Eight political parties registered in Great Britain reported accepting a total of £20,326,862 in donations between 1 October and 31 December 2014, according to new figures published by the Electoral Commission, the independent party funding watchdog.
This quarter saw political parties accept over £5 million more than in the previous quarter of 2014 and £10 million more than the same quarter in 2013.
Overall, in 2014 the total amount in donations and loans accepted by political parties was £65.7 million. In comparison, in 2013, the total amount accepted by political parties was £35.8 million
Also for comparison, during the final quarter of 2009, in the run up to the 2010 UK Parliamentary general elections, the total amount of donations to political parties stood at £17,419,277.
The five political parties to report the most in donations in the final quarter of 2014 were:
- Conservative Party – £8,345,687
- Labour Party – £7,163,988
- Liberal Democrats - £3,038,500
- UK Independence Party (UKIP) - £1,505,055
- Green Party - £248,520
The value of loans to political parties as at 31 December 2014 stood at £12,981,581.
This is a decrease of £1,263,082 compared to the previous quarter where the value of loans stood at £14,244,663.
A summary of donations and loans reported in the fourth quarter of 2014, including the top donors, is available here: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/182235/Q4-2014-donations-and-loans-summary-document.pdf
Full details of donations and loans are available on our registers at: https://pefonline.electoralcommission.org.uk/search/searchintro.aspx
Full analysis and breakdown of the figures for quarter four 2014 is available at: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/find-information-by-subject/political-parties-campaigning-and-donations/donations-and-loans-to-political-parties/quarterly-donations-and-loans