Party Funding

The public will have another opportunity to comment on the bill after it is tabled on Thursday.
The R150m allocated to political parties is a 'pittance' says ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.
This proposal is one obvious example of a sweetheart deal for corporations and wealthy donors. It is business-as-usual for establishment forces, who are empowered by this kind of policy that may be of interest to some Conservative Party donors, but which is certainly not in the interest of our democracy.
Changing how parties are funded isn't the sort of this which should be done by a government to its opposition. So democracy campaigners were pleased to welcome a key report on the Trade Union Bill on Wednesday - a Bill which as it stands would do just that.
Tory plans to slash Labour’s cash from trade unions are facing a last-ditch Parliamentary ambush that would block any changes
The SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell The SDLP would also suffer. Dr Alasdair McDonnell, SDLP leader and MP for South Belfast, told
On Wednesday the Electoral Reform Society released polling by BMG showing that 77% of the public think big donors have too much influence over our parties. And on the same day, Peers heeded the public by voting to set up a cross-party committee on party funding reform.
The issue of how our parties are funded is at the core of Parliamentary democracy. Today, peers in the House of Lords are debating a major change to the current system in the Trade Union Bill that's currently going through Parliament.
The Government is pushing a Trade Union Bill through parliament. It's a really nasty piece of legislation that has two aims - to give free reign to employers by rendering strike action ineffective, and to stifle political opposition by slashing trade union political funds.
If it goes on like this, pretty soon there won't be anyone left to vote for. Practically everyone who is an MP, and many who have only thought of becoming one, are currently suspended, pending an investigation into their willingness to accept money from shady sources.