Westminster Conservatives have accepted nearly £80,000 in political donations in the three months from April-June 2014, according to information from the Electoral Commission, including a donation of £14,600 from the Offshore Group Newcastle Limited (OGN) which is owned by Russian oligarch Alexander Temerko. Mr Temerko, who paid £90,000 for a bust of Prime Minister David Cameron at the Tory party’s 2013 summer party, saw his wind farm firm receive £4.5 million out of the Department for Business’s regional growth fund at the end of 2012. As of July this year, Mr Temerko had personally donated £259,230 to the Conservative Party, while OGN had donated £185,325.
In comparison, Westminster North Labour Party received just £11,650 in political donations in the 6 months from January-June 2014, the largest of which was from Westminster’s Labour Group of Councillors who donated a total of £6,150, together with donations of £3,000 from Unison and £2,500 from the GMB.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“While Labour gets its money from hard-working local Labour Councillors and donations from individual trade union members, Westminster Conservatives rely on massive donations from the rich and powerful, some of whom appear to have no connection at all with Westminster. Clearly Westminster Conservatives are amassing a ‘war chest’ so that they can attempt to ‘buy’ the 2015 General Election locally”.
The list of donations received by Westminster Conservatives from April-June 2014 is as follows;
Cities of London & Westminster Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP, 40 Portland Place £1,900.00 26/06/2014
Cities of London & Westminster JCB Sales Ltd, Lakeside Works £3,900.00 30/04/2014
Cities of London & Westminster Mr Jeremy C Warner Allen £2,280.00 08/04/2014
Cities of London & Westminster Mr Patrick R Evershed £4,930.00 30/04/2014
Cities of London & Westminster Mr Philip K Gibbs £4,890.00 11/04/2014
Cities of London & Westminster Ms Annabel T Keswick £3,900.00 01/05/2014
Cities of London & Westminster Ms Clare E Hambro £1,900.00 03/06/2014
Cities of London & Westminster Ms Lubov Chernukhin £1,900.00 19/05/2014
Cities of London & Westminster Ms Sheena A Evershed £4,930.00 30/04/2014
Cities of London & Westminster Offshore Group Newcastle Limited, OGN House £14,600.00 30/06/2014
Westminster North Mr Alan Bekhor £5,000.00 15/04/2014
Westminster North Mr Hardy B McLain £2,500.00 07/06/2014
Westminster North Mr Lev V Mikheev £10,000.00 30/05/2014
Westminster North Mr Mark E Thompson £5,000.00 23/04/2014
Westminster North Mr Richard C Girling £10,000.00 07/06/2014
Westminster North Mr Simon Wolfson £2,000.00 02/04/2014