Critics of Lord Sainsbury, the Science Minster and a multi-million pound donor to the ruling UK Labour Party, have accused him of abusing his position to persuade consumers to accept genetically modified foods. Sainsbury, a known supporter of GM technology, has shares in Innotech - an investment firm with interests in several biotechnology companies - that rose in value from £26.9m (US$39.1m) in 1998 to £42.6m at the end of 2000, it was reported last night. Critics claim his shares in Innotech amount to a conflict of interests.