Tax officials refused to investigate big Tory donor probed by French over money laundering
Tory money – tough questions for Theresa May after tax officials refused to investigate the party’s biggest company donor
THE UK Government is facing tough questions after revelations that HMRC [HM Revenue and Customs] refused to assist a French investigation into the multi-national telecoms giant Lyca Mobile, the Tory party’s biggest corporate donor.
Scottish Labour take million pound financial hit after election defeat
Party staff and office expenses slashed with worst results for a century
LABOUR IN SCOTLAND is millions of pounds a year poorer due to losing the majority of its elected members of parliament in London and Edinburgh.
Prior to 2007 Labour dominated councils, Holyrood and MPs elected to Westminster, which funded an empire of political offices and party staff teams to support the work of its politicians.
Investigation launched into Scottish Tories donation amid "dark money" legal fears
Concerns over political donations through ‘unincorporated association’ reported
THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION has launched an investigation into the truth behind a £100,000 donation made to a Conservative association in North Ayrshire after investigative journalists revealed legal concerns over whether it met the requirements of the 2009 Elections Act.
Mystery deepens over who bankrolled DUP pro-Brexit campaign
Scottish journalists lead questioning over mystery DUP Brexit donations
AN INVESTIGATION INTO MYSTERY CASH for the Brexit campaign has become a live issue in the Northern Irish assembly elections after revelations by two Scotland-based journalists.
Anti-Union Bill: Poll shows 77% of public think wealthy have too much political influence
Electoral Reform Society poll brings anti-union funding measures into question
THE ELECTORAL Reform Society has released polling results that show 77 per cent of the public believe that big donors have too much influence over political parties.
The figures have been released to coincide with a motion in the House of Lords (20 January) to make the Trade Union Bill one part of a cross-party deal to put constraints on party funding across the board. Under current plans contained in the bill, only Labour will have its funding cut.
"Britain's greediest billionaire", who wants to sack Scottish journalists, donates PS1m to Ukip
Richard Desmond ploughs money into Farage while cutting staff
THE OWNER of the Daily Express newspaper, Richard Desmond, faced criticism from staff and union representatives after announcing a PS1m payment to the UK Independence Party (Ukip) today [Friday 17 April].
Desmond's record donation to the party takes place at an awkward time for the media tycoon, as he continues his attempts to force through deep cuts to the paper's news operations.
SNP landslide would lead to biggest financial boost in party's history
'Short money' and staff expenses would provide a surge in extra campaign resources
THE Scottish National Party winning a majority of seats in Scotland this May would bring substantial financial benefits to the party, according to reports and figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).
SNP election victory would cost Labour millions of pounds, figures show
Loss of MPs removes a crucial source of party income
A SWING in seats at May's election would have significant consequences for party funding in Scotland, according to figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. (IPSA)
Tories pay PS110,000 to shoot 500 pheasants at donors' dinner
British super-rich splash PS3m of cash for David Cameron's party
A BUST of Margaret Thatcher, access to four Conservative Cabinet Ministers and a weekend shooting pheasants were all for sale at a multi-million pound banquette for rich Tory donors this week.
The 'Black and White Ball', which attracted businesspeople, financiers and politicians on 10 February, cost up to PS15,000 a table for entertainment at Grosvenor House in Mayfair, London.