This morning I said that “Labour just isn’t bringing in enough money, perhaps not even enough to run the kind of election campaign that’s needed to make the huge gains we need to win in 2015″. If I was concerned before, I’m terrified now.
Because now I have an idea of how much money Tory MPs have at their disposal.
A new website – searchthemoney.com – run by Political Scrapbook Editor Laurence Durnan, reveals the amount of money each Tory MP receives in donations (corporate and private), as well as any renumerations and property/land that might be boosting their personal coffers. It’s billed as ‘the website David Cameron doesn’t want you to see’.
My nearest marginal seat, for example, is Finchley and Golders Green. According to searchthemoney.com, the MP for that seat Mike Freer has received £491,799.59. He has only been an MP for two years. I doubt I am wrong in suggesting that Finchley and Golders Green Labour Party have far less than that at their disposal.
Michael Gove is another Tory MP who seems to be raking it in, with £491,799.59. The personally wealthy Zac Goldsmith received £536,570.14, but has been donating his own money to fellow MPs too. Poor David Cameron has received just £174,657.32, which pales into contrast with Nicholas Soames who picked up £499,603.41.
That, ladies and gentleman, is a mountain for Labour to climb. A cash mountain.