Which Bristol Mayoral candidates in 2012 were given a sum of money by the Port of Bristol to help with their election expenses
steve virgin made this Freedom of Information request to First Corporate Shipping Limited
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Dear First Corporate Shipping Limited,
We know that during the Bristol City Council Mayoral Elections of 2012 the Port of Bristol made donations to several Mayoral election candidates to help with their election expenses.
1) Can you confirm this statement as being true or false?
2) Which candidates were they?
3) When did they receive their donation to election expenses?
3) Did all the candidates receive a donation of £10,000 or were some offered more than others?
4) If any of these Mayoral Election candidate expense donations were subsequently 'paid back' when did this happen and can you provide evidential records (emails, bank acknowledgement etc) that this did really happen
Many thanks in advance for your kind cooperation
Dear Mr Virgin
Thank you for your FOI request. The Freedom of Information Act does not apply to First Corporate Shipping as it is a private company, however the information you have requested is largely already available in the public domain so to help you we have compiled the details below.
First Corporate Shipping made donations to the following:
£500 - Bristol Manifesto Ltd
£2000 - Bristol North West Conservative Association
£2000 - Bristol Liberal Democrats
£2000 - Labour South West
These donations were all made around August/September 2012 in order to support the democratic process to elect Bristol’s first directly elected Mayor. First Corporate Shipping offered a donation of £2000 to Bristol 1st but Bristol 1st did not accept the donation.
Director of Communications
The Bristol Port Company
0117 982 0000
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