Rocco Forte

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Rocco Forte, Source: Rocco Forte Hotels

Rocco Giovanni Forte (born January 1945)[1] is a multi-millionaire hotelier and has been a donor to the Conservative Party[2] since at least the early nineties. He also gives financial backing to the Taxpayers' Alliance.[3]

Vote Leave donor

The Electoral Commission's register shows Forte donated £12,000 on 24 March 2016 to the Vote Leave campaign, the lead group campaigning to persuade British voters to leave the European Union in a UK referendum on 23 June 2016. [4]

Forte is listed as a supporter of the Open Europe think tank, which states that it has a neutral position on the EU referendum despite its longstanding Eurosceptic stance and push for EU reform.

Donations

Recorded by the Electoral Commission:

Date Name of donor Amount Donated to
18/06/2001 Sir Rocco Forte £2,500.00 The Rt Hon Michael Portillo MP
28/08/2002 Mr Rocco Forte £1,500.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
28/02/2002 Mr Rocco Forte £5,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
03/12/2003 Rocco Forte £400.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
03/12/2003 Mr Rocco Forte £5,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
08/04/2005 Sir Rocco Forte Ltd £10,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
10/04/2007 Sir Rocco Forte Limited £10,000.00 Scottish Voice
13/05/2015 Sir Rocco Forte Limited £2,500.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
24/03/2016 Rocco Forte £12,000.00 Vote Leave
04/05/2016 Rocco Forte £30,000.00 Vote Leave
[5]

Affiliations

Conservative Party | Taxpayers' Alliance | Bruges Group[6] | Open Europe (Advisory board member)[7]

Notes

  1. Rocco Giovanni Forte, 'Companies House', Accessed 7/10/1986
  2. Lisa Buckingham, OUTLOOK: FORTE LOOKS FOR DOLLAR BOOKINGS, the Guardian, 2-October-1992
  3. Robert Booth, Front: Politics: Big money alliance at heart of the low tax campaign: Taxpayers Alliance portrays itself as voice of the people, but where does its £1m funding come from?, the Guardian, 10-October-2009
  4. Electoral Commissions, Donor Search, accessed 13 May 2016
  5. Electoral Commission, Rocco Forte Donation Search, accessed 17 June 2016
  6. Mary Ann Sieghart, The twin angry men behind outburst against Major, the Times, 12-April-1991
  7. Open Europe Board, June 2016, OpenEurope, accessed 15 June 2016