- Conservatives £ 5,138,850
- Labour party £ 2,621,952
- Liberal Democrats £ 960,898
- Conservatives £ 6,897,552
- Labour Party £ 11,553,280
- Liberal Democrats £ 523,171
To put these numbers in the context of that valiant little fighter, the Green Party, we have no "loans" and received £ 43,000 in donations (plus ten thousand more if you include the Scottish Green Party, to compare like with like). That's a twentieth of the funds of the Lib Dems.
Now let's look at the ten largest political donors for 2008 (by party);
- Unite - AMICUS section £2,591,741
- Lord David Sainsbury £2,511,808
- UNISON £1,780,122
- GMB £1,368,873
- Unite - TGWU section £1,364,175
- Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers £1,111,049
- Joanne Rowling £1,000,000
- Bearwood Corporate Services £1,600,893
- National Conservative Draws Society £836,801
- David Whelan £750,000
Other news of interest: what on Earth are the English Democrats doing with a £ 101,447 debt hanging over them? Gambling on electoral successes that never came? A new pool for their leader? This only compares to the £ 100,000 debt for the Progressive Party - and I've no idea who they are! Money well spent I hope.
ps I have removed a silly inaccuracy that was helpfully pointed out in the comments.