The list of Tory donors to boycott is growing. If you really want to beat them, starve them of cash

It’s all about money: if Boris Johnson didn’t have any, he couldn’t harm anyone. So why are we supporting the people who support him?

The response to my article calling for people to stop buying products provided by firms that donate to the Conservative Party had a great response.

Originally I intended to update that article with new additions to the list of Tory donor firms, but it occurs to me that this may not attract as many readers as regular (or semi-regular) updates, so I’m taking the latter route.

I am aware that some respondents have expressed scepticism about the idea. It won’t produce results overnight, that’s for sure – but then, we’re stuck with Boris Johnson and his cabal of incompetents until 2024, thanks to the 2019 general election. Do you have anything better to do?

This Site can’t change the situation on its own, either, so don’t expect me to. It is the individual responsibility of everybody in the UK to obtain the best government possible – and to change that government by any legal means if a wrong decision is made; you can’t expect the rest of us to do it for you.

That means changing your behaviour to cut out the Tory businesses, and finding new suppliers of goods and services you need.

It also means pestering your friends and colleagues to do the same. Expect resistance because people are naturally lazy. Use the exam results fiasco to persuade parents, and the Covid-19 disaster on others. As the Tories perpetrate more cock-ups – and they will – add those to the list you can use.

And here’s the list of Tory donor firms to shun:

Addison Lee (via founder John Griffin)

Associated British Foods

Balfour Beatty

Beds and Bars Ltd

Bestway (cash and carry)

Bicester Shopping Village

Boden

Cameron Mackintosh (theatre company: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Miss Saigon, Cats and Hamilton)

Caxton Associates (via boss Andrew Law)

Country House Weddings Ltd

CVC Capital Partners (via co-founder Bruce Hardy McLain)

Delamere Dairy

Dyson (household appliance manufacturer)

E.On (gas and electricity supplier)

Express Newspapers

Flamingo Land (Yorkshire theme park)

Gatwick Airport

Genix Healthcare (NHS and private dental clinics)

Ginsters (pasty and pie manufacturer, owned by Tory donors Samworth Brothers)

Golden Wonder (crisps)

Hooch (drink, owned by Tory donor Global Brands Ltd)

Iceland (supermarket)

Imperial London Hotels Ltd

JCB (construction, but has also licenced hundreds of other products)

JP Morgan Cazenove (via former chairman David Mayhew)

Kingsmill (bread, owned by Associated British Foods)

The London Cabaret Club

Lycamobile (SIM card company)

Melton Mowbray pies (owned by Tory donors Samworth Brothers)

Microsoft Ltd (UK branch of the US corporation. This could be tricky as I expect we all have Microsoft products!)

National Express

New Cross Nursing Group Ltd (nurse agency)

Next

Ocado

Palantir

Patak’s (owned by Associated British Foods)

Petrofac (via chairman Ayman Asfari)

Pimlico Plumbers

Radnor Hills Mineral Water

Frederic Robinson Ltd (owns Robinson Breweries and 280 pubs in the North West, producer of bottled and cask beers)

Sainsbury’s (supermarket)

Scottish Power (although this firm seems confused and has also given to Labour)

Selfridges (department store)

Serco

Silver Spoon (suger manufacturer, owned by Associated British Foods)

Soreen Malt Loaf (owned by Tory donors Samworth Brothers)

The Spectator (magazine, via former owner Sir Henry Keswick)

The Sun (newspaper (it says))

Tate & Lyle (sugar manufacturer)

Tempcover (car insurer)

Twinings (tea manufacturer, owned by Associated British Foods)

Tyrells (crisps)

VK (alcopop owned by Tory donor Global Brands Ltd)

Warburtons (bread manufacturer)

Westfield

Wetherspoons (pub chain)

Wren Kitchens

It’s still not an exhaustive list. I’m working through the evidence as fast as I can.

And it may be inaccurate in places. Any firm or person listed above who thinks they shouldn’t be is invited to get in touch (politely, please!) and we can talk about it.

I must emphasize that this is not something that can achieve results overnight. It requires a behavioural shift by a large number of people, into awareness of where their money goes after they use it to buy goods/services.

And I must also remind you of one very important fact:

If you – personally – don’t do anything, nothing will change. It really is your choice.

(NOTE August 17: Richer Sounds has been removed from the list as I have been informed that the company is very far from being a Tory donor; it is now largely employee-owned and supports a large number of progressive causes and campaigns, in line with the activities of its founder, Julian Richer. I am delighted to make this correction and hope to run an article about what appears to be an exemplary UK business in the near future.)

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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12 thoughts on “The list of Tory donors to boycott is growing. If you really want to beat them, starve them of cash

  1. Jim

    I think some of these will require a bit of an individual judgement call, especially the ones where it was the founder more so than the company being the donor, and the founder being no longer part of the company. Addison Lee is a good example of this, John Griffin having stepped down in 2014 even though he has personally donated £4million plus pre April 2019.

    These might be of interest for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper.

    The Electoral Commission has spreadsheets of all political financial reporting back to 2001 here, which is useful but a bit hard to navigate easily.

    https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/financial-reporting/donations-and-loans/view-donations-and-loans

    And then there’s this, same thing in essence but you can search by keywords, people, parties, groups etc, individually, so a lot more user friendly and lots of search filters to choose from, too.

    http://search.electoralcommission.org.uk/

    Just for fun I compared personal donations to Boris and Jeremy, for 2019.
    £811,500 vs £0

    Cons vs Labour as parties, there was just a few million difference in 2019. Labour’s mostly not coming from companies or individuals though.

    When they say “the party of business,” they really aren’t lying!

  2. Wayne

    Samworth brother also make all of Tesco in store bakery products for Tesco stores that don’t have in store bakeries

  3. Jeffrey davDav

    Iv had a talk to the oap outside those coffee shops
    That sprung up I talked to many burger places that
    They all pay minimum tax even those big online companies like Amazon untill the peasants not use them then on it goes

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      A shorter list won’t count, though. The Tories would still have an income stream from the omissions.

      What you’re actually saying is, “I can’t be bothered. I know it’s only a little work to ensure I’m not funding Tories but I’d rather carry on paying them to ruin me and harm everyone I care about.”

      That’s your choice, of course. Own it.

  4. kateuk

    Can’t stand Wetherspoons and haven’t bought Warburtons or Kingsmill for years (I prefer the local independent baker). Sugar could be difficult with both Silver Spoon and Tate and Lyle on the LIst. Surprised about Ocado, I guess I’ll just have to go to Waitrose stores rather than order on line, not that I’ve done that since lockdown started. Sainsbury’s also surprised me, oh well I don’t go often, I guess I’ll be going even less now.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Be honest: the current Conservative government is the worst administration the UK has had – as far as anybody living can remember. I think you’d have to go deep into the history books to find one that has been worse.

      As for Labour: one thing at a time.

      1. Noreen

        Theft of the publicly owned NHS, murder of millions due to Austerity and lack of virus control eg care homes, no PPE Why are these criminals not in court and in jail?

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