Brown gets a coat of red paint from the press

I give you the red-wash:

 1. Gordon Brown’s class war attack on Cameron

2. Gas and electricity bosses told ‘give back profits’, Energy giants told to help poor or face levy

3. Gordon Brown to curb second home ownership

The reality, of course, is somewhat different…

Tensions between Gordon Brown and the trade unions were exposed at the closing session of Labour’s spring conference yesterday when the leader of the affiliated unions rejected the prime minister’s call for a commission on agency workers.

Tony Dubbins, the chairman of Tulo, the group representing unions affiliated to Labour, angered party officials when he demanded talks quickly on a second wave of pro-union reforms and said unions should oppose attempts to cap their donations. [Emphasis added]

Second wave? Whatever happened to the first wave? We are hardly witnessing a tsunami of socialist measures…

Look who lunch with, and donate to, New Labour:

Lord Sainsbury, 67, Labour’s most generous donor, giving more than £8 million since 2002.

Still large stockholder in supermarket chain that bears his name. Junior Minister for Science under Tony Blair, resigned in November 2006 to spend more time working on charitable causes. Questioned by police over the cash for peerages

Jon Aisbitt, 50, director of Man Group, Britain’s largest hedge fund firm, thought to be worth more than £100 million. Has donated £250,000 annually to Labour over past three years.

Also gave £250,000 to Mr Blair’s 2005 election campaign and pledged £2 million for city academy in Brighton

Martin Littler, 59, chairman and CEO of Oldham-based Inclusive Technologies, said he had given around £15,000 to Labour and was “flattered” to be invited to dinner

M T Rainey, or Mary Rainey, 52, former advertising executive, close to Mr Brown. Set up mentoring networking website,, launched last year at No 10 reception.

Non-executive director at Scottish Media Group and WH Smith, founded Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe. Says she has given small amounts but not enough to register with Electoral Commission

Sonny Leong, 55, from Chiltern, Oxfordshire, chairman of airline chartering service One Charter plc, has given £56,755 to Labour since 2004.

Came to prominence last month after Alan Johnson was criticised for registering late donations, including £2,000 from Mr Leong. Previously involved in successful publishing ventures

Bill Bottriell, 50, from North London, founded online recruitment company SThree which floated in 2005. Has given £48,000 to Labour’s HQ since then, but came to attention last year when Mr Hain failed to declare donations including £5,000 from Mr Bottriell towards deputy leadership campaign.

Reportedly a Tottenham Hotspur shareholder, once paid £1,700 for tour of No 10, auctioned by Cherie Blair to raise funds for sons’ school, the London Oratory

Stefanos Stefanou, 66, chairman of Hertfordshire construction company John Doyle Group plc, has given £40,000 to Labour. Donated to Harriet Harman’s successful mdeputy leadership campaign.

Appointed OBE last January for services to construction industry.

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