Jeremy Hunt's Campaign Funded by Close Ally of Saudi Leader MBS Watch

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Jeremy Hunt's campaign to be Conservative party leader and the United Kingdom's next prime minister is being partly funded by a close associate to Mohammad Bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Ken Costa, the UK government's special representative to the Crown Prince's "Saudi Vision 2030" plan to modernise the Persian Gulf state's economy, has donated £10,000 to Hunt's leadership campaign.

Costa is described as the prince's "point man" to the UK.

The opposition Labour party said the revelation raised serious questions about the Foreign Secretary's independence and ability to remain in his post.

"Serious questions need to be raised if the foreign secretary is taking money from Saudi interests to finance his bid to become prime minister," Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, who sits on the committee for monitoring arms exports, said.

"Hunt needs to give back the money immediately and pledge to not accept future donations that could interfere with his day job of running the foreign office."

Bin Salman is a highly-controversial figure. A UN report found "credible evidence" to say he and other Saudi officials were behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey last year.

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Hunt's rival in the Conservative party leadership contest, Boris Johnson, has also previously accepted a donation from Saudi Arabia.

Last year Johnson registered £14,000 in flights and hospitality from the Saudi Arabian government for a trip to the country.

The former Foreign Secretary visited the country days before the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

He subsequently authorised arm sales to continue to the country, days after an airstrike by the Saudis on a factory which killed 14 people in 2016.


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Both Tory candidates complicit in the Saudis' barbaric invasion of Yemen -- which has killed tens of thousands of civilians and created the world's worst humanitarian crisis in the poorest country in the Middle East -- now found to have received funds from the Saudis.

Quelle surprise...
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