Lib Dem donations in 2014, 2nd Quarter: £1.23m raised (but that’s less than Ukip)

Today saw the publication by the Electoral Commission, the independent party funding watchdog, of the donations received by the UK’s political parties in the second quarter of 2014 (1 April to 30 June). Here are the figures:

lib dems donations - Q2 2014

And here’s how the BBC reported it:

UKIP have reported more in political donations than the Lib Dems in a quarter for the first time, according to the Electoral Commission. UKIP reported donations of £1.4m from April to June this year – £170,000 more than reported by the Lib Dems. … The Conservatives reported £7.2m of donations for the second quarter of the year, while Labour reported £3.8m. The period coincided with May’s European elections, in which UKIP got the biggest share of the UK vote, and the party led by Nigel Farage is now aiming to get its first MPs elected at next year’s general election. More than a million pounds declared by UKIP came from a single donor, the Yorkshire businessman Paul Sykes. The Lib Dems said it demonstrated that UKIP was a one-man party – “one man politically and one man financially”. The Lib Dems said their £1.2m in donations came from more individual donors than ever before.

While it’s not great to see Ukip best the party on donations received, it’s not all that surprising it should happen at the time of the European elections. It’s certainly encouraging to hear the Lib Dems report its donations “came from more individual donors than ever before” – as was clear from the latest set of accounts, the party is reliant on donations for much of its core activity.

* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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4 Comments

  • Richard Dean 13th Aug '14 - 9:47pm

    That’s about £2000 per constituency per quarter for the LibDems, and if this is average then it makes £40,000 per constituency over a 5-year parliament. I’d say it’s very respectable.

    How much does it cost to present a parliamentary candidate to the electorate in an effective way? How much is taken by Head Office, and are the services that are paid for in this way valuable for the local parliamentary candidate?

  • Jayne Mansfield 13th Aug '14 - 10:50pm

    According to a report in the Guardian , one million of the Ukip donations came from one donor.

  • Jayne Mansfield 14th Aug '14 - 8:37am

    Of the remaining sum, how much is donated to Ukip from donors whose businesses and therefore the jobs of their workers , rely on exports?

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