by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2011
Sir Christopher Kelly’s report for Parliament’s Committee on Standards in Public Life was published yesterday, Political Party Finance – Ending the big donor culture: you can read it and the evidence considered by the inquiry here.
Here are the main proposals:
Here’s how the BBC estimates the current Westminster parties would benefit from this proposal based on the 2015 general election:
HOW PARTIES WOULD BENEFIT
Lib Dems: £20.5m
Sinn Fein: £515,826
Plaid Cymru: £496,182
This was Nick Clegg’s initial reaction to the Kelly Report:
“The government believes that the case cannot be made for greater state funding of political parties at a time when budgets are being squeezed and economic recovery remains the highest priority.”
And here’s what party president Tim Farron had to say:
“Money currently plays far too big a role in politics and the Liberal Democrats have long called for major reform in party funding. Any move to limit undue influence on the political process by private individuals, businesses and the Trade Unions can only be a good thing.
“There has been much talk of political reform over the years, but nothing has happened. Parties dependent on money from the unions and big business have always have worked to block reform, determined to protect the secrecy of their paymasters.
“The Kelly report goes a long way to open the murky world of party funding. While it is clear now is not the time for more public money to be spent on politicians, that shouldn’t stop us taking immediate action to reform political funding, hopefully by consensus.”
What do LibDemVoice readers think of the proposals…?