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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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,...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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....

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. November 16, 2014

      Len McCluskey says unions will fight any cuts after UK election

      Len McCluskey, head of Britain’s biggest union Unite, has warned politicians that his members will campaign and protest...

    30. November 13, 2014

      Ukip seeks funds as donations slow

      The former treasurer of the UK Independence party has appealed for donors to give his party more cash, after figures were...

    31. October 16, 2014

      Eurosceptic bloc collapses after Latvian MEP resigns

      Nigel Farage is facing the potential loss of up to €10m of EU taxpayers’ funding for his UK Independence party after the...

    32. October 1, 2014

      Ex-Tory supporter’s UKip donation fails to overshadow forum

      A former Tory supporter has pledged to donate £1m to Ukip over the next year in a move designed to overshadow the last day...

    33. August 26, 2014

      Tories accused over funds for campaigns in key seats

      Labour will accuse the Tories on Tuesday of bankrolling their election campaign in marginal seats with “shady money” from...

    34. August 13, 2014

      UK Conservatives beat Labour on political donations

      The Conservatives raised almost twice the amount of political donations than Labour in the second quarter of the year after...

    35. July 29, 2014

      Old debts put UK Labour party still deep in the red

      Labour is still deeply in the red despite slashing its net liabilities by more than £20m since 2006, when there were fears...

    36. July 23, 2014

      David Cameron to play tennis with Russian donor

      David Cameron intends to keep an appointment to play doubles tennis with the wife of a former Russian minister who paid...

    37. July 10, 2014

      Celebrities line up to back Labour party fundraiser

      Artworks by Sir Antony Gormley, Sir Anish Kapoor and Grayson Perry – some of Britain’s best known contemporary artists –...

    38. May 15, 2014

      EuroMillions couple give further donation to SNP of £1m

      A couple who won more than £160m on the lottery have made an additional donation to the Scottish National party of £1m,...

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