THERESA MAY has been urged to hand back almost £300,000 in Tory party donations received from a property tycoon reportedly profiting from an apartment block rife with prostitution.
More than 100 prostitutes are said to be working from the Chelsea Cloisters block in south-west London, which is owned by Christopher Moran.
The multi-millionaire earns millions of pounds in rent and service charges every year from the block of 670 apartments — described by one man who visited the building as ‘ten floors of whores’.
Labour MP Gavin Shuker, who chaired the all-party parliamentary group which penned a report on the sex trade earlier this year, wrote on Twitter: ‘Tonight, I’ve called for donations to the Tory party made by Chelsea Cloisters’ owner to be given to charities tackling human trafficking and sexual exploitation.’
In a statement through his lawyers, Mr Moran, 70, said he ‘categorically denied’ he had acquiesced with or tolerated any prostitution in Chelsea Cloisters and he had not profited from its proceeds.
There is no suggestion Mr Moran is involved with the prostitution, and the statement said his management took a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach towards it. Undercover reporters from The Sunday Times were able to make 40 bookings with prostitutes using 23 apartments in the building — 15 of them in flats rented from Mr Moran’s company Realreed.
The Diva Escorts agency boasted it had 100 women available at the premises on a single night, while 24hr London Escort names the block as its office address, saying on its website: ‘For the punters that knows best, the Chelsea Cloisters in London SW3 has always been a notorious place for accommodating sexy London escorts.’
Another agency, called Caprice, described how to find the building, saying: ‘You can’t miss it. It’s the building teeming with escorts and rosy-cheeked men with empty wallets.’
Mr Moran has donated £290,000 to the Tory party on a personal and company basis. Police told The Mail On Sunday the block was ‘a well-known cause of concern’, while declining to confirm prostitution claims.