Cash for access

We reported in this morning’s FT that wealthy Conservative backers are increasingly anxious about giving money to the party, worried they will end up in the headlines when the next donor scandal breaks.

In the last six months, these donors have been exposed to the media spotlight twice: first in the controversy over who was paying for Adam Werritty, Liam Fox’s unofficial adviser, and now in the scandal prompted by allegations that prospective donors were offered access to Number 10 in return for cash.

One prominent backer told the FT he was adopting a “hedgehog” policy – retreating behind his spines rather than giving more money and exposing himself to this level of scrutiny. He said: Read more