Commonwealth cronyism scandal deepens after UK pulls millions in funding

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A crisis over the future of the Commonwealth and its top official has deepened, with the United Kingdom refusing to hand over £4.7 million ($9 million) to the Commonwealth Secretariat.

A crisis over the future of the Commonwealth and its top official has deepened after the organisation's biggest contributor followed Australia and pulled its funding.

The Technical Cooperation fund is one of the three major funds used to support the Commonwealth Secretariat. This is the same fund Australia has cut its funding from.The triple funding blow threatens the Commonwealth's effectiveness and could force Baroness Scotland out of the job earlier than expected.

Canada suspended its own voluntary contributions to the Technical Cooperation Fund during a dispute over human rights in 2014 and a spokesperson said it had "no current plans to reinstate it"."The decision to appoint or re-appoint Commonwealth secretaries-general belongs to the 54 Commonwealth heads of government," said the spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada.

The usual tendering rules were waived and a £90,000 contract was granted, followed by another worth £162,000 plus tax.


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