Peter de Putron

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Peter de Putron is a banker who lives in Guernsey and is the brother-in-law of the former UK financial services minister and now energy minister Andrea Leadsom. He is the founder of De Putron Fund Management.

He has donated £816,000 to the Conservative Party since Leadsom first successfully ran for parliament at the 2010 election. [1]

Donations

Donations were made to his sister-in-law Andrea Leadsom directly through UK-registered companies controlled by de Putron: Gloucester Research, which changed its name to GR Software & Research, then to Trenchant, and now trades under yet another name, G-Research. Leadsom's husband, Ben Leadsom, is a director.[1]

Before being elected Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire in 2010, Leadsom was Managing Director of De Putron Fund Management between 1997 and 1999.[2] Using data gathered by the Washington-based organisation the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a July 2014 report by The Guardian found that her brother-in-law Peter de Putron had donated £816,000 to the Conservative Party since 2010. [1]

De Putron also made a total of £680,000 in donations to the right-wing think tank Open Europe, channelled through G-research.[1]

Dining with ministers

A seating plan of the Conservative Party's Black and White Ball, in February 2014, was leaked to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in October 2014. The party, which guests pay between £450 and £1000 for a ticket, seats diners with the minister most relevant to them. It revealed that de Putron was sat at a table with Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Health and and Jersey’s Treasury minister, Philip Ouzouf. [3]

Resources

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 David Leigh, James Ball and Leila Haddou, Top Tory has family link with offshore banker who gave party £800,000, The Guardian, 8 July 2014, acc 16 July 2014
  2. ‘LEADSOM, Andrea Jacqueline’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn., Oxford University Press 2013, accessed 9 July 2014.
  3. Melanie Newman, Nick Mathiason and Tom Warren Doorstep lender and property moguls amongst guests worth £22bn at Tory fundraiser Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 12 October 2014, accessed 14 October 2014