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The Electoral Commission has today published the records of donations to political parties for the third quarter of this year.

Donations to the Conservative Party between July and September totalled £4,060,633, including £54,000 from Stuart Wheeler (pictured) – his largest single donation to the party since February 2006. A more detailed list of significant donations to Tory coffers is below.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party raked in £7,569,090 – although £2.25million of that came from loans (from Lord Sainsbury and Sir Gulam Noon) being translated into gifts.

The vast proportion of the Labour donations come from the unions, but the list also included gifts from several well known names including JK Rowling (£1million), Nancy Dell’Olio (£15,000), Alastair Campbell (£12,500), Tony Blair (£7,500), Sir Alex Ferguson (£7,500), Geoffrey Robinson (£7,934.40), David Blunkett (£5,000 to the Scottish Labour Party),

The Lib Dems received £599,177, including £10,495 each from Sir Elton John and David Furnish.

During the same period, the Greens and UKIP netted £188,000 and £33,663 respectively.

The largest donations to the Conservative Party came from:

Bearwood Corporate Services – £650,137 (in consultancy, focus groups, opinion research and  printing)
Michael Clare – £100,000
Kenneth Sisley – £100,000 (bequest)
Holly Bellingham – £96,000
Rainham Steel Co – £83,000
Bland Group Resources – £60,000
Lord Steinberg – £59,000
Fares I Fares – £58,000
Stuart Wheeler – £54,000
Michael Peagram – £50,000
Richard Harpin – £50,000
Hugh Sloane – £50,000
Kenneth Costa – £50,000
Simon Robertson – £50,000
Lisbet Rausing – £50,000
Thomas Harrison – £50,000
Christopher French – £50,000
Ryan Robson – £50,000
Paul Beecroft – £50,000
Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover – £50,000
George Magan – £50,000
Boston Consultancy Group – £50,000 (in technical support)
Drillgreat  – £50,000
Michael Farmer – £36,000
Leonard Nike – £32,500
Robert Edmiston – £30,000
Robin Odey – £30,000
Mahomed Galadari – £30,000
FIL Investment Management – £30,000
Abbey Business Centres – £27,000
John Singer – £26,100
James Thomas – £25,409
Emmanuel Davidson – £25,500
Aggregrate Industries UK – £25,500

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