Thursday, 14 June 2012

Campaign To Clean Up Political Party Funding Backed By Cambridge MP

A national campaign to clean up political party funding has been backed by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

Julian has signed an open letter to the three party leaders – David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Milliband – calling for political donations to be capped.

The letter from national pressure group, Unlock Democracy comes as the Metropolitan Police launch an inquiry into the Conservative party’s so called “cash for access” affair.

Julian said: “The Lib Dems made a promise to the people of this country that they would work to clean up politics. This issue of individuals or corporations being able to donate huge amounts of money to get close to our politicians is totally unacceptable and has to stop.

“Our political parties should be working for the people of this country and not put in a position where they could be influenced by wealthy individuals and big corporations who are backing their parties financially.

“We need to clean up party funding and this cap on donations will go a long way to achieving that.”

A cap of £10,000 a year was recommended by the recent Committee on Standards in Public Life report into party funding.