Unexpectedly finding himself on the wrong side of a dividing line over party funding reform at PMQs, Cameron parroted his pre-prepared line about unions buying influence in the Labour Party. But here’s what multi-million donations to the Tories get you …
As Scrapbook reported at the time, the companies Cameron decided to mention in his keynote October 2011 party conference speech were instructive:
“The only British company to be namechecked in David Cameron’s conference speech hasdonated 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.”
Could this citation have something to do with the £4,043,1919 in donations and loans of helicopters and private jets, donated by a JCB subsidiary controlled by Anthony Bamford, who was refused a peerage after HMRC raised concerns about his tax affairs?
Bamford was personally nominated for that peerage by Cameron who also wined and dined the donor … not in his private flat but within Number 10 itself.