Today the quarterly donations for political parties in the UK was published.
Apart from the actual quantities (millions of pounds) there were a few noteworthy figures to highlight:
- The mystery of Ms Joan L B Edwards – Sitting in both second and third position (after UNITE) for biggest donations was a Ms Joan L B Edwards who donated £420,576 to the Conservatives and £99,423 – curious isn’t it? Our friends over at Lib Dem Voice helped unravel the mystery though – apparently Ms Edwards left £520,000 to “the government of the day” in her will. It was decided that because of the coalition this should be split between the two parties by number of MPs and cabinet members.
- UKIP and BNP are making a mint while the Greens are looking green – UKIP was donated a hefty £153,229, the BNP (considering that they have almost ceased to exist in any elected sense) picked up an impressive £97,879, while the Greens took home a measly £27,242. To put this into context, the Tiverton branch of UKIP received almost twice as much as the national Green Party.
- If things look bad for the Greens though…it’s worse the SNP – Once again the SNP have picked up little more than peanuts (£4,500). This, if not bad in itself, shows the nationalists to be in stark contrast to The Labour Party who, in Scotland alone, picked up £66,032. With an independence referendum coming…this sort of money disparity will surely have an effect.
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My thoughts on this are up on my blog Steve. http://www.petercranie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-bnp-are-unfortunately-back.html
I have a sneaking suspicion that people who may in previous years have donated to the SNP are choosing to direct their donations towards the Yes campaign this year…
Surely the government of the day is the State, and this cash should have been paid to the state, not the political parties who happen to be in the government