Throughout the controversy over George Osborne’s “pasty tax”, huge donations were made to the Conservative Party by the owner of pasty firm Ginsters – sparking a row over whether the donation may have been in support of the tax on hot pasties (Ginsters are known for cold snacks) or to protect their emerging line of heated snacks.
Mark Samworth, who heads Samworth Brothers which owns the Ginsters brand, gave £100,000 to the Tories, between the announcement of the VAT change in the budget and the government’s volte face on Monday.
According to Electoral Commission registers, Samworth donated an eye-watering £90,000 to the central Party on 30 March – just over a week after the budget. He also made two donations of £5,000 each to local parties, including Rutland and Melton Conservative Association, covering the spiritual home of pork pies in Melton Mowbray.
Could this be an emerging “cash for pasties” scandal?