Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb
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Coalition donation row: 'The lady's wishes are paramount'

The Tories and Lib Dems are facing calls to hand back a large bequest, amid claims it was intended for the benefit of the nation.

Bristol nurse Joan Edwards left £520,000 to "whichever government is in office... to use as they may think fit," according to the Daily Mail.

Lib Dem Pensions Minister Steve Webb says Ms Edwards' wishes are "paramount" in any decision which is taken.

He said: "I absolutely think this lady's wishes should be honoured whatever they were."

  • 14 Aug 2013