29 November 2010

Local Tories enjoy millionaires' moolah

Not everyone in Hammersmith is having it tough. The local Conservative Party has enjoyed nearly a quarter of a million pounds in donations over the past decade, with four in every ten pounds coming from just two multi-millionaires, Lord Ashcroft and John Nash. According to Electoral Commission figures, the ten-year total since January 2001 hit £216,684 at the end of October. 

Lord Ashcroft’s £42,000 bounty was conveyed by Bearwood Corporate Services Ltd, a subsidiary of a subsidiary of an investment company owned by a Belize-registered company (yes) associated with the straightforward peer.

John Nash, who owns a huge private healthcare company, chose to channel £50,000 to Hammersmith Tories via his wife Caroline. She also bestowed £21,000 on Andrew Lansley's office, causing the Daily Telegraph to exclaim, Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary, is being bankrolled by the head of one of the biggest private health providers to the NHS” and the Daily Mail to warn, Mr Nash runs several other firms that provide services to the NHS and stands to gain hugely from Tory plans to increase private sector involvement. It will be interesting to see how local GP consortia develop.

Who on earth are S.D. Management of 4th Floor, Centre Heights, 137 Finchley Road, London NW3 6JG, company reg. No. 0624459, who gave the Hammersmith Conservative Party £5,000 on 9 December 2009? Any answers, please, to hfconwatch@hotmail.co.uk.

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