UK political party secret donors are mainly Jewish
*** The UK Conservative party has been forced to release a list of donors, most of whom are wealthy Jewish families. The two leading British political parties succeeded in concealing the names of most of their donors by quickly paying back the loans when the police investigation began. Many of the secret donors whose names were leaked have been found to have received influence and favours in return, and the cases which were uncovered are now the subject of a criminal investigation. ***
Conservative lenders unveiled
The Conservative Party has published a list of wealthy individuals and companies to whom it owes £15.95m in total.
Johan Eliasch - £2.6m
Chairman and chief executive of sporting goods manufacturer Head and former deputy treasurer of the Conservative Party. On the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice, a think-tank set up by former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith.
Lord Ashcroft - £3.6m
Party treasurer from 1998 to 2001, under William Hague. Ranked 54th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2005, with an estimated personal wealth of £797m.
Lord Laidlaw - £3.5m
Businessman and founder of the Institute for International Research, who received a peerage in 2004. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2005, Scotland's sixth richest man, with an estimated wealth of £498m.
Michael Hintze - £2.5m
A former Australian army officer. His London-based hedge fund firm, CQS Management, made about £60m last year.
Lord Steinberg - £250,000
Founder and chairman of Stanley Leisure casino group. Awarded a peerage in 2004.
Henry Angest - £550,000
Investment banker and former director of the Institute of Directors, and a member of the Court of the Guild of International Bankers. Donates and loans money to the Conservatives through City firms Flowidea and Wyler Investments. Estimated wealth at least £30m.
Dame Vivien Duffield - £250,000
Chairman of the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and a Governor of the Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet School.
Alan Lewis - £100,000
Former chairman of the CBI Initiative for Europe.
Graham Facks-Martin - £50,000
Retired farmer and Conservative councillor.
Lady Victoria de Rothschild - £1m
A party treasurer from 2001 until 2006.
Raymond Richards (deceased) - £1m
Charles Wigoder - £100,000
Chief executive of Telecom Plus and governor of the North London Collegiate School
Cringle Corporation - £450,000
Manchester-based estate agency business
BBC News, "Conservative lenders unveiled", 31 March 2006.