Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Labour becoming more reliant on union funding

The latest quarter's funding of political parties has just been released:

• Conservatives continue to broaden the base of support. In the last calendar year (2009), the Conservative Party received a total of 1,037 individual cash and in-kind donations. This is an increase of 40 per cent on the 742 cash and in-kind donations received in the previous calendar year (2008).

• Conservatives have five times more individual support than Labour this year. The Conservative Party received over five times as many individual cash and in-kind donations as the Labour Party in 2009 (199 for Labour, 1,037 for the Conservative Party).

• Labour Party still relies on a few big individual donors. In 2009, Labour received 199 cash and in-cash donations totalling £3,655,929.91 from individuals. Three quarters of this money came from just three donors – Nigel Doughty, Ronald Cohen and Lord Sainsbury. Between them, they donated a total of £2,810,201.

Labour’s Reliance on the Unions

• Labour more reliant on trade unions for funding in 2009 than in 2008. In 2008, trade unions provided 52.2 per cent of funding for the Labour Party. In 2009, this rose to 60.3 per cent – trade unions gave Labour £9,784,232.43 of the £16,220,694.64 it raised from other sources.

• A third of all donations come from the trade unions. The Labour Party raised £5.3 million in Q4 2009, of which £1.9 million came from trade unions.

• Union reliance up on the last quarter. In Q3 2009, the Labour Party received 87 cash and in-kind donations from the trade unions. In Q4, there were 138 cash and in-kind donations from trade unions, representing a quarterly increase of 59 per cent.

• Union behind planned BA strikes gave Labour millions. Unite, the trade union behind the BA strike action, gave the Labour Party £3,642,919.06 in 2009. This equates to 22.5 per cent of the funding the party received last year. This is up on 2008, when donations from Unite amounted to £3,958,915.79 – 22.0 per cent of the total funding they received (Electoral Commission).

• Labour received over £30,000 from unions in staff secondments in the last quarter. Unions seconded staff to Labour in the last quarter to the value of £30,680.42. This brings the total donated to Labour in staff secondments in 2009 to £138,042.86 – a huge increase on the £51,918.10 in staff secondments received by the party in 2008.

Total Support for Labour

• Since 2001, unions have donated over £86.5 million to the Labour Party. Since donations first had to be reported to the Electoral Commission in 2001, Labour have reported receiving donations totalling £86,503,718.41 from the unions. This equates to 60 per cent of all the donations that they received since recording began.

Responding to the latest figures released by the Electoral Commission on party donations, Conservative Party Chairman, Eric Pickles, said: “It’s frightening that day by day the unions’ stranglehold on the Labour party is tightening.

“As millions face air travel misery, we now discover that the union behind it is bankrolling the Labour Party, and its Political Director is back doing Gordon Brown's dirty work.

“This really is a Government that has lost its moral authority.”

Quite. But since we now know that they can and do unleash the forces of hell even upon their own, one can expect a hint of amorality.


Blogger Sinful Soul said...

Your Grace,

When the four horsemen are galloping across the fields,through our streets and shaking us from our beds at night, what will unions,political games and gold matter?.

24 February 2010 at 16:09  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Given union members are going to endure Labour legacy seems a bit of rubbing salt in to have to pay for any re election via subs .

If I were the unions I would keep the subs and give its members health care , this would both save wasting money on a corrupt government and help the NHS to get by until the economy comes right which looking at it may be some time .

24 February 2010 at 16:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

Millions of trades unionists detest their subscriptions going to the Labour Party. And why are their subscriptions being used to second staff to the Labour Party?

Not only that most unions support abortion as a woman's right - and rank and file union members have little say on that policy - as most shop stewards tend to represent the Socialist Workers Party strain of thought.

I am convinced that the majority of union members would welcome legislation to prohibit these activities.

24 February 2010 at 16:55  
Blogger ukipwebmaster said...

"Labour becoming more reliant on union funding?"

Cross out union and put in taxpayer.

24 February 2010 at 17:55  
Blogger grandad said...

Not to forget the charity-go-round which recycles taxpayers money into donations of cash and services for the labour party and individual M.P.s, as well as providing job's for the boys (and girls), not to mention supplying a steady stream of "experts" to appear on the b.b.c. to support and "suggest" government policy.

24 February 2010 at 19:10  
Blogger Species 8472 said...

The Tories are funded from off shore - which is stinking hypocrisy really.

24 February 2010 at 19:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Political parties and trade unions
are so yesterday. Times ripe for
something with vigour,with purpose,
with inspiration,something with
bugles and drums.

Fingers crossed

24 February 2010 at 19:48  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

❛[Lord] Ashcroft’s company, Bearwood Corporate Services, is at the centre of an Electoral Commission investigation into whether the millions of pounds given to the Tories was in breach of electoral law, following allegations that the company was not ‘carrying on business’ in Britain.❜—The Observer

24 February 2010 at 20:43  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Given Johnny Rottenborough's comment (I would have expected it earlier!) it is worth pointing out that it is for the Ashcroft, the Electoral Commission and - last but certainly not least - the Taxman to sort out any Ashcroft problems... but let's imagine Lord A has been naughty and all the money has to be withdrwan, that is still only 5% of what the Conservative Party have raised. Now look at Labour's funding: 60% from the unions squaring nicely with the money the Labour government has given the unions, so, as per the diagram, poor old taxpayer; and a further 30% (75% of the remaining 40%) from just 3 big-wigs (Doughty, Cohen and Dork Sainsbury). Not a healthy state of affairs. Doughty* is likely to jump ship if Labour don't win so the future isn't bright.

*judging by the amount of eco/green/wind companies Doughty Hanson equity represents I assume he gains a lot from being 'in' with whomever is in power.

24 February 2010 at 22:01  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

In the context of your post, Your Grace, I think it's significant that the Labour candidate for Cambridge, Saniel Zeichner, is a national political officer with the trade union Unite. It's probable that he won't win, as he himself has said - so I wonder what he's been promised?

24 February 2010 at 22:52  
Anonymous no nonny said...

"Labour candidate for Cambridge, Saniel Zeichner,"

... That made me laugh.
How to defeat yourself in Cambridge, in (?)5 difficult syllables!!!

24 February 2010 at 23:13  

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