Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

Political donations hit £30m record

Published 28/05/2015

A record £30m was donated to political parties in the first quarter of this year
A record £30m was donated to political parties in the first quarter of this year

More than £30 million was donated to political parties in the first quarter of 2015 - the highest sum on record.

It is more than 50% up on the amount reported to the Electoral Commission in the same period ahead of the 2010 general election campaign, the independent party funding watchdog said.

Around half went to the Conservatives ( £15,404,569)m with Labour attracting £9,334,757, the Liberal Democrats £3,007,691, the Scottish National Party (SNP) £1,055,250 and Ukip £986,327.

Public funding for the period totalled £2,366,125 and parties between them owed £13,259,605 in outstanding loans - up £278,024 on the last quarter of 2014.

The biggest individual donation was the £661,250 given to the Tories by Addison Lee founder John Griffin, who had given £500,000 in each of the previous two years.

The party also received another £500,000 from Michael D Gooley, the founder of travel agent Trailfinders, taking his contribution to £1.5 million in less than 12 months.

Trade union Unite continued to be Labour's most important backer, giving £3,538,512 in the first quarter of the year - with the GMB providing another £696,680 and Unison £571,563.

EuroMillions lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir added another £1 million to their regular backing of the SNP.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph