DAVID Cameron’s exclusive dinner club for wealthy backers has brought in £840,000 for Tory funds, party figures reveal.
His top 20 backers gave the cash — A THIRD of all donations to the party — over a three-month spell this summer, after invites to swish events with the PM.
Each benefactor is part of the elite “Leader’s Group”, which entitles them to attend dinner with the PM and senior figures, lunch after Commons questions and VIP receptions. There is a £50,000 joining fee.
Biggest donor was City financier Michael Farmer who gave £525,000 between July and September, having previously handed over £2.5million. Chancellor George Osborne also attended the suppers.
Mr Cameron apologised earlier this year after a fundraiser quit for bragging a big donation could get dinner with the PM.
The Leader’s Group events are all within the rules.
But Labour vice-chair Michael Dugher slammed Mr Cameron, saying: “It’s the same old cash for access.”
Man dies in tragic Butlins balcony fall
A 23-YEAR-old man has died after falling from a Butlins hotel balcony.
The man, named as Timothy Wall, fell in the early hours of today at the holiday camp in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Sussex Police spokesman said the next-of-kin of Mr Wall, from St Leonards, Dorset, had been informed.
He said: “The death is being treated as unexplained but it is not being considered as suspicious.”
He added that a post-mortem examination would be carried out on the body to establish a cause of death and the coroner had been informed.
Top article written by David Wooding, associate political editor of The Sun, and sub edited by myself.
Originally published in The Sun on Sunday November 25 2012.