Labour launches partnership with phone network as it seeks to diversify funding

28th September, 2013 8:00 am

As party budgets get squeezed, the need for different sources of funding becomes more acute, and the need for more diverse and innovative means of fundraising becomes key. That’s something the Labour Party appears to be aware of – this week they’re launching a partnership with mobile phone company TPO – and a percentage of every pound that is spent with the company will go to the party. A Labour spokesperson told us:

“The Labour Party is pleased to have agreed a partnership with The People’s Operator to offer mobile phone services to our members. TPO have similar deals with organisations ranging from charities, local schools and animal shelters.”

When Labour party members switch to TPO, 10% of what they spend goes back to the party. That could provide a simple and easy way for members to give money to the party – especially with all of those phone banks coming between now and 2015. Mark Epstein, CEO of The People’s Operator says:

“The People’s Operator (TPO) are proud to add The Labour Party to our growing list of partners. This is a massive opportunity for the party to raise a significant amount in donations at a crucial time – whilst also rewarding members with the best mobile deals in the UK. By switching to TPO, party members can help Labour win in 2015.”

More information on the scheme is available here.


  • JoeDM

    And I thought that Labour were against big business sponsorship !

    • treborc1

      Not when they are willing to pay, socialism at it’s best it seems.

  • Matthew Blott

    I have a company phone and am with another provider so I can’t really move across anyway but I wish the scheme all the best – even though they keep sending me annoying text messages asking if I’d like to come on board.

    • treborc1

      Maybe they can ask the Unions to come on board I’m sure Len McCluskey would be willing.

      • John Ruddy

        UNITE already work with this company. UNITE members can switch their phone and they will donate money to the union on the members behalf.

        • treborc1

          Well as they say we will see, money is money.

  • rwendland

    Worth noting that The People’s Operator is not a co-operative, but a Limited Liability Partnership seemingly with a complex ownership structure around it (see below). Its SIM-only prices are generally very good compared to the big mobile companies, but in many cases not as cheap as giffgaff, though in some cases better than giffgaff.

    FYI, from Companies House info there are likely a number of associated companies. One is The People’s Operator Holdings Limited, and another TPOF Limited – both previously named The Peoples Operator Limited. Andrew Ian Rosenfeld, former millionaire lender to Labour in 2005, is a director of both these companies. Sir Christopher William Kelly, former Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health 1997-2000 and former Chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service & Committee on Standards in Public Life is a director of TPOF Limited.

    Andrew Ian Rosenfeld (assuming not another with same name) made a fortune in property development – 540 on the Sunday Times Rich List 2009. He is now Vice-President of the NSPCC. He was one on the many millionaire lenders to Labour for the 2005 election, and this loan was repaid by Labour in 2009.

    Hope this background info is of interest.


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