Lawyers and politicians red-faced over will

People normally leave their cash to relatives, animal sanctuaries or their cat. Not the Government. But the Tories and Lib Dems had to return a £520,000 donation to the Treasury this morning after accepting money from a pensioner which may not have been for them.

The name partners at Bristol-based Davis Wood were no doubt left scratching their heads after they were faced with a will from a former nurse which specified that all the proceeds of her estate were to be paid to “whichever Government is in office.”

The Government’s initial decision to share the money as a party donation – instead of being spent on rather more pressing policy areas such as health or education, was not greeted with enthusiasm. Perhaps the nurse would have been better off handing her cash to a donkey home after all.

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