Right-wing leadership candidate’s donor list gives hint why rival Starmer is so slow to disclose his
Lisa Nandy has become the second Labour leadership candidate to disclose details of her campaign donors -following Rebecca Long-Bailey’s decision to do so earlier this week – and in doing so has given a hint why Keir Starmer has dragged his feet in revealing his own.
Nandy’s donors include individuals and groups with links to long-term anti-Corbyn activism:
- 89up Ltd – which created the website for Nandy-backing union GMB – donated almost £6,000 in ‘digital services’. Director Mike Harris has described himself as having been an ‘ardent’ fan of Tony Blair – and wrote an article titled “How Labour can stage a coup against Jeremy Corbyn“
- Betterworld Ltd has donated to the LibDems and Greens as well as to the Labour Party – and was a founding donor to Blairite former Home Secretary David Blunkett’s LabourTomorrow anti-Corbyn vehicle set up in 2016
Other donors include former LibDem election agent Mark Glover and John Mills, who chaired ‘Labour Leave’ – which donated £18,500 to UKIP.
Nandy is considered the least likely to win the contest and so the level of financial support for her has been accordingly low. But her list provides a strong hint of why Keir Starmer has repeatedly dodged providing any information about donors to his campaign until a large portion of votes in the contest have been cast.
As the leading hope of the Labour right, his donations are likely to be both larger and far more numerous – and, judging by his reticence to disclose them, also likely to be highly unpalatable to the party’s left from which he hopes to draw enough support to get him over the finish line in April.
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