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Party donations: Labour receives £3 million from unions this year

15 May 2014

4:27 PM

15 May 2014

4:27 PM

It’s time to find out which parties are in the money, thanks to the latest Electoral Commission information on party donations. According to the figures for Q1 2014, the Tories have received £6.7 million in donations (up from £3.7 million in Q1 2013) and Labour £4.4 million (compared with £3.7 million last year). It’s not surprising that donations are up because we’ve entered an important election season. Most of the donors are not new, so here are the top five donations to the Conservative party in 2014 so far, compared with last year:

  1. Michael Hintze: £1.5 million
  2. James Lupton: £258k
  3. Michael Farmer: £258k
  4. Alexander Fraser: £200k
  5. David Lilley: £200k

And the top five donors to the Labour party in 2014:

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  1. Unite the Union: £1.8 million
  2. Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers: £692k
  3. Unison: £420k
  4. Communication Workers Union – £142k
  5. Andrew Rosenfeld – £100k

The other parties received plenty of cash too — the Lib Dems brought in £1.1 million (up from £800k on the same period last year) and Ukip took £493k, a huge increase on the £75k they received in Q1 2013. The SNP also brought in £1.1 million, a 100 per cent increase from Q1 2013, thanks to two £500k lumps from lottery winners Christine and Colin Weir.

There are other interesting facts in these figures. First, Labour is still very much in hock to the unions. As Isabel pointed out in September, when the last batch of figures were published, the party is dangerously vulnerable to collapse if the unions cut funding — 75 per cent of their funding, as Grant Shapps has been eager to point out. Secondly, the two main parties are both in debt, albeit at very different levels. Labour has outstanding loans of £12 million, while the Tories owe £1.9 million. The worry for Labour (especially with the withdrawal of the Co-op’s generous assistance) is whether it can service that debt.

UPDATE: It’s been reported on LBC this evening that Unite the Union have front loaded their Labour donation for 2014 into this quarter alone.


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  • Mynydd

    Unite the Union donated £1.8m, Mr Cameron has said many times Unite has bought Mr Milliband and the Labour party. So by the same Cameron logic, Michael Hintze by his donation of £1.5m as bought Mr Cameron and the Conservative party. Further more the following have received cash donations from Mr Hintze: George Osborne, David Willetts, Liam Fox, Theresa May, David Davis, Adam Holloway, Boris Johnson, and William Hague.
    So what has he received from a party with a leader who could win a general election. The first thing that comes to mind, a reduction in the 50% tax rate to 45% with a Mr Cameron/Osborne’s promise to cut it further to 40%.

  • SgtVimes

    Labour isn’t in hock to the unions, its the political wing of the workers movement. Always has been.

    I see the Union and Cecil Club hasn’t been mentioned.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-dining-club-secretively-channels-hundreds-of-thousands-of-pounds-of-funding-by-anonymous-wealthy-donors-9380723.html

  • Shorne

    It is entirely likely that UKIP will do well in the local and EU elections. Although one in 10 previously elected UKIP councillors have since quit. If UKIP win all the EU seats it will mean they have about 10% of the total of 751. Nothing much will change as it is the Commissioners who hold the real power. So when the shouting golf club bar room bores who constitute the UKIP claque look out of their windows the morning after the election Britain will not have somehow reverted back to 1950.
    If any of the much vaunted Black or Asian UKIP candidates get elected to the EU parliament they will, as a result of UKIP’s membership of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group, find themselves having to associate with people who have, amongst other things, called black people ‘orang outangs’.
    A recent YouGov poll showed, for the first time a lead of 6% of those polled would vote to stay in the EU in a referendum.

  • you_kid

    We once again call for a cap all donations and demand political party funding by vote count. The much better deal for Britain, surely.

    • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

      Miliband wants a £5,000 cap on individual donations…… But will this mean the “individual” members of the Unions will still be allowed to channel their money via the Unions?

      • you_kid

        FAQ that – why are you not listening.
        Cap it at £50.00 – a much better deal for Britain, surely.

        • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

          Why cap it per person? Why not make it 500k max for both?

    • Wessex Man

      No it’s not, these sc**bags take enough of our money already!

  • EU thrall

    UKIP are our only hope!

    • crackenthorp

      our only hope of going down the plughole

      • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

        We already have, wake up, the EU are destroying our country.

        • telemachus

          Farage “I am Spartacus”
          We can but hope

          *

          After the army of former Roman slaves led by Spartacus is defeated in battle by legions of the Roman army, a Roman general stands before the captured surviving members of the slave army and demands that they turn over Spartacus, or else all of the former slaves will be executed. Upon hearing this and not wanting his friends to be executed, Spartacus stands up and says “I am Spartacus.” However, the loyalty of his friends is so great that each of them stands forward in succession, shouting “I am Spartacus!” until the shouts dissolve into a cacophony of thousands of former slaves each insisting “I am Spartacus!” Bewildered and still not knowing which of them is Spartacus, but impressed by the loyalty he inspires in his army, the Roman general has all of the slaves crucified in a miles-long display alongside the Appian Way leading back to Rome.

          • Wessex Man

            now you show yourself in your true colours not very nice is it.

            by the way where did you stand for UKip andwhen?

          • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8h_v_our_Q

            Have you never seen “Spartacus”? Or are you genuinely so patently stupid that you thought the above?

  • Colin

    The UNITE / Welfare party is virtually bankrupt. A loss in 2015 could be the coup de garce. One can but hope.

    • crackenthorp

      fruitcake and wrong

  • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

    liblabcon, who cares, we’re ruled by the EU.

    • HookesLaw

      No we are not.

      • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

        Why do you refuse to look at the facts?

        • southerner

          They get in the way of his Camerluvvie worship.

        • telemachus

          I guess what you are really saying is that individual human rights are less important than the narrow political point of Westminster Parliamentary autonomy
          Well my Father and my Uncle fought in WW 2 to ensure that the rights of the individual trumped the state
          And after victory successive British Governments worked very hard to ensure that these principles were enjoyed by all the peoples of Europe
          *
          I guess you would seek to deny them

          • wycombewanderer

            They might well wonder why they bothered given the outcomes for you and for Europe!

            • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

              Telemachus’s antecedents must be very ashamed of their Marxist successor.

            • telemachus

              They would be heartened by the 70 years of peace entrenched by the welding together by the European Bonding

              • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                Which was based on a trade agreement not dictatorship, they were fighting AGAINST a dictatorship of Europe.

                • telemachus

                  So why do you not engage to change the rules
                  Why does Farage do nothing other than barrack in the European Parliament
                  If predictions of electoral success next Thursday come to fruition he will fully have negated the UK voice in Europe
                  The disgrace of a man is anti democratic

                • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                  How is he undemocratic? He wants to restore our democracy, rather than unelected bureaucrats deciding our laws.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAyzWKXtbq0

                • Mynydd

                  Get it right it’s the commission and the EU parliament that make the law. The Lisbon treaty changed the system and gave parliament equal rights with the commission.

                • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                  That doesn’t contradict what I said.

                • Wessex Man

                  If you actually knew anything about the workings of the EU, you would know that it was UKip who spotted that in a subclause on Fishing that the Commissioners had inserted that would have taken away our territorial waters.

                  Your hatred of UKip is so blind that you actually hate your own country!

                • telemachus

                  I hate racist organisations trying to destroy all that I have ever held dear

                • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                  UKIP aren’t racist, you should know, you ran as a candidate!

              • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist
                • telemachus

                  The first minute is magic
                  Even Barroso approved

                • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                  Keep watching, you might learn something.

                • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                  Are you aware that Barroso is a supporter of Chairman Moa?

              • Wessex Man

                Liar liar house on fire!

                • telemachus

                  Please make an effort to understand modern history

              • balance_and_reason

                Based on US defence spending and an imploding socialist enemy.

          • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

            Not at all, I would prefer my elected representatives to decide my own laws in my own country.

            • telemachus

              Harmony of views economic prospects and justice are central to the work for peace we have all pursued since 1945

              • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                Their power has reached too far, their is very likely to be a war in the EU, the whole of Southern Europe now hate the Germans and the Germans hate the south. What you have now is an EU dictatorship.

                • telemachus

                  On the contrary the EU has bound the Greeks in and precluded further Colonels, the Spanish precluding a latter day Franco and the Portuguese precluding a latter day Salazar
                  The Greeks peered ove the abyss but elected, yes elected to stick with prosperity and the Euro
                  Your scare mongering does not hold water

                • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                  That is a lie, the Greeks were promised a referendum but then their leader was replaced by an EU puppet, now every 2 weeks a plane full of Eurocrats lands and sets their interest rates and decides everything for them then leaves. The Greeks are being kept as hostages of the EU.

                • telemachus

                  Because they want it
                  Because they like the kudos of the Euro

                • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist
                • Wessex Man

                  liar!

                • telemachus

                  Study the politics of Greece from the 70’s on

                • balance_and_reason

                  Merkel removed Berlusconi, however much you hate him, he was elected.

              • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist
              • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                This speech covers this argument very well from 3 mins,

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SxKUAMCw5Q

              • Wessex Man

                You nasty litle person, to invoke the millions who fought in the world wars to maintain your lies is really the lowest of the low. We are in likelyhood going to have a war in Europe because of the ‘Doves’ of the EU ferment revolt in the Ukraine, we all saw them there so don’t deny it.

                It was NATO that saw off the Communist threat not the ECC then the EU of which it’s President stated that he saw the EU as an Empire covering Europe and beyond!

                • telemachus

                  You should read the aspirations of the founders of the Common Market and subsequent statements by French and German Leaders
                  And the go and read for example Christopher Clark’s sleepwalkers or Max Hasting’s Catastrophe or the very persuasive Bullock’s Study in Tyranny

            • Mynydd

              Next week you can vote for your representative to decide the laws in France, Germany and all the other countries in the EU.

              • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

                1. No we can’t as the UK has absolutely no power, something like 50/800 MEPs.
                2. All I want is to vote for my own government to make my laws.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ird6zeidoY0

          • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist
      • EU thrall

        You have previously said you wanted to stay in the EU, yet are a Tory voter, do you not trust “call me Dave’s” “cast-iron guarantee” of a referendum in 2017?

        • Wessex Man

          Hooky quite often says the first thing to enter his head, he never has a mind open to anything not Tory Blue much like tele for labour. It’s this dog like devotion from people like them that in the past has kept the rogues in power, but no longer

          • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

            Either way he won’t be voting Tory…… Unless he thinks Cameron is a liar about giving us a referendum, in which case why vote for a liar?

            The logical answer would be not to vote.

  • HookesLaw

    UKIP ‘are’ their donor.

  • DWWolds

    And apart from the lottery winners the Scot Nats could only rustle up £100,000.

  • Kaine

    So, the Tories got a bunch of money from rich individuals allocated on their whims, and Labour got money from millions of working people allocated by democratic votes at policy conferences?

    And this is news?

    • John Dalton

      Who is Michael Hintze, why is he donating so much to the Tories and what’s he getting in return? I ask only because I find it baffling that anyone would chose to shower money on the shower that now constitute the party I used to vote for. Blue Labour will certainly not be getting money or votes from me.

      • HookesLaw

        He won’t be getting more than Lord Sainsbury who got a ministers job for all his millions of donations.
        It looks like he made all his money under New Labour.

      • EU thrall

        UKIP are our only hope..

        • crackenthorp

          fruitcake

          • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

            EU slave.

          • Wessex Man

            yes that sums up the power of you views.

    • wycombewanderer

      Democratic? Unions?

      What percentage of the membership did comrade Len get?

      Len’s a commie spending other peoples money:things don’t change in commie land!

    • Colin

      “Labour got money from millions of working people allocated by democratic votes at policy conferences?”

      Don’t make me p!ss myself laughing. Stitched up in a backroom deal with a very small gang of sinister, control freak, dinosaurs, more like.

      • HookesLaw

        And getting a say on policy as well.

        • Wessex Man

          Much like Call me Dave’s Multinationals and George’s father in law!

    • Realpolitik/ fruitcake/ racist

      What is a “bunch” of money? Is that a noun for a Union fee which you have no say over?

    • Wessex Man

      Yes democracy goes out the window to the Union Barons and multinationals!

  • CharlietheChump

    Late post, Guido had this this morning. Catch Up!

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