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Dinner with British PM in exchange for donations: Report

world Updated: Aug 28, 2010 17:16 IST
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British Prime Minister David Cameron is offering wealthy business chiefs a chance to enjoy dinners with him in exchange for huge donations to his party, a media report said.

According to the 'Daily Express', donors can eat in the House of Commons or meet Cameron at campaign launches and receptions if they donate 50,000 pounds to ruling Conservative Party coffers.

They can also rub shoulders with select Cabinet ministers where the rich pay for a chance to meet a top Tory, the report said.

The revelation comes after the Conservative Party was accused of "cash for access".

It emerged yesterday that application forms on the party website say executives who buy 1,000-pound tickets to a party fundraising dinner are guaranteed to dine with at least one minister.

It comes as an embarrassment as Cameron, when leader of the Opposition, made a stinging attack on "secret corporate lobbying" in February.

The "donor clubs" began when he was leader of the Opposition, but the Tories yesterday admitted the "Leader's Group", which allows tycoons to mix with the PM, is still running.

A spokesman said: "Events to raise money are vital to pay for the running of the party."