I went to David Cameron’s CCHQ press conference earlier today and took my 18 Doughty Street camcorder.  The above video clip is of the Tory leader’s remarks on political funding – in response to a question from The Guardian’s Will Woodward.  Mr Cameron appeared to indicate that he would be willing to play hardball with Labour on the donations cap – a cap he has suggested should be set at £50,000.  Labour want an exception for trade unions and the Tories are resisting that.  Mr Cameron must know that extra state funding of political parties is incredibly unpopular with grassroots Tories and most voters.  The Tories may not be able to afford ‘no deal on state funding’ but Labour’s financial plight is more serious.  The negotiations could get interesting…

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