Those Lib Dem donation figures in full (Q4, 2009)

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2010

The Electoral Commission has published the latest donation and borrowing figures for the political parties this week, 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.

Five/six-figure gifts coming from the following: Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (£222.5k), Christopher Nicholson (£52.2k), Michael Brehme (£50k), Charles Brand (£25k), Brian Roper (£20k), Neil Sherlock (£20k), Susan Kramer (£15k), Richard Duncalf (£11.7k), Christopher Butler (£10.7k), Giles Wilkes (£10.25k), Richard Brindle (£10k), Stephen Dawson (£10k).

25 Parliamentarians contributed this quarter – those who gave £1k+ I spot-checked were: Christopher Davies MEP (£2k), Vincent Cable MP (£2.8k), John Barrett (£1.8k), Nick Harvey (£3.2k), Lynne Featherstone (£1.2k), Lord Goodhart (£1.2k), Martin Horwood (£1.2k), John Leech (£1.2k), William Rennie (£2.4k), Adrian Sanders (£1.2k), Sir Robert Smith (£1.2k), Paul Holmes (£1.16k), Phil Willis (£1.45k), Daniel Alexander (£1.2k), Annette Brooke (£1.2k), Alan Reid MP (£1.05k), Ross Finnie (£1.3k), Tavish Scott (£1.04k), Michael Rumbles (£1.02k), Mick Bates (£1.66k), Peter Black (£1.66k), Eleanor Burnham (£1.66k), Michael German (£1.66k), Jenny Randerson (£1.66k), Kirsty Rees (£1.66k).

Since 2004 – and most notably in 2005, with that Michael Brown donation – the party’s annual donations have never dipped below £2m. The trend continued again in 2009, with some £3.67m received – that’s over 50% more than was raised in 2008. Indeed, 2009’s fourth quarter donations topped £1m for the first time since 2006. Impressive stuff, at least comparatively speaking.

Let’s see if some of the party’s celebrity backers (Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter et al) will help make 2010’s first quarter even more impressive. After all, the party needs money like never before right now. And of course all of us have the opportunity to make a difference by backing Lib Dem Voice’s election appeal in support of five candidates in some of the toughest general election battles. If you haven’t made a donation yet, please make today the day you do :)

I said compararatively speaking … in 2009, the Tories received approaching £27m in donations, and the Labour party over £15m. Think about those figures for a moment. The Tories raised almost ten times as much as the Lib Dems, Labour more than four times as much. And this year is no one-off: the same thing happens each and every year to varying degrees.

And yet, despite this massive disparity, the Lib Dems regularly poll more than one-fifth of votes in national elections. It is, actually and genuinely, a pretty remarkable achievement. So why not make a donation today – yes, it’s that link again! – and help close the gap?

Here are the full Lib Dem donation figures, 2001-09:

2009, Q1 = £790,075
2009, Q2 = £1,088,083
2009, Q3 = £747,658
2009, Q4 = £1,045,817
2009 = £3,671,633

2008, Q1 = £385,931
2008, Q2 = £635,435
2008, Q3 = £519,823
2008, Q4 = £875,611
2008 = £2,416,800

2007, Q1 = £607,457
2007, Q2 = £631,451
2007, Q3 = £731,364
2007, Q4 = £853,387
2007 = £2,823,659

2006, Q1 = £219,915
2006, Q2 = £233,669
2006, Q3 = £571,715
2006, Q4 = £1,643,859
2006 = £2,669,158

2005, Q1 = £3,709,897
2005, Q2 = £713,656
2005, Q3 = £174,751
2005, Q4 = £317,188
2005 = £4,915,492

2004 = £2,374,319

2003 = £1,223,135

2002 = £618,783

2001 = £1,052,010