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Tories forfeit £101,500 donations

The Conservative Party has handed back two donations worth more than £100,000, the UK's elections watchdog said.

The donations, totalling £101,500, were forfeited after they were found to have breached rules, the Electoral Commission said.

One was a donation of £100,000 from an individual, Joanna Kate King, who was not on the electoral register at the time she gave the money, while the remaining £1,500 was from an unidentifiable source.

The donations date back to April 2006 and August 2004 respectively.

The Electoral Commission said the rule breaches had come to light after the Tories re-examined donations totalling £1,096,500 that had been declared as coming from RF Trustee Co Ltd but had in fact come from a series of individuals.

Commission records have been updated as a result, a spokesman said.


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