Sugar donates £400,000 to Labour
ALAN Sugar, star of hit show 'The Apprentice' has donated £400,000 (€453,000) to the Labour Party.
The businessman, who is also a Labour peer, said he gave the boost to the party's coffers to assist with its running costs during the election campaign.
His endorsement could help repair damage to Labour ahead of the May 6 general election, after several major firms last week said they backed the plan of main rival the Conservatives to scrap Labour's proposed 1pc increase in payroll tax.
Business groups and more than 60 large employers criticised British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's proposal to raise the national insurance payroll tax, saying it would cost jobs and damage recovery.
Mr Sugar said he had donated cash during previous campaigns.
He said: "I can confirm that I have today agreed a donation of £400,000 to the Labour Party.
"When I have made political donations in the past, I have always done so at the time of a general election to assist in campaign running costs."