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Bequest takes Tory donations to £4.8m

A BEQUEST to the Tories worth almost £770,000 was among more than £4.8 million received in donations by David Cameron's party in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The money left by Violet Baker led to reports of a family rift, with her sister-in-law claiming the bequest was made out of "spite".

Labour received £3,162,980 in donations over the same period -- including £836,875 from trade union Unite - and the LibDems £1,311,824.

Ukip received donations worth £270,955 in the last three months of 2013, taking their total for the year to £654,162 - more than double the £314,410 received by Nigel Farage's party in 2012.

The Electoral Commission figures show a total of £9,935,682 was donated to political parties in the final quarter of 2013, along with £1,972,750 in public funds.

Movement for Change - the campaigning organisation initiated by former foreign secretary David Miliband - was fined £5500 by the Electoral Commission for accepting donations from Lord David Sainsbury, who was not on the electoral register at the time.

The Blairite campaign group Progress was also fined £6000 for the same breach.

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