The funding of political parties has proved to be a near-constant source of scandal and intrigue in the UK over the past twenty years. Scarcely a few months can go by without another story of undue influence and misplaced favours. In this world big businessmen, eccentric loners, fraudsters and dodgy wheeler-dealers rub shoulders with some of the most senior politicians in the country.
Based on new research and extensive interviews, this book provides an extensive investigation into party donors and funding. It traces the history of the scandals that have highlighted the difficulties with the system, and examines the problems with the current arrangements. As well as uncovering new abuses, it also delves deeper into the system, looking at what drives the key players and shows that, without reform, the scandals will continue.
Bobby Friedman was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he gained a 1st and was President of the Union. He has worked as a journalist for the BBC for a number of years, appearing on TV and radio, most notably as a presenter/investigative reporter for the current affairs programme “Spotlight” on BBC1 NI. He has also worked as a producer, both for BBC Live Political Programmes and BBC Newsnight, where he was part of the team shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Award for an investigation into the cost of translation services.
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