Former Conservative backer Jeremy Hosking named as £200,000 donor to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

Posted On: 
11th May 2019

A businessman who previously backed the Conservatives has donated £200,000 to the Brexit Party, it has been reported.

Jeremy Hosking donated £1.5 million to the Vote Leave campaign in 2016.
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According to the Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Hosking said he was sick of being "taken in" by the Tories' failure to deliver Brexit.

The City financier, who previously gave £350,000 to Tory candidates in the 2017 election, said he knew of “three or four people" who had also made big donations to Nigel Farage's new party.

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The former Ukip leader has been tight-lipped on where its donations have come from, insisting most were small pledges of around £25.

Speaking on Sky News last weekend, Nigel Farage said that a single donor had given more than £100,000 to the party but added that his identity would not be revealed until after the EU elections.

Mr Hosking has claimed that he donated the £200,000 sum over the past “two or three weeks”, with the final sum being provided after the Government confirmed the European Parliament elections were going ahead.

He said: “On a Sunday chat show last weekend it was inferred that I have given £100,000 to the recently formed Brexit Party.

“This is not the case. I have given £200,000 and urge all who wish to see a proper Conservative Party in Britain to support the BP as much as they can.

“If the Conservatives insist on diluting Brexit, what hope is there on other issues where a robust Conservative position needs to be advocated? 

“I apologise to the stormtroopers of the politically correct 'Brexit Reversal Conspiracy' that, inconveniently for them, I am a British citizen and resident taxpayer, not a Russian oligarch. So I am not the ‘droid’ you’re looking for.”

Mr Hosking previously donated £1.5 million to the Vote Leave campaign in 2016 and gave £350,000 to pro-Leave Conservative MPs in the 2017 general election campaign.