The Smith Institute, nicknamed the "Sith institute" by bloggers in allusion to the bad guys from the "Star Wars" Universe, has been a think tank which is extremely close to Gordon Brown.
Last month the Charity Commission published a report which was extremely critical of the Smith Institute and whether it was operating in ways which were appropriate for a registered charity.
Guido Fawkes and Iain Dale report today that Lord Haskel, chairman of the Smith Institute, has resigned, as has Director Wilf Stevenson, and that it the organisation has left its offices at the New Statesman.
Chris Grayling has just issued a press statement:
“There have been a number of serious allegations made about the relationship between Gordon Brown and the Smith Institute. The fact that two of its most senior figures have resigned in the wake of the Charity Commission report suggests something was seriously amiss. There’s already been a complaint to the Electoral Commission about the Prime Minister’s links with the Institute. That complaint now needs to be fairly investigated.”