The SKWAWKBOX has run a series of articles on the limited company Labour Future (LF). Those articles addressed the company’s communications, which some have taken to be from the Labour Party even though LF is not affiliated to the party. They have also addressed LF’s fundraising, data-gathering, use of other organisations’ logos and its claimed support for the party.
One question remained to be addressed. LF told the SKWAWKBOX that the only Labour-related financial donation the company had made was £500 to the Stand up for Labour comedy campaign. But it’s a reasonably safe bet that LF has raised a lot more than £500 – and the company claims to have run a number of digital campaigns.
LF’s Director of Digital had ended his last email with, “Please do let me know if I can help with anything else at all.” So we asked them:
Could you advise the amounts spent on each of the campaign items listed in the second paragraph of your response?
LF responded – but not with the information requested:
We are a small team and simply do not have the resources to provide you with itemised spending returns, nor are we under any obligation to do so. Labour Future is an independent, not-for-profit campaigning body with the same legal standing as Momentum.
Given our positive contribution to Labour’s recent general election campaign, our innovation in campaigning techniques and our close ties to the party, we look forward to continuing this work.
LF has been reasonably forthcoming so far – but it seems that this was a question too far for the organisation, which has strong links to the ‘Leave’ campaign and also connections to organisations such as the Taxpayers’ Alliance.
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