Theresa May: Here’s How To Build A Democracy That Works For Everyone

If you want to show the public that the country is ‘driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the interests of ordinary, working class people’, then reforming party funding should also be a priority. Parties increasingly rely on large donations from wealthy individuals to fund their election campaigns. This money can buy access to politicians and influence policy, after all, parties have to be careful not to upset those filling their coffers. The Conservative party website advertised that for a donation of £50,000 donors can join the ‘premier support group’, gaining invites to private dinners, post-PMQ lunches, drinks receptions and election events with David Cameron and other senior politicians. The public simply don’t believe that people would be willing to part with so much money without getting something in return.

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