Those interested in the funding of political parties might want to take a look at Dispatches on Channel 4 tomorrow night.
Dispatches reporter Antony Barnett investigates the funding of the Tories under Cameron and examines how the party is using its newfound resources to ensure its leader becomes the next Prime Minister. Barnett examines how funds are being ploughed into marginal seats that hold the key to a Cameron victory and his investigation raises fresh questions about some of the party’s largest backers. Barnett also scrutinises David Cameron’s promises of “openness and transparency,” with the methods the Tory leader is using to attract donations.
This sort of “openess and transparency”…
Peter Facey, director of the pressure group Unlock Democracy, said the Leader’s Club system raised questions of “cash for access”. He said: “We have a situation where a man with a good chance of being the next prime minister is offering people a high level of access, including dinner in his own house, for £50,000. A couple of years into a Conservative government, when there is a big contract in the offing and one of these donors is in the running for it, people would be justified in asking whether their connections with the party would have an impact on the final decision. Tony Blair came up against this problem.”