Labour relies on unions for party donations as debt nears £10m

UNIONS were responsible for 82 per cent of donations to the Labour Party’s coffers in the second quarter of this year, with the Unite union alone donating more than £750,000.

Between April and June, Labour received a total of £3.2m in donations – excluding public funds – of which £2.7m came from trade unions, according to the latest figures from the Electoral Commission.

The figures also revealed that the Labour Party is still almost £10m in the red, with its £9.9m of loans accounting for more than two-thirds of the combined total owed by the seven parties covered.

More than £8.6m of donations were received in total, with the Tories raising £4.2m to Labour’s £3.22m. The Liberal Democrats were given £972,344.

Related articles