Abrahams denies 'Jewish conspiracy' remark

Abrahams denies every having giving interview to Jewish Chronicle.

Gordon Brown 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
Gordon Brown 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
The British businessman at the center of the row over hidden donations to the Labor Party has denied making comments that he made his donations secretly to avoid accusations of a "Jewish conspiracy." David Abrahams was said to have given around £650,000 anonymously to the Labor Party through four other people. In an article in this week's Jewish Chronicle, it is alleged that he claimed that he had made his donations secretly so as to avoid accusations of his being part of a "Jewish conspiracy." Abrahams denies giving the interview to the weekly national Jewish publication. His spokesman, Martin Minns, said in a statement that the comments were "misrepresented" and that he wanted to remain anonymous solely to protect his privacy. "All week he has refused to give the Jewish Chronicle an interview and this report warrants no further comment," Minns added. Speaking to the BBC's Newsnight program on Thursday night, Jewish Chronicle editor David Rowan said that the paper had spoken to Abrahams "by phone at the beginning of this week's news cycle and we have notes backing everything." "He subsequently didn't grant a full one-to-one interview but we stand by everything," he added. In the article, Abrahams refuted the accusation in The Daily Telegraph newspaper that the money was not his and that it came from Israel. "That was patently untrue," he said. "My accountant has recently done my books and it was all there. The money was earned legitimately through hard work and it was totally wrong to say that it came from Israel." Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said the party will pay back all of the money. Labor Party officials have been holding talks with the Electoral Commission on how this should be done.