A Blackpool pensioner has emerged as the true benefactor of a colossal donation to the Labour Party, previously thought to have come from billionaire F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Vera Dampatch has admitted to being the real Blair backer who gave a hearty £1 million pounds to the Labour Party shortly after Blair swept to power in his 1997 landslide election victory.
Speaking from her attic bed-sit just yards from Blackpool pier, the frail 94 year old has finally come clean to TheSpoof.com.
She explained she was once wed to wealthy northern property developer Watt Dampatch who amassed a large fortune before being struck down by an angry tenant in 1956, leaving her a sizable nest egg.
To avoid the unwelcome publicity of making the donation in her own name, Vera bought £1 million in Postal Orders and sent them to Blair under cover of a handwritten note claiming to come from Ecclestone. However her plans went awry when Blair was forced to return the contribution soon afterwards.
Vera told us she wrote to Ecclestone several times asking for a refund, but that her letters went unanswered.