Are UKIP’s fortunes on the wane because supporters are getting what they want – an in/out referendum on the UK’s EU membership – without that party having been voted into office?
Figures showing Ukip gets more cash through state money than from any of its private donors individuallyhave highlighted the party’s funding collapse.
Data on donations to political parties for the final quarter of 2015, released by the Electoral Commission, show that Ukip received £89,869 in “Short money” or funds distributed to opposition parties at Westminster. Ukip is eligible for the public funds because it has an MP, Douglas Carswell.
The “Short money” was slightly more than Ukip’s largest private donation for the period: £80,000 from Ko Barclay, the stepson of the newspaper magnate Sir Frederick Barclay.
The company Rock Services gave the party a “non-cash” donation of £34,232.69, which is believed to be the use of a telephone phone bank.
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