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Local associations raised £25 million last year

Picture 15 This morning, Jeremy Middleton, the Chairman of the National Conservative Convention, has published his annual report to the meeting of the Convention at the spring conference in Brighton.

You can download the report in full here.

His report makes the point that the party membership is the lifeblood of the party, which contributed so much to the local, European and by-election victories over the last twelve months - and indeed will be crucial to the general election effort over the coming weeks. The report does not, however, tell us how many members there actually are.

But it does highlight the fact that local associations raised £25 million over the last year, most of it in modest donations. This is only goes to further back up Tim's point this morning that the vast majority of money funding campaigning on the ground is not coming from the centre.

Jonathan Isaby


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