Tory leadership race: How much will hustings cost – are taxpayers footing the bill?

Posted on Jun 25 2019 - 9:08pm by admin

Tory leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are facing hustings as the race entered its next stage this weekend. The series of in total 16 hustings kicked off this weekend as the two Tory MPs travelled to Birmingham. The hustings will continue until July 17, and members of the wider Conservative party will receive postal ballot papers around July 7-8 to vote for their next leader and Prime Minister of the UK.

How much will Tory leadership hustings cost?

The final two candidates need to pay £150,000 each to fund hustings around the country, the Conservative Party has said.

This will be in addition to their individual campaign costs, which are capped at £150,000 for the duration of the contest.

And the two Prime Minister hopefuls are said to be travelling in style as they campaign around the nation.

READ MORE: Tory leader race: When are the next hustings?

According to the BBC, Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt will travel around the UK in helicopters.

BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg tweeted last week: “While we wait for the result at one, in leadership contest news, there will be not one but two helicopters for the candidates to get around the country to different hustings – paid for out of the cash the final 2 have to raise and give to the party.”

In total, 16 leadership hustings have been planned across the UK.

The two frontrunners have both received significant donations from supporters, including a £50,000 donation to Mr Johnson from hedge fund manager Jonathan Wood and Lord Bamford, the chairman of JCB.

Meanwhile, Mr Hunt has received donations from Andrew Law, a hedge fund manager, and Nadey Hakim, a transplant surgeon.

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