Labour donor Willie Haughey linked to cocaine city councillor

A BIG Labour donor faces allegations of “cash for favours” over his links to a disgraced council leader who confessed to using cocaine.

Willie Haughey, who has given £1m to Labour, is alleged to have benefited financially from a series of decisions involving the former leader of Glasgow city council. The allegations raise serious questions about the far-reaching influence of a party donor.

Haughey, a former director at Celtic football club, is one of Scotland’s most influential businessmen. Last year, he attended a private dinner in Glasgow where the guests included the prime minister and Jim Murphy, the Scottish secretary. In February, he donated a two-week holiday at his villa in Florida for a Labour fundraising dinner at the Glasgow Hilton, which Gordon Brown also attended.

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