Where have politicians raised their money from? Donations to Consevative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs

Unite contributed to both Sadiq Khan's and Jeremy Corbyn's campaigns (Source: Getty)

Donations to holders of elected offices, members’ associations and members of registered parties reached over £3m over the last year, according to figures published by the Electoral Commission, the independent party funding watchdog.

In total, £3,035,525.91 was donated between 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015, compared to £2,289,262,62 for the same period a year earlier, a 32 per cent increase.

Individuals provided a far larger amount than other entities, with companies donating the second largest amount, followed by trade unions.

And a huge percentage of those donations were given by the top ten donors, who gave almost £1.2m – or 41 per cent.

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Lord Sainsbury gave a total of £519,014 – to Progress and Movement for Change.

Unite gave their money to a variety of candidates, including Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson and Sadiq Khan.

Long-time Labour donors Barbara and Ken Follett, meanwhile, pledged their money to Yvette Cooper in her bid for Labour leader – as well as £10,000 to Labour Women’s Network. Peter Hearn also gave money to Cooper’s campaign, as well as Rushanara Ali, the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.

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Timpson Ltd, the shoe repair and key cutting shops, gave Edward Timpson – head of the company John Timpson’s son - £88,016.

Many campaigning for top positions were among the top individual MPs to take money – including Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Interestingly, some of the candidates for the Labour London mayoral nomination took in more than the leadership hopefuls.

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