poker deals new turmoil, Fiona Hudson - 9th October
high-stakes charity poker match co-hosted by Shane
Warne has sparked a political stoush.
are claims that celebrities who attended the $25,000-a-head
night, which attracted stars including singer
Sting and actor Hugh Grant, did not realise some
of their donations would go towards Britain's
event was organised by ecologist Zac Goldsmith
to raise money for the Shane Warne Foundation
and another group called Ecology Grants.
said soon after the event that 30raiser players
had paid $25,000 each to play.
total, we reckon we raised more than $500,000
for the charities, which makes it a wonderful
evening," he said.
Grants bankrolls an environmental group set up
by Conservative leader David Cameron to develop
policies, it was reported yesterday.
for Warne said the cricketer had no idea the event
was raising money for a political party.
is not linked to any political party and believed
this was an event to raise money for the Shane
Warne Foundation," he said.
for Mr Goldsmith denied claims by the Labour Party
that Warne and other celebrities had been duped
into funding the Tories.
causes being supported by the event... were clearly
on the invitations," he said.