Party funding

Five things you need to know about the latest political donations report

19 February 2015 15:06

£20 million — that’s how much money was donated to the political parties in the last quarter of 2014. The…

Who judges the judges?

18 March 2014 12:53

I like Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake of the Sunday Times. I will not pretend they are anything like close…

Tories and Lib Dems pass on will donation to contain row

14 August 2013 11:12

So both the Lib Dems and the Tories have yielded to the inevitable, and passed on the Joan LB Edwards…

Grant Shapps today announced that the Conservatives would select candidates for 2015 using the existing constituency boundaries. Picture: Getty.

Grant Shapps: No talks with the Lib Dems on a party funding for boundary changes deal

14 October 2012 12:10

Grant Shapps, the perky new Tory chairman, has just been grilled on The Sunday Politics by Andrew Neil about the…

Karl Rove’s a believer

1 September 2012 16:27

I’m indebted to John Rentoul for drawing my attention to this report of a talk given by Karl Rove to…

A deal on party funding could enrage Tory backbenchers all over again

13 August 2012 16:30

Are the Tories about to do a deal with the Liberal Democrats over political party funding? Benedict Brogan intriguingly suggests…

How serious is Miliband?

15 April 2012 14:40

The Tories reckon that Ed Miliband’s proposed donation cap of £5,000 is a con that will hit their funding every year,…

The politics of taking big money out of politics

15 April 2012 12:40

Ed Miliband is nothing if not persistent. Party funding has been a running theme of his leadership, necessitated by his…

Cameron needs a proper solution on party funding — and soon

1 April 2012 9:14

Today’s ‘cash for access’ revelations (£) are, taken individually, less perturbing than last week’s. What we learn is that David…

How will the Lib Dems respond?

26 March 2012 14:43

The key thing to watch for during Francis Maude’s statement is the Lib Dem reaction. At the moment, the Tories…

Transparency, not state funding

25 March 2012 18:02

Cutting the 50p rate was economically the right thing to do, but the politics of it are hugely complicated. The…

Party funding reforms won’t happen

22 November 2011 11:43

The recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s review into party funding are not going to happen. Both…

Miliband: We can’t go on like this

25 June 2011 10:56

It’s odd how political leaders often address their parties in the clichéd terms of soap operas’ most tortured romances. Ed…

Ed Miliband’s party reforms are purely presentational

28 December 2010 17:24

Ed Miliband’s proposal to cap party donations at £500 – thereby restraining the huge one-off union payments that sustain Labour…

The Tories and Lord Ashcroft – stupidity rather than wrongdoing?

18 March 2010 9:12

So the Lord Ashcroft story is back on the airwaves, courtesy of a document leaked to the BBC.  That document…

The Tories’ growing mood of quiet confidence

17 March 2010 19:46

It is worth pointing out, because it is so different from what was happening a few weeks back, that the…

For the workers?

17 March 2010 9:05

One of the defences that Labour types are mustering over Unite is, bascially, that it’s better to be funded by…

War of attrition may prove to be Labour’s downfall

5 January 2010 10:47

The party that nearly bankrupted Britain has bankrupt itself. The Times reports that, once again, Labour’s coffers are bare and…