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  1. 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 –...

  2. 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,...

  1. April 24, 2014

    Labour cuts ties with Co-op Bank

    The Co-op Bank has been dealt a fresh blow after the Labour party confirmed that it is ending its historic relationship with...

  2. April 22, 2014

    Ukip donor Paul Sykes appears alongside Nigel Farage in Sheffield

    The reclusive multimillionaire behind the anti-Brussels UK Independence party has vowed there will be “no limit” to his...

  3. March 4, 2014

    Don’t keep your distance, Ukip tells potential donors

    Ukip has taken money from an eclectic list of donors including Sir Tim Rice, the lyricist behind Evita and Jesus Christ...

  4. March 4, 2014

    Farage campaigns against legislation for Ukip donor’s e-cigarettes

    Ukip leader Nigel Farage appeared in a YouTube video telling Brussels not to legislate against e-cigarettes after his party...

  5. March 1, 2014

    Labour backs election shake-up

    Ed Miliband applauded Labour’s “courage to change” on Saturday after members backed plans for a shake-up of the party,...

  6. February 28, 2014

    Blair welcomes changes to Labour voting structures

    Tony Blair has welcomed changes to Labour’s voting structures, saying that Ed Miliband had carried out long overdue reforms...

  7. February 14, 2014

    Questions for donors worsen Lib Dems’ week

    Chevening, a 17th century 115-room mansion in Kent, is thought to be the model for Rosings Park in Jane Austen’s Pride and...

  8. February 14, 2014

    Finmeccanica deals led to probe

    If Sudhir Choudhrie is not a household name in his adopted country, the same could not be said for India. Indian authorities...

  9. February 13, 2014

    Political donor held in UK Rolls-Royce probe

    A prominent Indian backer of the UK Liberal Democrat party and his son were the two suspects arrested earlier this week in...

  10. February 4, 2014

    Labour to change way its leaders are elected

    Labour’s governing council has approved plans to reform the way the party is funded and elects its leaders. The party’s...

  11. February 4, 2014

    Labour’s union ties are still binding

    One of the biggest questions facing Ed Miliband as he bids to become Britain’s next prime minister is whether he is prepared...

  12. January 31, 2014

    UK politics adopts Tesco’s Clubcard approach to assess voters

    Every time one of Britain’s 16m adults swipes their Clubcard at a Tesco checkout, the retailer adds the information to a...

  13. January 30, 2014

    Labour election and funding reform will take five years

    Labour will introduce a “one member, one vote” system to elect its leader and reform the way it raises money from the unions...

  14. November 18, 2013

    Millionaire donor pledges support for Ukip

    A self-made millionaire has offered to donate to Ukip ahead of next year’s European parliamentary elections in a move that...

  15. November 14, 2013

    MPs challenged in ‘back-door funding’ row

    Nick Clegg is among more than 200 MPs facing questions over office rental arrangements that critics say amount to a...

  16. November 10, 2013

    David Cameron criticised over Michael Spencer meeting at No 10

    David Cameron has been criticised after refusing to reveal the details of a visit to Downing Street in September by Michael...

  17. October 23, 2013

    Co-op Group ponders future of £1m donations to Labour party

    The Co-operative Group will decide within days whether to keep giving up to £1m a year to the Labour party – and to MPs...

  18. September 10, 2013

    Unions will not lose Labour voting powers for now, says Ed Miliband spokesman

    Trade unions are likely to keep their voting powers in internal Labour party decisions after Ed Miliband’s spokesman played...

  19. September 9, 2013

    Ed Miliband presses on with financial reform despite union critics

    Ed Miliband will seek to make history on Tuesday by vowing to shake up the financial link between the trade unions and...

  20. September 9, 2013

    How would a change to funding add up on the balance of power?

    Does Labour face a “financial hit” from its union reforms? Yes, in theory. Some £8m is at stake. But that money could still...

  21. September 8, 2013

    Union chief warns on feud with Labour party

    The fight between Ed Miliband and Labour’s union backers over funding could cost the party the next general election, a...

  22. September 6, 2013

    UK Labour party inquiry exonerates Falkirk candidate Karie Murphy

    The prospective Labour MP at the heart of a vote-rigging row in Falkirk has been exonerated by the party, which has found...

  23. September 4, 2013

    GMB threat to Labour may be less blood curdling than it seems

    The GMB has threatened to cut the “affiliation funds” it automatically gives to the Labour party from £1.2m to £150,000, as...

  24. August 26, 2013

    UK political parties trade barbs on funding

    Ed Miliband is a “weak leader buffeted by union pressure”, Michael Gove will say on Tuesday as the Tories ramp up their...

  25. August 14, 2013

    Donors hand over £3m to help Exchequer pay off national debt

    More than 100 members of the public have voluntarily handed over nearly £3m to the Exchequer in the past decade to help pay...

  26. August 14, 2013

    Joan Edwards – a curious case of a generous bequest

    Taking money from a dead woman is lousy politics. On Wednesday the UK’s Liberal Democrats and Conservatives said they would...

  27. August 14, 2013

    Tories and Lib Dems hand £500,000 will donation to Treasury

    The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives will use the more than £500,000 donation given in the will of a former nurse to pay...

  28. August 1, 2013

    New peerage list prompts criticism

    Five millionaires who have given large donations to the three main political parties are to take up seats in the House of...

  29. July 31, 2013

    Cruddas wins damages from Sunday Times

    Peter Cruddas, the former Treasurer of the Conservative party, has criticised the prime minister for treating him as an...

  30. July 24, 2013

    Unite boss warns Ed Miliband funding for Labour is conditional

    One of Labour’s biggest union backers has issued a warning to the party, urging Ed Miliband to drop his support for...

  31. July 22, 2013

    Miliband and unions head for funding showdown

    Ed Miliband will set up a confrontation with Labour’s biggest union backers in a special conference that will debate the...

  32. July 17, 2013

    David Cameron pressed on Lynton Crosby’s tobacco industry links

    David Cameron came under pressure on Wednesday to clarify his election strategist’s links to the tobacco industry as Labour...

  33. July 16, 2013

    David Cameron accused of deflecting criticism with lobbying bill

    David Cameron is poised to publish a bill cracking down on union funding as the Tories try to shift the spotlight away from...

  34. July 12, 2013

    Labour realised that parties need recruits, not conscripts

    In recent days there has been much talk about a drama in the Labour party – as though this was some kind of novelty. In my...

  35. July 10, 2013

    Political rancour deepens over party funding

    David Cameron faced a barrage of hostile questions about the Conservative party’s reliance on donations from City hedge...

  36. July 9, 2013

    Labour risks losing millions of pounds through funding reforms

    Ed Miliband’s proposed changes to Labour funding could shift millions of pounds of money away from the party and into the...

  37. July 9, 2013

    Miliband’s battle

    Ed Miliband, Labour leader, has launched a battle he cannot afford to lose. By choosing to give up the political levy that...

  38. July 8, 2013

    Miliband offers to cut union cord

    Ed Miliband has taken the biggest gamble of his political career by offering to end the historic system whereby millions of...

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