The latest Electoral Commission figures are out for party donations and prove that the Tories will have much greater fire-power in the coming general election.
The Conservatives raised £10.5m in the three months to the end of December. Labour attracted just £5m. The Lib Dems were left trailing with barely more than £1m.
Labour are hoping to use this to their advantage by depicting themselves as the underdogs, as David Blunkett told the FT on Monday; a hard act to pull off after 13 years in power.
Will let you know later if more juicy facts emerge from the more detailed numbers.
(UPDATE: One interesting fact to emerge today is that Andrew Charalambous, the Tory candidate standing in Edmonton, gave £142,319 to his own campaign for advertising, printing and other campaigning…….)
Here is the list of all donors giving more than £200,000. Sorry for the glitch on Sir Nigel Doughty (top right) – he is the biggest giver of all in the period.
|Donor name||Total Amount (£)||Recipient|
|Sir Nigel Doughty||1,010,000||Labour Party|
|Lord David Sainsbury||1,000,000||Labour Party|
|David Rowland||738,000||Conservative Party|
|Unite – AMICUS Section||540,039||Labour Party|
|Stanley Fink||501,640||Conservative Party|
|Lord John Sainsbury of
|Joseph Bamford||400,000||Conservative Party|
|Michael D Bishop||335,000||Conservative Party|
|Unite – TGWU Section||334,945||Labour Party|
|Focus on Scotland||316,000||Conservative Party|
|IPGL Ltd||307,746||Conservative Party|
|Michael Farmer||274,000||Conservative Party|
|National Conservative Draws Society||257,104||Conservative Party|
|Lord Philip Harris of Peckham||250,000||Conservative Party|
|Sir Ronald Cohen||250,000||Labour Party|
|Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd||224,550||Liberal Democrats|
|Peter A Cruddas||200,000||Conservative Party|