Friday 24 July 2020 / 3:12 PM Angela Rayner

Angela Rayner responds to reports that Russian tycoon behind Aquind cannot be publicly identified

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Party Chair, responding to reports that the Russian tycoon behind Aquind, which has donated more than £240,000 to the Conservative Party since 2018 and plans to build a £1.2bn electric power link tunnel under the Channel, cannot be publicly identified, said:

“The Russia report laid bare the influence that super-rich Russian oligarchs have sought to exert over our politics.

“Given we already know that over a dozen Tory Ministers are being bankrolled by individuals and businesses with links to Russia, the public have a right to know the identity of the Russian tycoon behind this major UK infrastructure project.

“The Government has questions to answer about the links between party donors and planning applications if we are to believe that money does not buy influence over our politics.

“Labour is sure that the Prime Minister will be keen to reassure the public that bank-rolling the Tory Party does not buy Russian tycoons influence over planning applications and decisions relating to major infrastructure projects supplying our country’s energy needs.”