Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors?

Comparing the funding of the Tories by one rich man to Labour's contributions from the unions whose funding comes from the contributions its 2 million members.

The latest string of revelations from prominent Tories, Howard Flight and Lord “never had it so good” Young, only serve to highlight the differences between a party funded by the large donations of a few rich men and a party whose funding is made up of the contributions of thousands of ordinary working people, via the unions.

As Rob Carr points out in his blog, the disparity between four union’s (Unite, Unison, USDAW and CWU) donations to Labour – unions representing almost 2 million members in total – and one single donor, David Rowland, contributing a personal donation of more than £1 million to the Conservatives is stark.

By comparison, if you divide the £1.9m of union donations by the 1,998,000 members they represent, it works out at approximately 95p per person.

The fact that places like ConservativeHome can blithely peddle the argument that Ed Milliband is somehow less accountable because he is beholden to the unions, diverse organisations, accountable to the views of their hundreds of thousands of members, is perplexing to say the least.

Howard Flight’s comments are a case in point, his view seems to be that there is something objectionable to any policy which would encourage the poor to “breed” and prevent the somehow more worthy middle classes to add to their progeny.

Putting the distasteful use of the word “breeding” aside, these comments highlight a party committed to the world views of their rich members, rather than a variety of people unions represent. As has already been much discussed, Lord Young’s startling revelations similarly show the lack of understanding of how the majority of people in this country face life’s daily challenges people within the Tory party.

Tory party chair Baroness Warsi recently said “Ed Miliband needs to make clear who is running his party – him or the trade unions” – yet, in light of the latest donation figures, the real question must be who runs the Tory party: Mr Cameron or his cabal of rich (mainly male) donors?

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34 Responses to “Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors?”

  1. bill bold

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  2. Victoria Holloway

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  3. Ell Aitch

    Rich donors, NO DOUBT… RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  4. Pen

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  5. Peter Campbell

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fcZV7z

  6. No evidence

    LFF clearly never going to be the place to have a serious discussion of Labour – union links because “evil Tories” will just be screamed back

  7. Will Straw

    Who's pocket are you in? Labour gets £1 for every one of 2m union members; Tories get £1m from a single donor http://bit.ly/fSs2H2

  8. Jason Bowles

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  9. Wendy Maddox

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  10. Lynda

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  11. Anna

    I am assuming you didn’t get paid for writing this utter crap!

  12. Stuart

    Anna since you are clearly a Tory and moreover have no manners what are you doing reading Left Foot Forward?

  13. David Marsden

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  14. vi_sa

    What rubbish…is this what you are reduced to now?

    How much did J K Rowling pay Labour? What about Lord Paul? But you know the main issue – the Tories have millionaire donors, they might be millionaires themselves but Labour politicians BECOME millionaires out of politics – off the backs of these same union members. Classic champagne socialists!!

  15. william

    Before the 2010 election,the tories had c250,000 members paying £25 or more pa,now 170,000, and c.500,000’friends’ paying less than the £25 annual membership.

  16. ad

    ” a party whose funding is made up of the contributions of thousands of ordinary working people, via the unions.”

    So you will be happy to abolish the union link, and let those “thousands of ordinary working people” give their money to the party directly?

  17. Spir.Sotiropoulou

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fcZV7z

  18. Joel Heason

    RT @wdjstraw: Who's pocket are you in? Labour gets £1 for every one of 2m union members; Tories get £1m from one donor http://bit.ly/fSs2H2

  19. Kate Summerside

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fSs2H2 reports Rosanna Singler

  20. Erskine Howcroft

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fcZV7z

  21. Simon

    It’s about time Tim-Nice-But-Dim turned up. He’s my MP, you know. True blue, but doesn’t do much. Inherited a fortune, of course.

    Pip pip.

  22. Mr. Sensible

    Rosanna this is why the criticism of Labour’s so called ties to the unions is quite ridiculous.

  23. janie_s

    ‘Labour’s so called ties to the Unions’? they chose the new leader against the wishes of the party membership and party MPs. They OWN the Labour party, and its champagne swilling primrose hill marxist, mind of a child, body of a man leader Ed Mongoband.

  24. Jim Williams

    RT @leftfootfwd: Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? http://bit.ly/fcZV7z

  25. Henry

    Er, Vi_Sa, I don’t think Lord Paul or JK Rowling became millionnaires ‘out of politics’: one wote successful books & the other is a businessman. Please spare us this rubbish & the tired, boring jibe about ‘champagne socialists’. Yawn.

  26. janie_s

    Champagne socialist is a recognised term applied to those members of the upper middle class who feather their own nests at the expense of the poor whilst professing their care for the poor.

    Polly ‘Tuscan two homes’ Toynbee, Ed ‘Primrose Hill’ Miliband and his traitor property millionaire marxist father are a few examples. Mad Hattie Harperson is another but the less said about her the better.

  27. Mikey

    I saw the donations published this week, and checked the Electoral Commission website – is this article an traditional “attack is the best form of defence” to try and hide the fact that only 5 people gave donations to Labour HQ?

  28. Anon E Mouse

    Henry – What about ” Lord” Kinnock a multi millionaire from ripping off the UK taxpayer via the EU.

    Oh and his wife and daughter and son in law.

    I wish Labour would start caring about the poor instead of pandering to the rich. While their leader, Little Ed Miliband, (the property millionaire union stooge and darling of posh boy eco toffs like Joss Garman and his bunch of middle class wusses) is in charge I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised…

  29. Chris

    @mousey and sockpuppet

    Yawn, mouse you’ve slipped into self-parody and your sockpuppet, janie_s, isn’t fooling anybody.

    For somebody who professes to be working 25 hours a day for less than the NMW you spend a lot of time on the internet polluting the internet with drivel.

  30. Boffy

    Actually, I think from the evidence in this picture it could be Nora Batty.

    Last Of The Summer Whine

  31. Anon E Mouse

    Chris – The comment was in answer to Henry who couldn’t name someone who had made £millions from “socialist” politics. I just mentioned Neil Kinnock and his family.

    Not as bad I suppose as Little Ed Miliband, (the property millionaire union stooge and darling of posh boy eco toffs like Joss Garman and his bunch of middle class wusses) with his tax avoidance and rank hypocrisy.

    Not that anyone is taking him seriously any more than they are taking you seriously Chris, you New Labour lickspittle…

  32. Chris

    @mouse

    Your trolling is becoming ever more unimaginative, you don’t even bother with straw men any more just the same old lines repeated again and again. You never did past the Turing test very convincingly but your failing it badly now.

    And if your such a hard worker, why are you posting during the day? Get back to work you lazy bum.

  33. Anon E Mouse

    Chris – I’m impressed you know what a Turing test is – just shows your daddy’s efforts to get you educated paid off a bit at least.

    I’m repairing machines all this month and they give me a 13 minute test cycle so I have plenty of time to deal with a New Labour lickspittle like yourself.

    And it’s “you’re” not “your” btw.

    Now you get some work done yourself you middle class posh boy eco toff and fanboy of Joss Garman and Little Ed – the cheating Labour leader!

  34. Chris

    “I’m impressed you know what a Turing test is”

    LOL, you’re working 25 hours a day for the NMW – you must be a real genius.

    “I’m repairing machines all this month and they give me a 13 minute test cycle”

    You’re a computer repair man?

    “so I have plenty of time to deal with a New Labour lickspittle like yourself.”

    WTF?

    “Now you get some work done yourself you middle class posh boy eco toff and fanboy of Joss Garman and Little Ed – the cheating Labour leader!”

    Yawn, I don’t know why you bother. Either you’re paid troll or a very sad little man.

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