UPDATE: It gets better! JCB donated £5,000 to David Cameron’s own local party last year.
UPDATE II: Donations in kind made by JCB include private jet flights for Tory front benchers.
The only British company to be namechecked in David Cameron’s conference speech has donated more than £4 million pounds to the Conservative Party in the last ten years, figures reveal. After citing a string of American firms based in the UK and alluding to manufacturing sectors, the only UK company to be mentioned by name was heavy vehicle manufacturer JCB.
Call us sceptics, but we wondered whether the following might be related:
The Staffordshire based firm, which is led by staunch Conservative supporter Sir Anthony Bamford (pictured below with David Cameron and George Osborne), even donated £50,000 to the party when it was laying off hundreds of workers in 2009.
As we will reveal this week, David Cameron is not the only Tory with a questionable relationship with Sir Anthony and JCB.