Speaking amid the "swivel-eyed loon" row, the former Conservative deputy chairman and donor Lord Ashcroft has said the political priorities of party members do not always match those of the people the Tories need if the party is to win.
Tory peer and billionaire Lord Ashcroft is to pledge at least half of his £1.2bn fortune to charity, according to newspaper reports.
He will join a philanthropic movement led by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, America’s two richest men, according to The Sunday Times.
The former Tory treasurer will next month sign up to the Giving Pledge, a public commitment by billionaires to give away the majority of their wealth.
Lord Ashcroft has given the party £10m but will not help to fund its general election campaign.
A peer who spent £10m of his own money funding the Conservative party has declared he will withhold his funding for the next general election campaign, reports the Sunday Times.
Lord Ashcroft, whose funding played a key role in Tory efforts to in marginal seats during the 2010 general election, has told friends he is not willing to donate further for a new Conservative party campaign.