Nurses legacy goes to the nation
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10 September 2013
A £520,000 legacy left by retired nurse Joan Edwards to
"whichever government is in office" and initially shared between the
Conservatives and Lib Dems will now be handed to the Treasury. This
follows criticism by some and claims it was meant to be left to the
David Cameron has agreed this is the "right decision" having seen the
wording of Miss Edwards's Will. He explained that it was his
understanding that the executors of the Will had decided the money
should go to the parties of government – whereas the actual words in
the Will suggested it was meant to benefit the nation.
The money would therefore go to the Treasury to "pay down the national
debt" which would "meet the spirit" of what Miss Edwards intended. He
said: "We accepted the money in good faith... but having been able to
look at the wording of the Will and consider the matter, I think this
is the right decision."
Miss Edwards died last year aged 90 and was a surprise name on a list
of donors to the political parties released recently by the Electoral
Commission. Her £520,000 bequest made her the biggest donor to the
Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties in the second quarter of the
year, dwarfing the usual contributions by City financiers and other big
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-10-09 09:08:18 in Legal Articles