Simon Wolfson

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Simon Adam Wolfson (Lord Wolfson of Apsley Guise, born 27 October 1967) is a British businessman who has donated substantial sums to the Conservative Party. He is currently chief executive of the clothing retailer Next and is the son of former Next chairman David Wolfson.


Wolfson was appointed a Conservative peer in May 2010.[1]

He has been a trustee of the right-wing think tank Policy Exchange since 2 December 2008. He is a trustee of The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust,[2] (set up by his father David and his grandfather Charles Wolfson) which funds Policy Exchange and Civitas.

He married Tory special adviser Ellie Shawcross (Eleanor Wolfson) in June 2012.[3]

Wolfson is also an advisory board member of the eurosceptic think-tank Open Europe. [4]

Donations to the Conservative Party

The table below shows Simon Wolfson's donations to the Conservative Party registered with the Electoral Commission as at 19 January 2015. The donations listed amounts totalling £417,350 plus an additional £10,000 to David Cameron during his Conservative Party leadership campaign.

He also donated £50,000 on 24 May 2016 to Vote Leave, the campaign group which successfully persuaded the British people to withdraw from the European Union at the polls on 23 June 2016. [5]

Received by Date accepted Donations
David Cameron, leadership campaign 18 August 2005 £10,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 19 January 2006 £50,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 14 August 2006 £4,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 22 January 2007 £60,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 13 December 2007 £54,250
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 5 December 2008 £60,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 14 May 2009 £6,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 11 November 2009 £4,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 11 March 2010 £55,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 16 September 2010 £10,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 21 March 2011 £42,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 09 June 2011 £1,600
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 24 August 2011 £6,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 09 March 2012 £22,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 28 May 2012 £8,500
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 15 July 2013 £8,500
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 10 October 2013 £10,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 11 November 2009 £4,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Westminster North 02 April 2014 £2,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 11 September 2014 £1,000
Conservative Party, Conservative Central Office 11 September 2014 £8,500
[6]



External resources

Notes

  1. Peerages, honours and appointments, number10.gov.uk, 28 May 2010.
  2. Screengrab of Charity Commission, The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust > Contact & trustees, created 8 July 2010
  3. Next’s Lord Wolfson ties the knot, Retail Week, 28 June 2012.
  4. Open Europe Board, June 2016, OpenEurope, accessed 15 June 2016
  5. Electoral Commission Vote Leave Donor Search, accessed 24 June 2016
  6. Simon Wolfson donations Charity Commission, accessed 19 January 2015