“British political parties received a record £40m of donations in the three months before the election, with the Conservatives bringing in more than twice as much cash as Labour.
More than half of the money was given to the Conservative party, which raised almost £25m between April and June compared with £9.5m for Labour.
The funding received beat the previous record high for a three-month period, which was set during the runup to the election in 2015, by more than £9m.
The biggest donation to the Conservatives was £1.5m from Anthony Bamford, a Conservative peer and industrialist who also helped fund the Brexit campaign. Labour’s largest sum was from Unite, the trade union, which donated £1.3m.
Other wealthy businessmen who gave more than £1m each to the Tories including John Armitage, a hedge fund manager, John Gore, a musical theatre impresario, and John Griffin, the founder of the Addison Lee taxi firm.
The Liberal Democrats raised about £4.4m, while Ukip managed to get £150,000, the Greens around £175,000, the Women’s Equality party almost £300,000 and Plaid Cymru just £5,300.”