Open Democracy article exposes industry links of donors who gave tens of thousands to his leadership campaign
Earlier this month, Skwawkbox covered the appalling – and electorally damaging – call by Labour and Keir Starmer for a ban on climate protests affecting oil facilities – and on any protests affecting UK roads. The move would also criminalise workers in the industry striking for fair pay.
Now, an article by Caroline Molloy on the Open Democracy website has revealed the extensive links with the motor industry of two of Starmer’s biggest donors.
Starmer received £50,000 from Trevor Chinn, the former boss of the RAC, the AA and Kwikfit – along with traffic information company ITIS. Chinn also invested in the UK’s largest car club operator and a huge car fleet company. Chinn was one of the donors Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves failed to declare according to parliamentary rules and according to the electoral commission has also donated to deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner and front-benchers Wes Streeting, David Lammy and Steve Reed.
Starmer also took £25,000 from Martin Clarke, who was chief financial officer of the AA before returning to his “twin passions of private investing and politics”. Clarke has also funded right-wing pressure group Progress and gave more than £37,000 to Shadow Home Seretary Yvette Cooper.