Tories raked in over £700k from private dinners


by Sunny Hundal    
5:37 pm - February 20th 2013

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David Cameron and senior cabinet ministers have raked in over £700k for Conservative party coffers by having private dinners with rich industrialists.

And that was just in the last three months of 2012. We are not allowed to know what was discussed at those dinners.

The Conservatives today published a list of ‘Major donors attending Leader’s Group Meals‘ on their website.

Cross-checking those names with figures published by the Electoral Commission today show that the Tory party was given a total of £713,786.09 from donors who attended those meals.

The 38 individuals attended the “Leader’s Group meals” between 1 October and 31 December 2012.

18 of the donors who attended these dinners donated £713,786.09, either in their own names or through their companies.

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And yet it is only the Labour party that is controlled by it’s donors according to tory scum.

NHS being privatised. So too state education. Free labour for pound land and other big corporates who don’t want to pay wages. Cuts in income tax for the very rich, and cuts in corporation tax for business. Proposals to strip away employees rights so they can be sacked. Increase in cost to stop former employees going to unfair dismissal courts. Total rejection of Levesson and giving the tory propaganda rags ( sorry our beloved free press) everything they want.

But of course this has absolutely nothing to do with who funds the tory party. No siree.

The lie dems must be so proud of their achievements.

Both the donors and the recipients should be charged under the Bribery Act 2010.

But it’s prefectly acceptable for the unions, who themselves get grants from the taxpayer, to funnel over 1.5m to the Labour party in the last quarter of last year.

I suppose the unions have absolutely no say in Labour policy, right?

At least the individuals donated their own money to the Tory party rather than someone elses like the unions do with their member’s fees. Can the unions guarantee that every member of a union is a Labour party supporter – nope. There might be an attempt at hypothecation but it’s only an attempt.

David Cameron and senior cabinet ministers have raked in over £700k for Conservative party coffers by having private dinners with rich industrialists.

You’ve got the causation the wrong way round haven’t you? They were invited to dinner because they are major donors, they’re not major donors because they were invited to dinner.

And having major donors to dinner is not, shall we say, exclusively a Tory Party thing.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17564779

Tory troll ” At least the individuals donated their own money to the Tory party”

How do you know it’s their money? I bet most of it belongs to their shareholders. Can you guarantee that all their shareholders are tory supporters?

And most of them make their money by a rigged market and banaa republic tax regime that is created by their puppet politicians.

Still, it’s always good to see the rich have more money than sense. Shows that taxes on the rich are not nearly high enough if they have so much to give away.

I suppose the unions have absolutely no say in Labour policy, right?

Since the Labour Party is no more pro-union than Amnesty International, I’d say no.

“Since the Labour Party is no more pro-union than Amnesty International, I’d say no.”
Evidence for those statements.
I would say all political parties are money grabbing bastards. It is just that, usually the Tories have more to grab from, mainly fuckin lawyers or stock brokers. Eh Tim
Also don’t you have the option , as a union member that your dues don’t go to a particular party.

The image accompanying this article before the jump, of Osborne and Cameron heartily guffawing it up on the front benches, in my mind is only missing Iain Duncan Smith sharing the delight.

This is how I imagine them every time I wake to find a new brown envelope on the doormat.
Every time I have to console a friend when their only means of survival is “sanctioned” or stopped.
Every time I read/hear of another death.

I can only imagine the glee on the ConDem front benches as thousands die, thereby cutting the benefit bill once more.

That photo just keeps giving! Worth a thousand words.


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