City lobbying: their pay, their say, their way | Editorial

Our stories on the finance industry’s lobbying machine must serve to toughen up the coalition’s proposals For the ramifications of our stories on the City’s lobbying machine, you need simply browse through the rest of the website. Here is an item about how George Osborne is fighting Brussels for the right of bankers to pay […]


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Tories to shelve ‘no-fault dismissals’

Vince Cable warned ministers that proposal would leave ‘dead hand of fear’ hanging over employees Whitehall is expecting Downing Street to abandon its support later this summer for one of the central recommendations in a controversial report by a Tory donor which called for companies to be given the right to sack workers at will. […]


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Miliband offers £5,000 union cap in party funding reforms

Labour leader wants cap on individual donations that is 10 times lower than limit proposed by David Cameron Ed Miliband has offered to sacrifice millions of pounds of funding from unions to the Labour party as he set out a comprehensive package of measures to reform the system of party donations. The Labour leader said […]


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No 10 publishes Chequers donor guest list in third U-turn of the day

List of donors invited to PM’s country residence is revealed as Downing Street tries to draw a line under cash-for-access row Downing Street embarked on its third U-turn in 24 hours when it published the names of donors who have been invited by David Cameron for lunch or dinner at Chequers. Lord Ashcroft, the party’s […]


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David Cameron publishes details of donor dinners in cash-for-access row

Prime minister attempts to draw line under Tory funding row after government earlier refused to reveal details of meetings David Cameron has sought to draw a line under the Tory funding row by announcing the party is to publish details of all dinners attended by major donors who have given more than £50,000. Hours after […]


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Peter Cruddas: from East End lad to ‘Monaco boy’

The ex-Tory party co-treasurer and hedge fund manager is a self-made man, hailing from Hackney With an estimated £750m fortune, according to the Sunday Times rich list, Peter Cruddas is one of the wealthier members of the Conservative party and had been its co-treasurer since June of last year. His biography, on the website of […]


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Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas resigns over cash for access to prime minister

Party co-treasurer sought £250,000 donation from reporters posing as overseas clients The Tory party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas has resigned after it was revealed he was offering access to the prime minister and chancellor for up to £250,000. He was forced out after footage emerged of him apparently making the offer to undercover reporters. In his […]


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