MP opposes public funding for political parties
26th March 2012
Anne Main calls for reassurance that the Government will not pursue any move towards public funding for political parties.
Mrs Anne Main (St Albans) (Con): I hope the Minister will stick to his resolve not to pick the public’s pocket on raising any levy for political parties, just as constituents of mine have expressed annoyance that the unions pick their pockets and all the funding is used to support the Labour party, despite their political allegiance.
Mr Maude: I very much agree with my hon. Friend. We will remain absolutely resolute on that. I just hope that the time will come before long when the Labour party realises that being in the pockets of the trade union movement is no way for a grown-up party to behave.