August 13th, 2013

Q2 Party Funding Figures – Everything You Need To Know

The party funding figures are out for Quarter 2 of the year. The Tories are out front with £4,116,006 while Labour’s £3,136,447 is almost entirely from the unions. The LibDems have struggled to even raise a million with £801,448, while UKIP’s £160,289 was double what they raised in Q1.

The biggest donors were:

Unite the Union £772,195 to Labour
Ms Joan L B Edwards £420,576 to Tories
Ms Joan L B Edwards £99,423 to LibDems
GMB £485,830 to Labour
UNISON £458,080 to Labour
Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers £411,147 to Labour
Mr Michael S Farmer £280,770 to Tories
Mr James R Lupton £263,600 To Tories
National Conservative Draws Society £165,000 to Tories
CWU £143,121 to Labour
Offshore Group Newcastle Limited £117,300 to Tories

Clearly whoever Joan L B Edwards is, she really really likes the coalition. Labour got another £2,241,419 in short money, yet despite this have gone cap in hand to the bank again:

Let’s hope the Co-op bank will be able to keep up their support. Labour still have more than £12 million in outstanding loans, while the Tories owe £2m. Ker-ching.

UPDATE: According to City AM Ms Joan Edwards left half a million “to whoever was the party in government of the day”. This was then divided down the MP/Ministerial split of the coalition.


  1. 1
    Brits says:

    UKIP on the rise – long may it continue.

  2. 2
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Does the Labour Party count as one of the Co-Op banks bad debts?

  3. 3
    Vote UKIP get Hard Labour says:

    Donate to UKIP help Hard Labour

  4. 4
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Labour – we live beyond our means in Opposition and beyond your means when we’re in office.

  5. 5
    Teds says:

  6. 6
    An eConomist says:

    If Labour cannot even manage their own accounts, how they frig do they claim to be able to manage the UK economy?

  7. 7
    The Labour Party, side of van advertising campaign says:

    Labour: Spending your money, so you don’t have to.

  8. 8
    Beggar them says:

    If the Tories get in in 2015 they should hold another election soon after and bankrupt the Liebour party.

  9. 9
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    We don’t count in the Labour Party; we just spend.

  10. 10
    Penfold says:

    Given the parlous state of the Co-Op Bank, the need for bond holders to take a haircut as part of the refinancing package, you would think that the Bank would be shrinking its asset base, not making further advances to an organisation that hasn’t made any in-roads into re-paying its existing debts.

  11. 11
    Ed Balls says:


  12. 12
    Co-Op says:

    From cheque book to grave.

  13. 13
    Hunk says:

    Is Ms Joan married? A coalition looks promising.

  14. 14
    In the running says:

  15. 15
    Len Mcdullard says:

    They are trying to protect their investment. Don’t forgot that as well as lending to Labour they have bought and paid for 39 other MPs directly. If any other bank, trade union or retail conglomerate did that we would rightly call them corrupt.

  16. 16
    Puppetry of the penis says:

    He’s the puppet of the unions. Can’t see the strings, though. Must be made of monomolecular fibre.

  17. 17
    Victor the Giraffe says:

    If he does the splits he’s done for

  18. 18
    Stephen Hawkin says:

    Looks fine to me.

  19. 19
    No such thing as society says:

    Why ant anyone trying to discover who Joan and why she’s willing to donate vast amounts to 2 radically different political views/parties..wonder if its because they’re in power..wonder what she wants for her money?

  20. 20
    Wassail says:

    Who said the beer in France is piss weak?

  21. 21
    Len McCluskey's Mastercard says:

    I can’t wait to be Prime Minister. Ker-ching!

  22. 22
    Labour's Legacy says:

    She’s dead

  23. 23
    Steve Miliband says:

    Mrs Edwards died leaving some dosh to whoever is in government

  24. 24
    Ctesibius says:

    From googling it appears she has passed away. Unlikely therefore to have made her donation in order to buy influence.

    Shame both things cannot be said of UNITE.

  25. 25

    Let us hope they give donator value!

  26. 26
    No such thing as society says:

    Maybe all they need is a rich individual who’s willing to part with £400,000 after all I bet its easier meeting the demands of an individual.

  27. 27
    A waiter says:

    The ritual picture of the party leader running like a ruptured duck — they all do it. Remember this?

  28. 28
    Vote Tory get heir to Blair says:

    Donate to UKIP and help the left wing Tory toffs take seats off Labour.

  29. 29
    V1le Labour trashed my Country says:

    A coalition could be lucrative. I’m feeling massively enriched and loving my super diverse multicultural UK shithouse where the top name for boys in London is Muhammed. God help this Country in 20 years time.

  30. 30
    No such thing as society says:

    Wonder if the stupid bitch actually meant to leave her cash to the state but didn’t realise the difference as her act makes no sense.

  31. 31
    Tachybaptus says:

    Suppose she thought the government would get most of it anyway, and wanted to cut out the middleman.

  32. 32
    Vote Tory get heir to Blair says:

    Maybe it was left to them in her will.

  33. 33
    Vote Tory get heir to Blair says:

    Lord Prescott was most useful when it came to seamen donors.

  34. 34
    REd's Labour is not a crEdit to the country. says:

    If Labour can’t deal with its own debts, how on earth will they manage the economy? Labour cannot be trusted with the economy ever again. We have suffered enough!

  35. 35
    Vote Tory Get Islam says:

    Alan, you at t’bar?

  36. 36
    Vote Tory get heir to Blair says:

    Prezza was very useful with regard to sea*men donors.

  37. 37
    Anyone but Labour says:

    Perhaps she thinks the coalition is a good thing

  38. 38
    Penfold says:

    Yep, 40% death duties, 40% Tory, 20% Lumpen-Proles. A £1m doesn’t go far these days.

  39. 39
    Penfold says:

    The famed money tree will sort everything out, so don’t worry, Ed’s just waiting for the latest flowering………

  40. 40
    First Steps says:

    Yes but. Shouldn’t Ed learn to walk first?

  41. 41
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    If I gave someone £772,195 or even £117,300 from money held offshore I would definitely want something back in return.

  42. 42
    Perry Mason says:

    How much Inheritance tax was paid on her estate then?

  43. 43
    End Vampire Feudalism says:

    Maybe she just wanted to make sure Prince Charles didn’t get hold of it

  44. 44
    One-term Dave says:

    I’ll get you into Number 10, old chap, don’t you worry!

  45. 45
    Vote Tory get heir to Blair says:

    Just supposing that at the next election the Tories got 15 more seats than Labour and the Lib Dems and UKIP both got 20 seats.

    I’d bet any money you like that Cameron would seek to get another coalition with the Lib Dems rather than with UKIP.

  46. 46
    Observer says:

    Is it not Short money, after Edward Short, rather than “short money”, as Guido renders it?

  47. 47
    Fishy says:

    Ken Clarke’s Press Adviser: Ken, I think it would be good if we could get a pic. of you jogging and release it through the press office

    Ken Clarke: Fuck off

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    So what point is it you are making Guido?
    Unions have provided most of the Labour parties money. What is so strange about that?
    Big business and rich folks have financed the Tory party. Nothing new in that.
    The debate is over how political parties should be funded. The tax payer should not be the one. Those who are members and/or supporters of any political party should fund that party It is as simple as that.
    Where the debate goes silly is when Cameron and co attack Labour for being funded by unions. And not having a go at the Tories who are funded by rich individuals often in strange, sometimes hidden ways. Overseas and tax avoiders unite.
    So the unions ask for influence of Labour. Ask for rights for workers. Well unions are there to represent their members and get just that; workers rights. They wont get them from the Tories, so no point the unions financing the Tories.
    But importantly, union donations come from ordinary workers paying their membership fee to the union. Ordinary working people putting money into the party that best should represent them.
    Whether they do or not is a different question. But at least with a Labour party supporting, hopefully, the wishes of working people, then it is only right that the unions support financially the party THEY started.
    Does this buy influence? It should. In the same way the bakers are buying influence in the Tory party. That is why to date there has been no real changes to how financial institutions operate. Tories will not bite the hand that feeds them.
    Until there is a cap on political spending – and there is no chance of either one being introduced or workable – the situation of shock over who finances who will bore the bum of us

  49. 49
    Cluck says:

    Headless Chicken springs to mind!

  50. 50
    stun says:

    Offshore Group Newcastle is a company which provides engineering, procurement, construction and installation services to the offshore oil & gas industry. More interestingly, it now also covers renewables. £117k no doubt well worth ‘investing’ as hugely expensive arrays of offshore windfarms are contemplated.

  51. 51
    Desperate Dan says:

    + squillions, but in 20 years time it will be allah help us.

  52. 52
    Nigel Farage doppelganger says:

    Vote UKIP the bar is open and i am thirsty

  53. 53
    The BBC - Rapid Rebuttal Dept says:

    We interrupt this blog to bring you important news that will follow on from the tremendous interviews that Chris Bryant gave all of our outlets yesterday.

    This lousy government is being forced to defend its policy on rail fares as the inflation rate means that they will go up by 4.1% in January. They may even go up by 9% as, they might have done (but didn’t)last year.

    Later this morning and for the rest of the day, we will be inviting Chris’s fabulously intelligent colleague and sparkling personality, Angela Eagle to come into our studios and lay into the Tory bastards.

    Please feel free now to get back to blog and your righty rubbish.

  54. 54
    Bill Quango MP says:

    A game of loons.
    series 1

    Lord Ned Stark (of ideas) has received news of plots to his realm as he fights the civil war of the Westminsteros kingdom.

    “I am Lord Ed ‘mili’ Stark. I fight for the desolate, frozen former industrial North land and the Wildings Scots beyond Hadrians Wall. I will triumph against the might of David Lannister’ gold.
    He may have coin…but I have my Loyal union banner men.

    Who is with me? Lord Len of House Unite? Lord Hayes of the house CWU. .. Lord Serwotka … Did you not swear an oath to protect your pension pot? Where are Lord And Lady Balls? Where are the Umanna’s flankers? Where is Lady Harriet’s army of flaming feminists?

    Who is with me?

  55. 55
    Paddypower says:

    A bit far-fetched thinking the Limpdems will get 20 seats.

  56. 56
    Ethelbert Edwards says:

    I’m Joan Edwards’ grandson and I’m MAD AS HELL!

  57. 57
  58. 58
    BBC Red Buttom says:

    Ohhhhh … News just in… Mo has run really fast..marvellous…. Now, back to trashing the coalition..they really are a bunch of shits aren’t they?

  59. 59
    Why are my turds blue? says:

    Maybe Muhammed is popular in the UK. But in the US a judge has banned a child from being called Messiah. Perhaps we are just more tolerant here; not necessarily a bad thing.

  60. 60
    Village Idiot says:

    ….OK, then,…what about Eric Pickles?????

  61. 61
    Eid Miliband says:

    It’s hard to run when you’re lurching in four directions at once.

  62. 62
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Interesting. But if as you say the bankers are financing Tories and buying Tory policy…why didn’t Gordon or Blair stop them? 13 years to chop off the hand the feeds the Tories, yet they actively encouraged the banks.

    Hole .. Argument.. Hmmm…?

  63. 63
    Why are my turds blue? says:

    Hello Ed. I can recommend a Ladybird book on counting.

  64. 64
    Bill Quango MP says:

    He already has a coalition with UKIP.
    Only he calls them The Conservative party

  65. 65
    Jimmy says:

    Guido believes all donations should come from hedge funds and oiks should keep their noses out.

  66. 66
    Dweeb says:

    Wonderful stuff from the Guardianistas today. Graun reports that Tories are catching up with Labour and well ahead on the economy. Lefties have decided that poll is rigged / poll is a hiccup / Guardian is misreporting because it wants coalition to win. Anything but admit Labour is struggling.

    Of course when it’s going their way, the polls are always accurate.

  67. 67
    Slight flaw in argument says:

    Is the Co-Op not a bank, and does it not fund the Labour Party?

  68. 68
    Divide and Rule says:

  69. 69
    little chef says:

    You are Ed Balls and I recession free burger.

  70. 70
    The Abbott of Glum says:

    Winterville almost be upon us,let us celebrate in a non celebratory manner.

  71. 71
    Watcher says:

    Dear me! What’s it like back there in the 1980s?

  72. 72
    John of Bercow says:

    The next MP to call me Tyrion will be suspended.

  73. 73
    Ghost of Christmas past says:

    Great…I’m listening to Rio wearing a Frankie says relax white t shirt and there are few Eastern Europeans or Iraqi asylum seekers from failed wars.

    And a 3 bed house in Hackney is only £135k

  74. 74
    Sir William Waid says:

    Just as well you get your rail fares paid for you, eh?

  75. 75
    A Black Cab says:

    Well, she’s not going anywhere by taxi

  76. 76
    Chuckone Onesmunny says:

    Just as well Labour re-nationalised the railways when they were last in government, eh Diane?

    Like the way they made the House of Lords democratic too.

  77. 77
    Fishy says:

    Which party actually introduced the inflation plus 1% rail fare escalator, Fatbott?


  78. 78
    The Critic says:

    Suggested Financial Plan for Labour:

    Zero hours contracts – fits well with the level of effort the Shadow Cabinet seem to put in.

    Performance related pay – Firing Squad for the Shadow Cabinet

    Pay Day Loans – a method they are well versed in; trouble is they see everyday as the end of the week and require a loan to tide them over.

    Tax Bankers’ Bonus payments – after all, it’s the source of funds they have suggested using to finance everything else.

    Build a new tourist attraction – Wonkworld -visit the gallery of predistribution…..on second thoughts, perhaps not.

    Eliminate boom and bust…….surely it has been done?

    British jobs for British workers (British = anyone who has spend 12 seconds in residence on these islands)

    Print money -sorry chaps, the government have a monopoly on that one. Old habits die hard though.

    Start a Glee Club – learn to chant Ashcorft/Coulson/ Thatcher in unison(and in Unison) 35 quid a lesson ( 12,000 lessons in all- the first 8,000 will be spent completing an Equality and Diversity impact assessment)

  79. 79
    Ed Miliband says:

    1) Most of the money political parties recieve comes from small individual donations and branches. The fact that the tory 100 club were one of the biggest donors shows a fraction of this

    2) The Liberals are the ones really suffering – no stable income, reliant on scams and tax avoidance (see PS revelations) and no short money now they’re in government

    3) Nearly all the top Tory donors were city scum – no mention from guido though

  80. 80
    No such thing as society says:

    Because tony and co got scared of the idea of being the labour and decided to wear thatchers clothes.

    On the bright side at least we can wear the dead bitches skin.

  81. 81
    Dude says:

    At least the other dude, David Blunkett, has a good excuse.

  82. 82
    Oops I said it again. says:

    According to the Bring Back Communism Socialist UK propaganda machine the biggest donor to the Coalition was a woman who gave the money to the government in place on her death.
    What a stupid woman to have this wealth obviously thrust upon her.

  83. 83
    Joe Public says:

    Interesting that none of the newspapers, neither right nor left, mention the name Mohammed. PC still reigns supreme in the UK.

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    And remember the promotion prospects for Board members are pretty good. Seats in the Lords? Step forward Lord Thomas of Macclesfield. Having worked for this shower in the past I am happily well out of that place. While I was there I heard tales that would have your hair on end and doubt that they would be believed (frankly I didn’t at the time but as the scales fell from my eyes…)

  85. 85
    10.4 highway patrol says:

    and the Jersey Widows and Orphans Hedge Fund Special Investment Vehicle ( T/A N. Fa -Rage Against HMRC ) donated £……. to …..

    ( please fill in the blanks as approperiate)

  86. 86
    10.4 highway patrol says:

    It’s the eyes isn’t it .
    A bit Jeff Bezos on an Amazon profit dip .

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