Conservative donor to stand against shadow minister

Stuart Wheeler, the man who gave the Conservative Party £5 million, is forming his own political party and standing for Parliament.  Prominent anti-EU campaigner Wheeler, who was expelled by the Tories last year after making a donation to UKIP, will announce tomorrow that he has set up the Trust Party and will fight Bexhill MP Greg Barker at the General Election.

The Trust Party is aiming to stand just three candidates, one each in England, Scotland and Wales. It will have a manifesto based on cleaning up the ‘corrupt’ expenses system and proposes a new Parliamentary court, with the power to jail politicians. Other ‘highlights’ of the party’s policies include: exposing experts who claim climate change is inevitable, taking back powers from the EU and promoting marriage.

Multi-millionaire Wheeler, who made a fortune from online gambling, has vowed that if elected, he will claim no expenses.

The Mail on Sunday has the full story.

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  • If I was Greg Barker I would not be quaking in my boots. British politics is littered with rich egomaniacs who think they are God’s gift to the electorate and have only to present their bonkers ideas in a glossy enough form to be swept into power. Fortunately the electors of this country normally just yawn – he will lose his deposit.

  • John Parker 28th Mar '10 - 1:55pm

    Just wonder what odds he’s giving on his getting returned or even saving his deposit.

  • Andrew Suffield 28th Mar '10 - 3:46pm

    I have to say that I’m curious how he plans to “expose experts”. Expose them as what, experts? And why exactly is this something that you have to get elected in order to do?

  • Peter Chegwyn 28th Mar '10 - 4:03pm

    Ummm. isn’t this the same Stuart Wheeler who just a month ago was giving £100,000 to UKIP’s Nigel Farage to try and unseat Speaker Bercow in Buckingham.

    Has he now ditched Farage and UKIP?

    I think we should be told!

  • Stephen Hardy 28th Mar '10 - 11:06pm

    Greg Barker has a lot to answer for to his electorate. Daily Mail, not our best friend do not like him and have repeated stories about his serial flipping of houses, and the fact that he is gay – well now, although at the last election he was happily married with wife and three children. The DM will love Mr Wheeler’s candidacy

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