Tory time travel: now we find the Corruption Party has taken donations from dead firms

Backhander: is this how the Tories take their donations nowadays? In secret, so the donors can hide their identities in increasingly bizarre ways?

I can’t wait to hear the explanation for this, from whichever Tory anti-corruption tsar, ministerial standards watchdog or donations supremo will be ordered to whitewash it.

Will it bear any resemblance to the finding of the Electoral Commission, which is investigating?

Here’s the issue:

Two donations allegedly made to the Conservative Party from companies which had ceased to exist.

That’s right; they didn’t cease trading after giving the donations. They had already ceased to exist when the donations – worth £16,000 – were made.

It’s impossible. Logically, these were donations by people who wanted to hide the fact that they were donating to the Tories.

Now, why would anybody want to do that?

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, parties may only accept donations from a UK-registered company if it “carries on business in the United Kingdom”.

So a logical possibility is that these were donations from foreign concerns who had an interest – possibly financial – in the Conservatives.

For clarity, these are the donations concerned:

One was for a sum of £10,000 made in November 2019 by a company called Stridewell Estates. Government records indicate that the firm had been dissolved three years previously.

The second donation was made in June 2017 by a company called Unionist Buildings Limited which had apparently been dissolved in January of that year.

I wonder also if this is something to do with Brexit. I’ll say no more than that, for now.

Another question is why it took Labour this long to query these donations. Too busy accusing innocent party members of anti-Semitism?

Source: Labour demands probe into donations to Tories from defunct firms – BBC News

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3 thoughts on “Tory time travel: now we find the Corruption Party has taken donations from dead firms

  1. El Dee

    The name ‘Unionist Buildings Ltd’ has the stinky aroma of the right wing in NI or Scotland. As NI has it’s own version of the Tories in the DUP then I would discount them. This will be someone who supports the ‘Yoons’ in Scotland and is donating the money specifically for that purpose.

  2. G Millward

    HMRC will be interested in donations from dissolved companies, particular if there are monies owing to HMRC or other creditors, because if you can pay donations, then you can pay your creditors… and if this money came from the company, then was it profit generated by the company? If it was, then Corporation tax and VAT is very likely to be due upon it. I have brought this to the attention of HMRC by using this handy link for reporting tax evasion

    https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/shortforms/form/TEH_IRF

  3. Hecuba

    Fascist tories committing more crimes and this time it does read as if they are engaged in ‘money laundering’ which is a crime too!! But never mind us stupid peasants can’t sack the fascist tories and laws don’t apply to the criminal boys in charge of their fascist tory party!

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