Those Lib Dem donation figures in full (Q2, 2009)

by Stephen Tall on August 26, 2009

The Electoral Commission has published the latest donation and borrowing figures for the political parties today, and its website allow us to gain a picture of the Lib Dems’ fundraising efforts over the years. Below is the full breakdown of cash and non-cash donations received by quarter since 2005, and annually between 2001 and 2004.

Lots of familiar names on the 2009 Q1 list, with five/six-figure gifts coming from: Lord Alliance (£250k), Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (£205k), Anthony Wilkinson (£105k), C& C Business Solutions (£50k), George Lyon (£15.5k), Christopher Nicholson (£15k), and Andrew Haisley (£10k). Incidentally, as I understand it, Lord Alliance’s gift is the conversion of a loan to a donation, which represents a big boost to the party’s balance sheet – which is no bad thing, given the party’s deficit in 2008.

The most generous Parliamentarians I spot-checked were: Chris Davies, Elspeth Attwooll (£8,000 each) and Alan Reid (£6,208), with Vince Cable and Fiona Hall also contributing £5,000 each. A special shout-out to St Austell & Newquay parliamentary candidate Stephen Gilbert, who donated £5,007.

Since 2004 – and most notably in 2005, with that Michael Brown donation – the party’s annual donations have never dipped below £2m. The trend is certain to continue again in 2009, with some £1.9m received, not far off double the equivalent figure for 2008 (£1.15m).

Here are the full figures:

2009, Q2 = 1,065,278
2009, Q1 = £823,751
2009 (to date) = £1,889,209

2008, Q1 = £462,340
2008, Q2 = £691,572
2008, Q3 = £594,477
2008, Q4 = £935,856
2008 = £2,684,245

2007, Q1 = £694,835
2007, Q2 = £748,143
2007, Q3 = £731,464
2007, Q4 = £954,349
2007 = £3,128,791

2006, Q1 = £256,604
2006, Q2 = £264,092
2006, Q3 = £626,667
2006, Q4 = £1,706,500
2006 = £2,853,863

2005, Q1 = £3,723,671
2005, Q2 = £798,881
2005, Q3 = £214,622
2005, Q4 = £366,323
2005 = £5,103,497

2004 = £2,529,377

2003 = £1,444,682

2002 = £682,216

2001 = £1,140,265

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I just love how the Jury Team borrowed almost £200 000 this year – didn’t they spend it well!

by Paul Harding on August 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm. Reply #

Conservatives recorded over six-million pounds for the quarter in donations. Labour chalked up over four million.
Lib Dems extended credit facilities to £509,000.

Labour “established a new connected transaction of £600,000.” What’s that gobbyledegook about, then?

The BNP failed to send in their quarterly donation return, on top of failing to submit their annual accounts.

Mention is made of over 300 parties in the UK. Really? ….. are there that many political parties? Amazing, eh?

by Philip Young on August 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm. Reply #

It is rarely mentioned that these figures cover only large and public donations. Lots of money is given to local parties which doesn’t appear in these or any other figures.

by Mouse on August 27, 2009 at 11:06 am. Reply #

Mouse: but all such contributions are recorded and submitted in each local parties accounts which go to the Electoral Commission annually.

by Martin Land on August 31, 2009 at 8:40 pm. Reply #

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