Burnham laps up donations as Cooper bankrolled by author and Kendall takes lobbyist cash
Andy Burnham has received £130,000 of private donations to his campaign to be leader of the Labour party, with one of the largest sums coming from a prominent NHS whistle blower.
Burnham was given £20,000 by Dr Gabriel Scally who resigned as regional director of public health for the south-west of England in 2012.
The Burham campaign has also taken £20,000 from the renewable energy firm Ecotricity Group, according to records just published. The firm is owned by Dale Vince, who made considerable donations to Labour while Ed Miliband was leader.
The shadow health secretary has received the most donations of all four leadership candidates, followed by Yvette Cooper who has been given a total of £81,500 in recent weeks.
Cooper’s campaign to be leader of the Labour party is being bankrolled by millionaire author Ken Follet and his wife Barbrara, a former Labour MP, who have given £50,000.
Liz Kendall has received a total of £36,500 to support her leadership campaign.
The donations include £10,000 from Tim Allan, a former aide to Tony Blair who went on to set up the successful lobbying and PR firm Portland Communications.
Labour peer Clive Hollick has also donated £10,000 to Kendall to help her leadership bid, while former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has handed over £4,000. Kendall is a former special adviser to Hewitt.
Jeremy Corbyn has not listed any donations specifically to support his Labour leadership campaign in the latest Register of Member’s Interests.