May Breaks Her Party’s Promise By Failing To “Come Clean” About Dinners With Super-Rich Donors
“A functioning democracy is not one that allows the super-rich to buy influence in the governing Party without any transparency”

Jon Trickett, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister has called the Tory chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin, to “come clean” about dinners attended by super-rich donors and to release full details of the meetings immediately.

Although the Tories promised to disclose the details of their parties every quarter, the last published details of the meetings with the exclusive ‘Leader’s Group’ of high-value donors was in December 2016.

After the “cash for access” scandal in 2012, David Cameron, ex-Prime Minister vowed to publish quarterly details of “any meals attended by major donors, whether they take place at Downing Street, Chequers or any official residence.”

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Since the 2016 General Election, the exclusive group of wealthy the Conservative party backers is responsible for more than half of the £6.2 million donations to the party. They have given the party £65 million since they came to power. The group is only accessible for those who donate at least £50,000 to the Party.

The Leader’s Group is the premier supporter Group of the Tories. “Members are invited to join Theresa May and other senior figures from the Conservative Party at dinners, post-PMQ lunches, drinks receptions, election result events and important campaign launches.”, According to the Party’s website.

The Labour Trickett said: “Access to power should not be about how big your wallet is. A functioning democracy is not one that allows the super-rich to buy influence in the governing Party without any transparency.”

“By failing to provide details of these meetings, Theresa May is breaking her own Party’s promise to be more transparent about the influence their super-rich donors have within their Party.”

During a speech in a House of Commons in 2007, the PM said: “It has long been the position of the Conservative party that in order to restore public trust we must remove the dependency of the political parties on all large donors, regardless of whether they are individuals, businesses or trade unions.”

Later, Ms May promised that the Government she leads will be driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the “interests of ordinary, working-class people.”

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