Tories Bankrolled By 'Shady Money' Says Labour
Tuesday 26th August 2014
Labour has accused the Conservatives of bankrolling their election campaign with "shady money" from secretive clubs and societies.
Deputy Party Leader Harriet Harman told LBC that donations from unincorporated associations have reached more than £5.5million since 2010.
She said: "The point about these is that they are amorphous organisations which can get money and give it to the Conservative Party, but they don't have to say where the money has come from.
"They just say, 'I am the United And Cecil Club and we are giving this amount of money to, say Corby or Dewsbury."
The Conservative Party raked in £7.2million in donations in the second quarter of the year, almost double the Opposition's total, with £372,183 coming from unincorporated associations.
A Conservative Party spokesman said: "It seems Labour, a party funded by union barons who pick the candidates and the leader, are spending more time trying to invent nonsense about the Conservatives than research and develop policies for the next election.
"If they spent less time playing politics and more creating some economic policies for the future the public might not hold Mr Miliband in such poor esteem."