David Cameron faced demands for an independent inquiry into "cash-for-access" allegations after the Conservative Party released a list of wealthy donors, who had attended private meals hosted by the Prime Minister.
The Tories issued a list of people who had donated more than £50,000 and attended dinners at Number 10 or Chequers, they are:
- Former Conservative Party treasurer Michael Spencer and his wife - May 31, 2010. Lunch at Chequers.
- Lord Ashcroft and his wife - June 6, 2010. Chequers.
- David Rowland and his wife - August 8, 2010. Chequers.
- Fares Fares and his wife - November 7, 2011. Chequers.
- Howard Leigh and his wife - February 6, 2011. Chequers.
- David Rowland, his wife and Andrew Feldman - February 28, 2011. Downing Street flat.
- A charity fundraiser in aid of Mencap and three smaller charities in aid of disabled children, attended by both Labour and Conservative donors. October 15, 2011. Chequers.
- Henry and Dorothy Angest, Michael Farmer and his wife and Ian Taylor and his wife, for a "social dinner for strong and long term supporters of the party, with whom the PM has a strong relationship". Downing Street flat. November 2, 2011.
- Michael Spencer and partner for what is said to have been a "social dinner". February 27, 2012. Downing Street flat.
The Conservative Party also confirmed that on July 14 2010, a "thank-you dinner" following the general election was attended by:
- Anthony Bamford of JCB
- Michael Hintze, hedge fund tycoon
- Murdoch MacLennan (not a donor), Telegraph Media Group chief executive
- Lord Sainsbury, Tory peer
- Sir Paul Ruddock, Lansdowne Partners chief executive
- Mike Farmer, City financier
- Michael Freeman and his wife
The Prime Minister has come under pressure after former Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas was caught on film telling a Sunday Times reporter that "premier league" gifts could secure meetings with ministers and influence policy.
Mr Cameron insisted that none of those who had dined with him were had been recommended by Mr Cruddas.
– David Cameron
None of these dinners were fundraising dinners and none of these dinners were paid for by the taxpayer. I have known most of those attending for many years."
The Prime Minister announced that Tory peer Lord Gold would conduct a party inquiry into the affair and that the Conservative's would in future release quarterly registers of significant donors invited to eat with him at official residences.
– David Cameron
From now on, the Conservative Party will publish details every quarter of any meals attended by any major donors, whether they take place at Downing Street, Chequers, or any other official residence."
This scandal speaks to the conduct and character of this Prime Minister and his Government
– Ed Miliband, Labour leader
Anything short of an independent inquiry will leave a permanent stain on the reputation of this Government and this Prime Minister."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also released a list of Liberal Democrat donors who had lunch or dinner at his official residence.
Aides to Chancellor George Osborne said he had not entertained any major donors at his Downing Street residence.