Search the Money. Who funds Britain's Conservative Party

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Search The Money is a data-driven research and campaign tool built to scrutinise donations made to the Conservative Party. It allows you to see who could be trying to gain influence with Tory MPs by aggregating publicly-available data published by the UK Parliament and the Electoral Commission.

Search The Money shows you what an MP and their local Conservative Association (constituency party) has received in donations and hospitality. It also shows you if your MP has been doing some  private “work on the side”.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS SEARCH THE MONEY?

Search The Money is a data-driven research and campaign tool built to scrutinise donations made to the Conservative Party. It allows you to see who could be trying to gain influence with Tory MPs by aggregating publicly-available data published in The Register of Members’ Financial Interests and in the Electoral Commissions Party and Election Finance Online registers.

WHICH DONATIONS ARE COUNTED?

For each Tory MP we include:

  • Entries on  the Register of Members' Financial Interests since the 2010 general election
  • Donations to their campaigns or local Conservative Association since 2005
Monies given to local parties are included because it is used to campaign for the Conservative candidate in that seat. It is possible that some of the money listed may pre-date new MPs having been adopted as candidates in the period 2005-2010. But all of the money spent during this period would have been used to galvanise support for the Conservatives in the run up to 2010, whether a specific Westminster candidate had been selected or not.

WHY DOES SEARCH THE MONEY ONLY LIST TORY MPS?

Of the three main political parties, the Conservatives are at the forefront of raising money from individuals and organisations linked to corporate special interests. Search the Money was created to help journalists and members of the public analyse this complex web of support for the 306 Tory MPs.

The manner in which donations are made to the Conservatives can sometimes make them less transparent than they should be:

  • Complex combinations of giving, such as a mixture of private donations and money channelled through companies.
  • Donations channelled through obscure legal vehicles, the significance of which is not immediately apparent.
  • Other bundling of donations to confuse the source.

While this site was inspired by non-partisan e-democracy sites such as TheyWorkForYou, Search The Money was conceived as an evidence-based political campaign tool.

WHO FUNDS SEARCH THE MONEY?

The site is being developed with backing from the trade unions GMB, Unite and CWU. We will be publishing a breakdown of our income on a quarterly basis.

HOW IS THE DATA LICENSED?

Data from parliament, such as information from the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, is made available under the Open Parliament License v1.0. Data on donations is publicly available on the Electoral Commission's website. We are registered as a data controller as per the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

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