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LONDON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown continues to have a difficult time. His problem arises from the need for funds to run the Labour Party.

Tony Blair, his predecessor, was interviewed by the police over accusations that honors (a seat in the House of Lords) had been promised to Labour Party fund donors. It was eventually decided that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute anybody over these allegations. Allegations were also made against both the Labour and Conservative Parties that they were accepting loans from rich people, knowing that the lenders had no intention of asking for their money back. This was a way around the rule that donations had to be declared while loans did not.

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