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Annotated No2AV donor list
2011-04-12Posted by on
So the No to AV campaign did after all publish a list of donors. I must say I was surprised that they did so. I was expecting that they’d want to conceal who has been funding them, because the list was always likely to consist of “the usual suspects” – the “the great and the good”, the peerage and landed gentry, the millionaires, the billionaires and the assorted City types who traditionally bankroll right-wing causes. And with few exceptions, this has proved to be the case – note a very strong overlap with this list of Conservative party donors.
Below for your amusement is the No campaign’s top donors list, annotated with such publically available information as I was able to quickly collect on the forty one individuals and organizations who made donations of £10,000 and above.
Peter Cruddas £400,000
Founder of CMC Markets, said to be the richest man in the City. Donated around £200,000 to the Conservative party in 2009. His wife Fiona is also a dedicated Conservative fundraiser.
Jonathan Wood £100,000
Jonathan Wood is a British hedge fund manager and regular donor to the UK Conservative Party. He is the founder of the hedge fund SRM Global. He donated £500,000 to the Conservative Party in 2010.
Michael Davis £100,000
Can’t positively identify this donor. There’s a Michael Davis who is Director of Strategy and Performance at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Chair of Governors at Leicester College and Chairman of Lastolite. There’s a Canadian Michael Davis, CEO of the Responsive Marketing Group (RMG), a telemarketing corporation that raises money for many of Canada’s biggest charities. And of course there’s Conservative MP a leadership challenger David Michael Davis.
Lord (John) Sainsbury £100,000
Sits in the House of Lords as a member of the Conservative Party.
Michael Farmer £100,000
Hedge fund founder who donated £325,000 to the Conservatives between January and March 2010, and £262,800 between April and June last year.
John Caudwell £75,000
An English businessman who has made most of his money in the mobile phone business (Phones4U). In 2005, the Sunday Times estimated Caudwell’s wealth at £1,280 million I can’t find any traces of political donations.
Lord (Philip) Harris £75,000
Conservative member of the House of Lords and businessman. Carpetright.
Lord (Graham) Kirkham £75,000
Executive Chairman of DFS Furniture Company Ltd, Kirkham is a strong political and financial supporter of the Conservative Party, and is one of South Yorkshire’s richest men, with a personal fortune estimated at £315m.
FIL Investment Management Ltd £50,000
Fidelity – city brokerage company.
Mark Samworth £50,000
Director, Samworth Brothers, Food company. Slogan “People, Quality and Profit”
James Lyle £50,000
Financier, Hedge Fund manager. Has donated upwards of £500,000 to Conservatives.
Sir Donald Gosling £50,000
Co-founder of National Car Parks. On ST Rich List, worth ~£400M. Conservative donor.
John Spurling £50,000
Pet insurance magnate PetPartners. Donated to Iain Duncan Smith’s leadership campaign, and to Michael Ancram MP.
The Funding Corporation Limited £50,000
A company that “specialises in finding appropriate funding solutions to businesses and individuals.” “The Funding Corporation doesn’t operate under the same constraints as conventional funding organisations.” Appears to be indirectly owned/directed by the evangelical Christian millionaire Bob Edmiston. Some question mark over the ethical standards of the Funding Corporation?
IPGL Limited £50,000
A private holding company which invests in world class financial services businesses. Chief Executive Michael Spencer was until recently treasurer and member of the board of the Conservative Party.
Edwin Healey £50,000
Eddie Healey and his brother Malcolm built up the Hygena kitchen empire and in 2008 were listed as having a joint fortune of £1.9Bn. Eddie was the force behind Sheffield Meadowhall development. In 1995, Eddie Healey’s property group Stadium City was one of the leading donors to the Conservative party.
David Mayhew £30,000
Christopher Rokos £30,000
“One of the Conservatives’ city backers, Christopher Rokos, a millionaire fund manager, gave [The Conservatives] £100,850…”
Lord (Stanley) Fink £28,000
Hedge fund manager, co-treasurer of Conservative party.
Andrew Sells £25,000
Chairman, The Garden Centre Group (Wyevale). Co-treasurer of No2AV. Known Tory donor.
Lord (Charles G) Leach £25,000
Conservative life peer. Rodney, not Charles (there is no Lord Charles Leach).
Lord (Simon) Wolfson £25,000
Conservative Life Peer. Chief Executive, Next Retail.
Killik & Co LLP £25,000
Asset Management company. / Chief Executive Paul Killik, Matthew Orr.
JC Bamford Excavators Ltd £25,000
Longstanding track record of donations to Conservative party.
Company director Mark Bamford is a member of the board of The Conservative Party Foundation, established to support the Conservative Party financially in the long-term.
JCB tycoon Sir Anthony Bamford is a staunch Tory supporter. Prime minister David Cameron recommended Bamford for a peerage in 2010. This, however, was turned down by the House of Lords authorities due to concerns regarding Bamford’s taxes. He is one of the biggest donors to the Conservative Party.
Ivor Braka £25,000
Art dealer. Oundle School & Pembroke College Oxford. Owns Gunton Hall in Norfolk. In Q42009, Braka donated £100,000 to Conservatives.
Lord (David) Wolfson £25,000
Conservative Life Peer. Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet and Chief of Staff of the Political Office, 10 Downing Street, between 1979 and 1985.
Jeremy Hosking £25,000
British businessman, co-founder and investment portfolio manager for private investment fund Marathon. Has 25% share holding in Crystal Palace F.C.. Hosking was ranked number 333 on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2009, with a value of £170M In December 2009, Hosking donated £30,000 for funding research support, to Conservative MP David Davis. In Q42009, Hosking donated £125,000 to Conservatives.
John Nash £25,000
Chairman of Care UK, one of UK’s largest private health companies. Wife Caroline is a regular Tory donor, who together with her husband, has given a further £107,000 since 2006.
Arbuthnot Banking Group plc £20,000
Chairman & Chief Executive Henry Angest has funnelled almost £7m to the Tories in loans and donations over the past nine years.
Nicholas Jenkins £20,000
Can’t postively identify. Possibly Nick Jenkins, ex-commodities trader and millionaire founder of Moonpig.com “I had the privilege of a good education and success seemed like a very reasonable aspiration” No record of Conservative donation though.
Hugh Sloane £15,000
Number 291 in The Sunday Times rich list 2009. One of the founders of hedge fund Sloane Robinson. Sloane’s compensation level exceeds even the reported £50 Million “bonus” paid to a Goldman Sachs director and the huge compensation package of Roger Jenkins, leader of Barclays Capital. Sloane Robinson has a Cayman Islands base. Sloane donated >£100,000 to Conservatives in 2008
David Ord £10,000
Managing Director of the Bristol Port Company and was the Non-Executive Chairman of MITIE Group plc from 2003-2008. He has been the Conservative Party‘s S.W. Regional Treasurer since 1999. He joined the Conservative Foundation‘s Board in February 2011. “Another party donor is David Ord, the managing director of the Bristol Port Company, Britain’s largest privately owned ports company, and a director of Open Europe, the euro-sceptic think-tank”
Andrew Brannon £10,000
Possibly refers to the Chairman, Mortlake & Barnes Conservative Party. Has donated on at least 2 occasions to Alan Duncan MP.
William Cook Holdings Ltd £10,000
Chairman Andrew Cook runs three steel plants in the Sheffield area and has donated almost £750,000 to the Tories. Mr Cook’s support for the Tories has included flying Mr Cameron around Britain on 27 separate private plane journeys at a cost of £54,000.
Peter Hargreaves £10,000
Founder and Chief Executive of broker and investment adviser Hargreaves Lansdown, Mr Hargreaves was ranked No 111 in The Sunday Times Rich List, with a personal fortune put at £570 million. Supporter of Thatcher, critical of Cameron and Con-Dem coalition.
Rhoderick Swire £10,000
Director of investment trust Pantheon International Participations PLC. Has donated to Conservative MP Philip Dunne
Charles Caminada £10,000
“Charlie” Caminada is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Ludorum Plc, which aims to exploit technological means of managing IP rights. Has previously donated to Andrew Mitchell MP (Conservative, Sutton Coldfield).
Naguib Kheraj £10,000
Former chief executive of JP Morgan Cazenove and one-time global head of investment banking at Barclays Capital. Briefly in Jan/Feb 2011, Chief Executive of Lazard International, he now intends to concentrate on philanthropic activities. Known Conservative party donor.
GMB Union £10,000
Probably not a Conservative party donor.
Richard Hoare £10,000
deputy-Chairman of the private bank C Hoare & Co. Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire. Gave £55,000 to Conservatives in 3Q2010 His family donated Stourhead to the National Trust.
Robin Fleming £10,000
Has donated to David Cameron, Conservative leader. The Fleming banking family cashed in a fortune of £1.7bn when they sold out to Chase Manhattan in 2000.