UK Politics

Conservatives receive more donations than Labour in early 2014

David Cameron and Ed Miliband
David Cameron's party received more donations than Ed Miliband's in the first quarter of 2014

The Conservatives received just over £2.2m more than Labour in donations in the first three months of 2014, the Electoral Commission has revealed.

New figures published on Thursday show the Conservative Party received £6.6m, and Labour received about £4.4m.

The Lib Dems and the Scottish National Party were given just over £1m each, and the UK Independence Party just under £500,000.

The biggest single donor was the Unite union to Labour, with £1.8m.

Sir Michael Hintze, a multi-millionaire hedge fund manager, gave the Conservatives £1.5m.

The third biggest donor was Usdaw, the shop workers union, which gave Labour just under £700,000.

The next biggest donors were a couple who support the SNP and who won the Euromillions lottery. Colin and Christine Weir gave Alex Salmond's party £500,000 pounds each.