They haven’t yet confirmed it but Labour member Gordon Prentice – a longstanding Ashcroft enemy – has revealed it on his blog. The inquiry takes place on March 18.
The Electoral Commission is refusing to comment on a BBC story that the commission has found the £5.1m of Bearwood donations to be legal. Bearwood Corporate Services is owned by Lord Ashcroft.
My impression is that we’ll get an announcement later today, although this isn’t guaranteed.