Parties find it tough to get funds

Donations to political parties fell almost £1m in the second quarter, Electoral Commission figures showed yesterday. Parties reported receiving just under £7.9m, with almost £3.8m going to the Conservatives, approximately £3m to Labour and just over £700,000 to the Liberal Democrats. The biggest donor was the Unite union, which gave Labour £840,275, and together the unions donated close to £1.6m to Ed Miliband’s party.