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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
There were some interesting items on a list released by the Electoral Commission today showing 500-odd donations that went to political parties between January 1 and March 31.
The three main political parties accepted around £8m in donations: Conservatives received £4m, Labour received £3.5m and the Lib Dems, just over £600,000.
But within that party-loving Lib Dems got a string of donations from the Ministry of Sound, which runs the London club of the same name; £42,500, £3,578, £15,000, £20,596, £15,703.
Meanwhile the Tories got £25,000 from both gambling company A and S Leisure and from Selfridges and £70,000 from Staffordshire based JCB.
They also got over £205,000 from the disgraced former party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas, who stepped down after getting embroiled in the ‘cash for access’ scandal.
The vast majority of Labour’s donations came from unions. No surprise there. The government of Jordan gave £2,118 to David Miliband, meanwhile the Electoral Commission itself appeared to give £114,153 to the Lib Dems.