There are rules controlling the donations and loans that political parties receive.
There are rules on who can make donations and loans to political parties and other campaigners. For instance, individuals can only donate if they are on an electoral register.
Parties have to record the donations and loans they receive, check they are from a permissible source, and report larger donations and loans to The Electoral Commission. Details of loans and donations are published on the Electoral Commission’s online database to ensure there is transparency about the funding of parties.
What is a donation?
A donation is money, goods or services given to a party without charge or on non-commercial terms, with a value of over £500. Some examples of donations include:
- A gift of money or other property.
- Sponsorship of an event or publication.
- Subscription or affiliation payments.
- Free or specially discounted use of an office.
Who has donated locally?
If we take a peek into the database we can see that, in the Amber Valley constituency, the Conservatives have had £31,300 donated to them since April 2008. These donations have come from:
|Mr David Bliss||£2,000.00|
|Mr Robert M Kirkland||£5,000.00|
|Mr Timothy Rice||£2,500.00|
|United & Cecil Club||£4,300.00|
|Mr John Cotton||£2,500.00|
|Mr Brian Kingham||£2,500.00|
|Mr James Tyler||£2,500.00|
The Labour Party in Amber Valley is mainly funded by trade union donations although there are some notable individuals contributing. Their total of £28,018 since March 2002 breaks down as follows:
|Derbyshire County Labour Group||£2,300.00|
|Judy Mallaber MP||£3,958.00|
For the Mid Derbyshire constituency that includes Belper the web site lists 3 donations to the Conservative Party – all in 2015. These were £2,000 from the United and Cecil Club and £5,000 each from Robert Kirkland and Martin Du Sautoy. The Labour Party received £2,000 from Rushcliffe Care Group.
There are no donations in excess of £500 recorded for the Liberal Democrats, UKIP or the Green Party.
For more information on donations and party spending visit the Electoral Commission here.
By David George
Article amended 25/04/2016