What your Tory donation can buy you: David Ord had been given exclusive access to cabinet ministers when David Cameron was at No 10 [Image: the Conservative Foundation].

Needless to say, the commentators on Twitter are having a field day.

Here’s Momentum Oxford, mocking the soon-to-be Sir David Ord by calling him Lord Ord (which sounds like an echo):

Or there’s this:

But we shouldn’t allow the mockery to hide the facts:

The Conservative Party is still nearly £1 million better-off, thanks to this man, and he has still received a reward that diminishes every honour bestowed to ordinary people who have earned their titles through good works.

His donations allowed him exclusive access to cabinet minister during David Cameron’s time as prime minister, meaning he could lobby hard for whatever he, personally, wanted – in mockery of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 that, it was claimed, would prevent such access.

David Ord’s knighthood – and every other crony honour dished out by our corrupt Conservative excuse for a government – is an insult to the nation.

A company boss who has given nearly £1m to the Conservative party and long-serving MPs from across the Commons head the list of political figures who receive a knighthood in this year’s New Year honours list.

David Ord, who becomes a knight in the new year, is a co-owner of Bristol ports and a member of the Conservative party’s Leaders’ Group, who were granted exclusive access to cabinet ministers under David Cameron and George Osborne. He has given more than £930,000 to the party since 2013.

Ord, a major opponent of the Severn Barrage, was once embroiled in a donations row after it emerged in 2014 that Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie had failed to declare the port owner’s donations to her local party on time, despite making numerous parliamentary interventions about the project. She apologised and was cleared of wrongdoing by the parliamentary watchdog.

Jeremy Corbyn said the honours for Tory donors were an insult to those who had been rewarded for charitable work or achievements. “The Conservatives are making a mockery of our honours system,” the Labour leader’s spokesperson said. “Every crony appointment is an insult to the incredible people from right across Britain who are rewarded for the great contributions they make to our national life.”

Source: Company boss who gave £930,000 to Tory party receives knighthood | UK news | The Guardian

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