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Labour Has Received More Than £1 Million From A Company Accused Of Designing Tax Avoidance Schemes

And if you include public funds, Labour received more donations in the last quarter of 2014 than any other party.

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That figure goes up to £24 million when you include money from public funds, which are allocated largely to opposition parties based on their results in the last general election.

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At which point it becomes apparent that Labour in fact received more money in donations in the last quarter of 2014 than any other party.

In Wales, Plaid Cymru seems to have received no donations, with all of its £19,400 in declared funding coming from the public purse. But as parties are not required to declare donations under £7,500, we can't be sure.

Particularly embarrassing for Labour will be the revelation that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a company that was accused of facilitating "industrial scale" tax avoidance, was its biggest private donor.

The giant accounting firm gave the equivalent of £386,605 to the party in terms of its staff's time.

PwC was accused in a report by the public accounts committee of devising "complex strategies and contrived structures" to help big firms reduce their tax bills. It also signed off on the accounts of Tesco, Northern Rock, and other controversial firms.

Margaret Hodge, the committee's chairwoman and a Labour MP, said earlier this month that it was "inappropriate" that such a firm seconded staff to Labour in order to help draw up the details of its policies.

Over this course of this parliament, PwC has now donated the equivalent of more than £1 million in employees' time.

This appears to make it the party's second largest private donor after John Mills, the businessman who gave the party £1,647,500 in January 2013.

The three biggest political donors were all Labour-supporting unions, as this chart shows.

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When payments to central and local Labour parties are combined, Unison, Unite, the GMB, and USDAW gave £4,606,265.63 between them. Arron Banks gave multiple donations to UKIP both personally and via his firm Rock Services Ltd, which we have also amalgamated.

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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