Posts Tagged “party funding”

Labour and Tory MPs have a new twist on an old game. Block democratic reform. Then criticise lack of democratic reform

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2013

Labour and Tory MPs have a new favourite hobby. It’s one they’ve been practising for decades, but they’ve really refined their art in the last three years. Basically it works like this… A political scandal happens. Abuse of expenses by MPs or cash-for-questions/honours/favours, that sort of thing. Everyone demands reform. This must never happen again, […]

We should drop the ban on political advertising on TV

by Stephen Tall on April 24, 2013

This week saw the failure of the attempt by Animal Defenders International to overturn the the UK’s ban political advertising on radio and television. The Guardian reports: By a narrow majority decision, judges at the European court of human rights in Strasbourg have ruled that preventing the broadcast of a commercial – showing a girl […]

BBC: ‘Political parties’ donations fall by almost £1m’

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2012

Here’s the BBC News report: Donations to political parties fell by almost £1m during the second quarter of this year, official figures show. The Electoral Commission said £7,873,478 in funding had been reported – down £992,312 on the first three months of the year. The Conservatives received £3,785,579, Labour £2,964,471 and the Liberal Democrats £717,797. […]

Nick Clegg should say no to any link between state funding and boundary changes

by Stephen Tall on August 13, 2012

It’s August, so I’m not going to take too seriously kite-flying suggestions by Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph that Nick Clegg might consider rescinding his threat that the Lib Dems will vote against boundary changes (following the Tories’ decision to break the Coalition Agreement over Lords reform) in return for a deal on party funding […]

Lib Dem donation figures in full (Quarter 1, 2012)

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2012

The Electoral Commission has recently published the latest donation and borrowing figures for the political parties, showing that the Lib Dems raised £606,724 between January and March this year. (At the foot of this post is the full breakdown of donations (excluding public funds) received by quarter since 2005, and annually between 2001 and 2004. […]

Miliband moves on party funding: offers £5k cap including union donations (but what about members’ opt-in?)

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

Three weeks after the latest funding furore to hit politics — when Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas touted influence on government policy for £250k a pop — Ed Miliband has seized the initiative, proposing to limit all donations from individuals, organisations and unions to a maximum of £5,000. Here’s the BBC report: Labour leader Ed Miliband […]

Another big money political scandal: can Lib Dems force Tories & Labour to take it seriously this time?

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2012

Let’s remember the words of David Cameron two years ago: … there is another big issue that we can no longer ignore. It is the next big scandal waiting to happen. It’s an issue that crosses party lines and has tainted our politics for too long, an issue that exposes the far-too-cosy relationship between politics, […]

Clegg resurrects party funding talks, appoints Laws as Lib Dem negotiator

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2012

Earlier this week The Guardian reported that Nick Clegg ‘is to revive all-party talks on party funding admitting that extra state funding is off the table, but insisting a wider deal is still possible’: Clegg as deputy prime minister is responsible for constitutional affairs, and was not taking the initiative as Lib Dem leader. The […]

Clegg and Farron on party funding: yes to action now, no to more taxpayer contributions

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: A cap of £10,000-a-year on donations from any individual or organisation — including trade […]

Would the Tories kick Lord Belize Ashcroft out of the Upper Chamber?

by Stephen Tall on February 10, 2009

Over at the Mirror’s Kevin Maguire & Friends blog, Jason Beattie asks if the Tories are on the point of reversing their U-turn, and supporting a Lib Dem motion obliging anyone who sits in the House of Lords to be (…)

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