Scottish Conservatives: Donors donate £ 88,000 to party so far in 2021
The Scottish Conservative Party has received more than £ 88,000 in donations so far this year, The National can reveal.
The figures appear in the Election Commission expense register and cover the first three months of 2021.
There were 20 donations in total between January and March, for a total of £ 88,550.
The donors were a mix, but most came from 14 people. Five were from the Scottish Unionist Association Trust (SUAT) and one company donated £ 20,000.
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For this analysis, we filtered Election Commission data on donations made to branches of the Conservative Party in Scotland in 2021.
Although there have been individuals from Scotland who have donated to the Conservative HQ, they will not be featured in this report.
The bulk of the donation, £ 59,500, came from 14 people at 10 different branches of the Conservative Party.
Peak Scientific Holdings Ltd donated £ 20,000 to the East Renfrewshire branch. The company states on its website that it is a “world leader in the manufacture and support of laboratory gas generators”. The companies house claims the company is registered in Inchinnan, Renfrew, and lists the director as Jonathan Edward McGregor Golby.
National’s analysis examines donations made to Scottish Conservative branches in 2021
Meanwhile, the so-called ‘black money’ trust SUAT handed over £ 9,050 to five Scottish branches.
The Perth and Kinross branch received the highest amount of donations overall, with £ 21,000 from four sources – three individuals and a £ 1,000 donation from SUAT – closely followed by East Renfrewshire.
East Lothian received a total of £ 14,500 from three people, Stirling and Clackmannanshire raised £ 14,000 from four donations and Highland £ 5,500 from two donations.
The rest of the branch totals were; South Lanarkshire £ 5,000 (two donations), North Ayrshire £ 2,500 (donation), Fife £ 2,500 (donation), North Lanarkshire £ 2,250 (donation) and Aberdeenshire £ 1,800 (donation).
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The majority of donations were £ 5,000 or less, but there were three notable donors who raised larger amounts.
Kenneth A Graham donated £ 10,000 to the Perth and Kinross branch on March 31st and Max Ward, a seasoned fund manager and former partner of Baillie Gifford, donated the same amount to the East Lothian department on March 18th. March.
The third largest donor, Lady Tessa E Keswick, gave £ 7,000 to the Stirling and Clackmannanshire branch. Keswick is a former British political analyst who worked at the Center for Policy Studies among many other roles.
Her husband, Sir Henry Keswick, is the former owner of Spectator magazine. There were two separate donations of £ 1,000 under Sir Henry NL Keswick at the same branch on the same day, March 8.
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There were a few other notable names included in the donor list, many of which are listed as directors on corporate houses.
Scottish peer Ian Ogilvie-Grant, 13th Earl of Seafield, donated £ 4000 to the Highland Tory party branch.
Sir Henry Angest, a London-based banker, donated £ 5,000 to the Perth and Kinross branch.
Of the 14 individual conservative donors, 12 were male and two were female.
A Ferret investigation in June 2020 revealed that the SUAT had been fined by the Electoral Commission for a late declaration of donation.
Between April 9, 2001 and January 5, 2020, the SUAT gave £ 416,510 to the Scottish Tories, along with donations to then-leader Jackson Carlaw MSP, Tory MP David Duguid and current leader Douglas Ross.
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And the Glasgow-based secret trust shows no sign of stopping donating to Scottish Tories.
So far this year they have given over £ 9,000 in donations to five Conservative Scottish branches.
They donated £ 2,500 to the Fife branch, £ 2,250 in North Lanarkshire, £ 1,800 in Aberdeenshire, £ 1,500 in Highland and £ 1,000 in Perth and Kinross.
The Scottish Conservatives have been contacted for comment.