MP reveals election campaign funding sources
of the huge amounts of money used to fight the General Election
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been revealed this week.
town's MP James Heappey has published the donations he received
in the run-up to May's election.
Heappey has declared interests of £88,701, and the records
show he was given substantial donations by organisations set up
before the election to support would-be Conservative MPs.
include the 'No Balls Ball', based in Wiltshire, which gave him
was also given £15,000 by JCB, £28,685 from a group
called 'Fundraise for the Future' which is based in Wells, and
£9,500 from other trusts and campaign groups.
MP Tessa Munt declared £29,000 in gifts and in kind, including
£20,000 from controversial peer Lord Oakeshott and
£6,000 in the form of an opinion poll that showed Ms Munt
would have been more likely to win had Nick Clegg not been leader
a poll that led to Lord Oakeshott leaving the party.
candidates' full costs of running an election, in which they are
allowed to spend around 7p per elector in their constituency between
January and May of an election year, are due to be formally announced
later in the year.