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Conservative fundraising outstripped Labour by more than a quarter between January and March

Just in from ITN:

"The Conservatives are outstripping Labour in fundraising by more than a quarter ahead of the next General Election. David Cameron's party received over £4 million in donations in the first quarter of this year, compared to the £2.8 million raised by Labour.

"Despite Labour's inferior flow of funds, their donations are slightly up on the previous three months, while the Opposition's total was about one million pounds down, according to Electoral Commission records. Donations to all parties in the period were up at £9.1 million in lieu of the recession, but the figures precede the tumult over MPs' expenses which many fear will dissuade benefactors from giving more."

More detail is to be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Jonathan Isaby


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