Election 2017

General election 2017: Conservatives top donation list in first week

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The Conservatives received the largest amount of money in the first official week of the general election campaign, followed by Labour.

The Conservatives were given £4.1m and Labour £2.7m between 3 and 9 May, according to the Electoral Commission.

Donations to the Lib Dems totalled £180,000 and for UKIP the figure was £48,000.

Parties standing in June's election have to submit details of donations and loans of over £7,500 on a weekly basis.

The Women's Equality Party reported a donation worth £20,544 - more than the Green Party, which received £15,000.

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) also reported a loan of £10,000.

Who gave the most money?

The largest single donation to the Conservatives was £900,000, made by John Griffin, founder of taxi firm Addison Lee.

Labour's largest donor was the Unite union, which donated £2.4m in total.

One non-party campaign group, the People's Assembly Against Austerity, was given £65,000.

Ahead of the 2015 general election, almost £2.5 million in donations were reported to the Electoral Commission in the first reporting period.

A total of almost £14.4 million in donations and loans were reported during the 2015 general election campaign.

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