Labour seeks £10m loans delay
Labour is in emergency talks to renegotiate more than £10m of loans from wealthy businessmen to prevent itself running out of money. Most of the millionaires who secretly lent money to Labour in the run-up to the 2005 election ought to be repaid in the coming months but the party – which is £20m in the red – is in no position to do this. As a result, it is holding combined talks with all the lenders to find a single agreement that would allow the party to stagger repayments over up to nine years. An announcement is just weeks away, according to sources on both sides of the discussions.