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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 nation.

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 money donors.

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