August 20th, 2012

Unions Donate £2 Million to Labour in 2012 Q2

Figures released today show that trade unions gave almost £2 million to the Labour Party in the second quarter of 2012 alone. Len McCluskey’s Unite was once again the biggest single donor to any party by some way, while overall unions donated some £1.8 million to Red Ed and co:

Overall party donations fell by almost £1 million between April and June. Participation by the people is plummeting while the unions’ bankrolling of Labour goes from strength to strength…



  1. 1
    Fucking says:




  2. 2
    jgm2 says:

    Bedwetters lobbying for more public money using public money shocker.


  3. 3
    Its worse than you think says:

    Did you include the contributions made by the rich bankers at the “Co-op”?


    • 4
      jgm2 says:

      And the massive overdraft at ‘friendly’ rates. Although the Co-Op is the bank of choice for bank*ru*pts so the Labour Party are certainly right at home there.


      • 13
        Deja Vu says:

        The trouble is, all these favours get paid back: the Co-op gets preferential treatment from Labour-run local authorities for its trading activities, particularly in parts of the country where its mysterious freemasonry of a ‘party within a party’ has got a foothold. (See Waltham Forest Council and other bastions of corruption)


        • 18
          jgm2 says:

          the Co-op gets preferential treatment from Labour-run local authorities

          Ahhhh. That does explain why Labour shitholes have so many Co-ops. Although it doesn’t quite explain why they have so many Morrisons and ASDAs and Farmfoods.


          • cumuluscognizance says:

            To be fair:

            In Lewisham our Co-Ops are run by very nice South-Asian folk. No masons here mate…! :)


      • 16
        A firm young spad says:

        How did you know?
        At least the Labour party use their own name on the cheque book


      • 55
        Anonymous says:

        Er, the Coop Bank didn’t have to be bailed out by the taxpayer.


  4. 5
    tabblenabble01 says:

    Stop press!…Labour party funded by unions!

    What ever happened to clause IV?


  5. 6
    those trade unions says:



  6. 7
    Lazarus says:

    The main union at our place (the TSSA) still refuse to highlight the opt-out option for political donations when recruiting staff here, and there is still no mention of it on the application forms either.

    Its been like this for years and it is surely a form of fraud.

    If they’d only make it compulsory for union members to have to opt in to political donation schemes instead, the unions wouldnt have anywhere near as much spare cash to bankroll Labour with.

    No idea why this isnt law already as its scandalous, really.


    • 11
      Deja Vu says:

      It was the law once. Back in 1909, a trade unionist called Walter Osborne took a case to the court of Appeal against such compulsory political levies. He won, but in 1913 the Liberals overturned the decision with legislation, but allowing an opt-out.


  7. 8
    Stephanie Flounders says:

    My contribution to the Labour party is worth more than any union. Millions of idiots watch my bias clap-trap every day of the week and suck it up!!


  8. 9
    If Gordon had taken part, he'd have won says:

    How could they have forgotten to invite Brown to participate?

    A teenager has smashed the world record — and probably his phone — in this year’s annual mobile-phone throwing contest in Finland.

    Eighteen-year-old Ere Karjalainen launched a phone the “amazing” distance of 101.46 metres (332 feet 10 inches).


  9. 10
    Jimmy says:

    Finally some good news on this site for a change.


    • 22
      jgm2 says:

      You have a very short memory. You’re forgetting Boris’ amazing victory. And George Galloway’s defeat of Labour. Plus of course the Maximum Imbecile being slung out of power.


  10. 12
    Harold Wilson says:

    Who wants beer and sandwiches?


  11. 17
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am investing in infrastructure in order that Evan Davies can get home to eat his chuckie egg on time


  12. 19
    Tony Blair's $35 million says:

    That’s peanuts!


  13. 20
    Beast says:

    What sort of Hunt gives £150,000 to The Green Party ?
    You could get two Range Rovers for that


  14. 24
    I don't need no doctor says:

    That’s an awful lot of union members funds that they have no say in where it goes. Now isn’t that just how the BBC is run, license fee payers money funds left wing bias.
    Dictators in action!


    • 29
      Just an idea says:

      Indeed, we need more political diversity in the Union market place.


      • 34
        will says:

        the BBC is funded by the public, it supports the guardian via job adverts and buying over 40,000 copies of the paper a day.

        The guardian and BBC support the labour party who fund unions who fund the labour party.

        ita all a fraud and hopefully the ordinary members of the public will eventually stop paying the telly tax or it will be frozen for eternity. Given the internet the TV will disappear as individuals watch via the internet, so no telly tax. remeber the old wireless tax.

        the unions are ever more out of touch with the ordinary members and are facing a continious fall in membership. If it was not for the public sector union members most would be bankrupt. When the pilgrims are finaly dealt with and the unions have to finally relying on paid pilgrims, thye will finally realise that they are financially insolvent.


        • 48
          Tom says:

          I rather enjoy the BBC.
          The constant moaning from the right is an cringe inducing.
          Fox & Sky cover the right, the Beeb a centrist left. Everyone’s covered.
          As for the Unions supporting the left, what is the story in that?
          For more of the same I understand a chap fell in the sea yesterday and got wet.


          • JH says:

            No one is forced to fund Sky.

            Sky does not send me threatening letters demanding I fund their ludicrous ‘talent’ salaries and the latest multi-culti-propaganda dressed as ‘drama’, under threat of random house visits by heavies followed by prison.

            Let the BBC go to a subscription model, then we’ll really see how much people love ‘Aunty’ fucking Beeb.

            Just like they love buying the Guardian as much as they do the Sun. Not.


          • Anonymous says:

            Quite so. Only these weird right wingers think the Beeb is a left wing conspiracy.


  15. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Which is worse, being funded by the body that represents thousands of hard working people, or by a handful of financiers?
    Why you lot would trust those people who ruined the economy is beyond hilarious.


    • 35
      will says:

      the problem is that many union members do not realise that they are funding the labour party.

      If you really believe in democracy why not get unions to poll all members on funding political parties and fund all the main parties according to the share of the vote not just one party !!

      go on try it its called democracy !!


      • 37
        Anonymous says:

        Clearly false.
        All members are given an opt out option so that they’re payment is not spent on political campaigning.
        Right wingers demand an opt out for workers in things like the working time directive and sunday trading laws. Why is it not equally fair on workers here?


        • 38
          Ex-Tory says:

          Companies were made to change their marketing data box to opt-in, instead of opt out, so should Unions. Most members don’t bother to read the small print. The Govt should do it now and watch the Unions squeal as their funds plummet.


          • Anonymous says:

            No they’re not. The legislation dictates assumed compliance with the legislation unless the employess specifically opts-out. Of which all employees are forced to agree to opt-out if they actually want the job.
            Is there anyone on this blog who knows anything?


    • 46
      Gordon Brown says:

      The financiers simply played by the rules. The problem was that I had removed all the rules, to keep the bubble going.


      • 49
        Gideon Wallpaper (2006) says:

        I want the FSA to be the model of a modern financial regulator – a beacon for the rest of the world. But many of the regulations that affect the City, such as the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, originate with the European Commission.

        I fear that much of this regulation has been burdensome, complex and makes cross-border market penetration more difficult. This is exactly the wrong direction in which Europe should be heading and it threatens the global competitiveness of the City of London.

        Major companies can pack up and move anywhere in the world if faced with damaging regulations. We have already seen it happen in the United States, with the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations that were hastily introduced after the Enron scandal and which have led to international companies delisting and moving elsewhere.

        London has benefited enormously from America’s short-sightedness and it would be foolish of us to make the same mistake.


  16. 39
    Ex-Tory says:

    Only one party funded by the people: UKIP. No communist Union funds or corrupt donations for favours from property developers, etc.


  17. 40
    ShowBizforuglypeople says:

    NuLabour funded by unions, Tories funded by the city and bankers*

    btw Guido that includes people who own banks, I remember you saying that the Tories largest donor of the last few years wasn’t a banker despite him owning a bank……

    CCHQ Lickspittle that you are


    • 53
      Anonymous says:

      Over 50% of Tory funding comes from the City, much of it from fat cat hedge fund types. I’m sure they never ask for anything unless their name is Beecroft.


  18. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Hedge funds, bankers etc gave a similar amount to the Tories. You back the horse who backs you. Simple as


    • 51
      Evil Tory says:

      Maybe we should make taxpayers fund a – *chortle* – ‘Hedge fund modernisation fund’ – *snigger* – which we can then just recycle back to the Tories?

      Use taxpayers money to fund efforts to extort even more out of them! Genius! I can’t believe Labour didn’t think of this first…


  19. 45
    keredybretsa says:

    Yes, yes you scratch my back and I’ll scratch mine!


  20. 52
    Anonymous says:

    And a lot of fat cat City types give vast sums to the Tories. Wonder what they want (or are getting)…


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