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    1. May 18, 2015

      Q&A: Is Len McCluskey Labour’s kingmaker?

      Len McCluskey, boss of Unite, has raised eyebrows by suggesting the union could end its financial support for Labour,...

    2. May 4, 2015

      Greens and SNP tap into grassroots with election crowdfunding

      It has been used to launch comics, gadgets, apps, breweries, ships, lightbulbs and football clubs. Now crowdfunding has...

    1. April 16, 2015

      Richard Desmond gives £1m to Ukip

      The UK Independence party has received a sizeable financial boost, after Richard Desmond, the cigar-smoking pornographer...

    2. April 16, 2015

      General election: Donation data reveal Labour’s reliance on unions

      Labour’s increasing reliance on the unions for finance in the run-up to the general election has been highlighted by new...

    3. April 9, 2015

      Co-op vote could end support for Labour MPs

      Financial support for prominent Labour MPs including shadow chancellor Ed Balls, Stella Creasy and Chris Leslie could be hit...

    4. April 9, 2015

      Interactive: UK political donations

      The Electoral Commission keeps a record of every donation above £7,500 to Britain’s political parties. Although nominally...

    5. March 27, 2015

      Scottish National party prepares to storm UK House of Commons

      The Scottish National party will demand millions of pounds in public money and a central role in the UK’s parliament if, as...

    6. March 12, 2015

      Lib Dem quits amid donation allegations

      The former head of fundraising for the Liberal Democrats has stepped down as a party election candidate after being caught...

    7. March 9, 2015

      Labour candidates reject Blair donation

      Two Labour candidates have refused £1,000 donations towards their election campaigns from former leader Tony Blair,...

    8. March 9, 2015

      Labour’s top donor warns on UK election gridlock

      Labour’s biggest private donor has given the party a further “five-figure” donation in the run-up to the general election in...

    9. February 19, 2015

      Britain’s parties should be funded by the state

      As Britain heads for a general election in May, the political parties are not only competing over policy. They are also in a...

    10. February 19, 2015

      Unions and City pour £15m into major parties

      Trade unions and City financiers have poured money into Britain’s two major parties, as the most closely contested election...

    11. February 19, 2015

      Party funding scandals must cease, says Electoral Reform Society

      After a month that has seen the Labour and Conservative parties trade accusations about the tax affairs of their largest...

    12. February 16, 2015

      Stuart Wheeler restores cash flow but says Ukip will still fall short

      One of the UK Independence party’s most generous donors has dropped his threat to cut off funding and plans to spend...

    13. February 15, 2015

      Labour draws up plans for review into HMRC dealings

      The firestorm sparked by the release of secret files on HSBC’s Swiss operations continued to rage over the weekend, as the...

    14. February 13, 2015

      Lesson for Tories: you can have too many friends in high places

      For party managers, a row involving a wealthy political donor is always tricky to handle. It must have been nightmarishly...

    15. February 13, 2015

      Week of bad news puts UK’s Conservative party on the spot

      It was the week when David Cameron rubbed shoulders with porn barons and offshore financiers at a secretive Conservative...

    16. February 12, 2015

      Hedge fund ‘godfather’ reluctantly drawn into dogfight

      As he sat down to a curry lunch near the House of Commons on Wednesday, Stanley Fink, the Conservative peer, was digesting...

    17. February 12, 2015

      Labour tax affairs under scrutiny after Fink clash

      By criticising tax avoidance — an entirely legal activity — Ed Miliband has opened up some of his own colleagues and donors...

    18. February 12, 2015

      Lord Fink drops threat to sue Miliband in tax row

      Stanley Fink, the former Conservative treasurer and hedge fund chief, has backed away from a threat to sue Ed Miliband,...

    19. February 11, 2015

      Ed Miliband attacks David Cameron’s ‘dodgy donors’

      Ed Miliband has sought to enmesh the Conservatives in allegations that HSBC helped clients evade tax, calling David Cameron...

    20. February 11, 2015

      Fink tells Miliband to repeat tax attack outside Commons

      Lord Fink, the former Conservative party treasurer, has challenged Ed Miliband to repeat his attack on “dodgy” Tory donors...

    21. February 11, 2015

      Ed Miliband attacks Conservatives over donors

      Ed Miliband has labelled David Cameron “a dodgy prime minister surrounded by dodgy donors”, as the Labour leader sought to...

    22. February 10, 2015

      Ed Miliband’s union gamble fails to pay off

      Ed Miliband’s promise to recast relations with the trade unions in July 2013 was portrayed as a big gamble that could cost...

    23. February 10, 2015

      Labour hit by slump in donations from wealthy individuals

      Donations to Labour from individuals have slumped to less than half of their level during the last parliament, highlighting...

    24. February 10, 2015

      Green energy tycoon donates £250,000 to Labour

      Dale Vince, the green energy entrepreneur, is giving the Labour party £250,000 to fight the general election campaign. The...

    25. February 9, 2015

      Tories out in force for London fundraising ball

      The Conservative party on Monday night auctioned off a shoe shopping trip with Theresa May, home secretary, and dinner at...

    26. February 9, 2015

      Labour donor Andrew Rosenfeld dies aged 52

      Andrew Rosenfeld, the property tycoon and big donor to the Labour party, has died at the age of 52 after a short illness,...

    27. February 4, 2015

      Tories ask donors to ‘double up’, says one backer

      David Cameron will host the Conservatives’ annual Black and White Ball on Monday: ministers and wealthy backers will mix at...

    28. February 4, 2015

      Number of big City backers for Tories doubles

      The number of big City backers for the Conservative party has doubled during this parliament, as leading figures from the...

    29. February 4, 2015

      Miliband attacks Tories as ‘party of hedge funds’

      Ed Miliband has tried to deflect business criticism of Labour by claiming that the Conservatives are keeping open a City tax...

    30. February 4, 2015

      Donations yield embarrassment all round for hedgies and Tories

      Horror is the only appropriate reaction to the news that the Tories have been taking donations from hedge fund managers....

    31. January 23, 2015

      Tycoon Arron Banks unrepentant for backing Ukip

      Arron Banks cannot stand metropolitan types, bankers, “pinkos” and former public school boys. The insurance tycoon who is...

    32. January 21, 2015

      Lord Oakeshott gives Miliband a boost

      A former Liberal Democrat peer and close ally of Vince Cable is giving hundreds of thousands of pounds to 30 Labour...

    33. January 16, 2015

      Conservatives set to outgun Labour on general election spending

      The Conservatives are set to outspend Labour in May’s UK general election by millions, having begun the campaign with a...

    34. January 8, 2015

      Unions say lobbying curbs will hit election campaigning

      Britain’s biggest trade unions have complained that new rules brought in by the government to restrict lobbying will hurt...

    35. December 23, 2014

      Ukip donor behind website attacking main parties

      The LibLabCon is a slick website which says it is run by an unnamed “independent” campaign group aiming to “expose the...

    36. December 12, 2014

      Newspaper publisher Desmond switches to Ukip from Labour

      Richard Desmond, the owner of the Express and Star newspapers and adult TV channels, has given £300,000 to the UK...

    37. December 11, 2014

      Ukip at war over Neil Hamilton’s pursuit of seat

      War has broken out at the top of the UK Independence party, with officials accusing one of its most significant funders of...

    38. December 3, 2014

      Ukip employs six Farage guards

      The UK Independence party employs six people to protect Nigel Farage in spite of a funding crunch that has led donors to...

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