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    1. April 28, 2016

      Cameron climbdown hands Labour £30m union funding boost

      Labour no longer stands to lose an estimated £30m of union funding this parliament after ministers watered down the...

    2. March 22, 2016

      Government U-turn on opposition funding

      Ministers have dropped plans to slash state funding for opposition parties in the latest U-turn designed to cool...

    1. March 17, 2016

      Tory defeat in Lords prompts compromise on trade union bill levy

      Ministers are prepared to offer a partial climbdown after the government was defeated in the Lords over its attempts to...

    2. March 2, 2016

      Government urged to open fresh talks on political party funding

      Ministers have been urged to open fresh talks on political party funding after a cross-party committee of peers warned...

    3. February 25, 2016

      Unions refuse to fund Corbyn supporters group

      Earlier this month Jeremy Corbyn sported a badge saying “I Love Unions” in homage to the labour movement which helped...

    4. February 17, 2016

      Pickles steps up attack on union funds

      The government has stepped up its rhetoric on trade unions’ political activities as Sir Eric Pickles claimed unions...

    5. January 20, 2016

      Tories suffer Lords defeat on changes to party funding rules

      A House of Lords committee will be set up to consider changes to party funding after Labour and the Liberal Democrats...

    6. January 17, 2016

      House of Lords set for showdown over UK union reforms

      Labour and the Liberal Democrats are planning a pincer movement in the House of Lords this week to thwart an attempt by...

    7. December 1, 2015

      Labour fears income drop of £25m over this parliament

      Labour is set to lose more than £6m a year as a result of rule changes by the Conservative government in this...

    8. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: plan to cut subsidies for UK opposition parties

      Public subsidies for opposition parties will be sharply cut under proposals that provoked a chorus of criticism in...

    9. November 13, 2015

      Ukip loses 7,000 members and lays off staff since election

      The UK Independence party has lost 7,000 members and been forced to lay off staff following its underwhelming general...

    10. September 20, 2015

      Surge in membership set to hand Labour a £4m financial lifeline

      Labour is set to receive close to £4m a year from a surge in grassroots support since the May general election which...

    11. July 10, 2015

      Conservatives prepare for attack on trade union political funds

      The Conservative government will launch an attack on Labour’s biggest source of funding within days by announcing plans...

    12. June 12, 2015

      Political donors receive honours in Queen’s birthday list

      A clutch of Conservative party donors have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours, including Mick Davis,...

    13. June 12, 2015

      Ukip donor Richard Desmond unsure over EU exit

      The UK Independence party’s biggest donor says he is not sure whether Britain should leave the EU even though that is...

    14. June 4, 2015

      Eurosceptics fear being outspent in UK referendum campaign

      Campaigners for Britain to leave the EU fear they will be outspent by their opponents under rules allowing a budget of...

    15. May 28, 2015

      Addison Lee founder helped Conservatives build election war chest

      A large sum from the founder of the Addison Lee cab company helped the Conservative party pull in 50 per cent more in...

    16. May 27, 2015

      UK government to raise threshold for strike ballots

      Britain’s six million union members will in future need to opt in to contribute to political funds as part of...

    17. 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,...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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,...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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