I've already blogged on the latest Conservative Party donations today, covering the final quarter of 2009.
Here are a few stark facts about the funding of the Labour Party:
- Labour became even more reliant on trade unions for its funding during
2009, taking £9,784,232.43 from them, equivalent to 60.3% (up from
52.2% in 2008)
- £3,642,919.06 of those donations during 2009 came from Unite, the union behind the planned BA strike – equal to 22.5% of the party's total funding last year
- That reliance on the unions became more stark in the final quarter of 2008: in the third quarter, unions gave 87 of the registered cash and in-kind donations, but this rose to 138 in the final quarter – an increase of 59%
- Labour received £30,680.42 from unions in staff secondments in the
last quarter odf 2009, taking the total for 2009 to £138,042.86 (up from £51,918.10 in staff secondments received by Labour in 2008)
- Three quarters of the £3,655,929.91 registered donations from individuals to Labour during 2009 came from just three people: Ronald Cohen, Nigel Doughty and Lord Sainsbury, donating £2,810,201 between them
- Since donations started being recorded by the Electoral Commission in 2001, unions have donated a total of £86,503,718.41 to Labour – equal to 60% of all the donations the party has received over that nine-year period.