Robert McAlpine

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Robert Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green[ (born 14 May 1942),[2] often known as Alistair McAlpine, is a retired British politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. "His grandfather Sir Robert, known affectionately as "Concrete Bob", founded the firm, which remains one of the biggest builders in the UK, responsible for the London 2012 Olympic stadium among many other projects... He is remembered as perhaps the most effective political fund raiser of his generation, helping to bankroll three successful general election campaigns. But he also faced controversy after accepting donations from disgraced tycoon Asil Nadir's Polly Peck firm. In August this year, he told the Daily Mail the Conservative Party should return the money - a call that has so far gone unheeded... He turned his back on the Conservative Party at the 1997 general election, campaigning for Sir James Goldsmith's eurosceptic Referendum Party, although he returned to the fold some years later..." [1]

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  1. bbc Profile: Lord McAlpine, organizational web page, accessed January 15, 2013.