Do­na­tions to Plaid less than the BNP’s

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

PLAID Cymru party do­na­tions are al­most 20 times less than those of the far-right BNP, ac­cord­ing to the Electoral Com­mis­sion.

Data for the sec­ond quar­ter of this year, April 1-June 30, show Plaid pulled in £5,300 from po­lit­i­cal sym­pa­this­ers.

The Con­ser­va­tives re­ceived al­most £25m over the same pe­riod, with the BNP given £100,000.

But Plaid bosses have hit back, say­ing it is proud the party is not dic­tated to by “big busi­ness and spe­cial in­ter­ests”.

Do­na­tions to po­lit­i­cal par­ties for the lat­est pub­lished quar­ter, which in­clude the pe­riod of the gen­eral elec­tion, were the largest ever recorded, at more than £40.1m.

How­ever, the lack of cash flow­ing into Plaid cof­fers is star­tling, with its 8,000 mem­ber­ship con­tribut­ing a mea­gre av­er­age 66p each over the elec­tion pe­riod.

Tory party mem­bers gave an av­er­age of nearly £167, and Labour sup­port­ers av­er­aged just under £18 each.

A Plaid Cymru spokes­woman said: “Un­like the London-based par­ties, Plaid Cymru is funded en­tirely by smaller do­na­tions from mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

“We are proud to be an­swer­able to those grass roots sup­port­ers. We ex­ist to serve the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties who form the foun­da­tions of our party and are com­mit­ted to build­ing on this sup­port to make Wales a more so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally just coun­try.”

Dur­ing the same pe­riod four par­ties ac­cepted a to­tal of more than £1.7m from pub­lic funds to as­sist with costs.

The value of out­stand­ing loans to po­lit­i­cal par­ties stands at £4,076,8037.

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