Tullow Oil is an oil company with investments in some 15 African countries.
- Aidan Heavey - CEO and founder. Tory party donor
According to the Guardian, British ministers including the then Foreign Secretary William Hague 'lobbied strongly' on behalf of Tullow Oil after it became involved in a tax dispute in Uganda. A spokesperson for Hague said, 'it is part of the government’s duty to support British business and British citizens abroad. This case is no different from any other case in which a British company seeks assistance through a UK embassy.'
Lobbying and PR firms
Michael Gove registered the following donation from Tullow in 2010:
- Name of donor: Tullow Oil plc
- Address of donor: Building 11 Chiswick Park 566 Chiswick High Road London w4 5YS
- Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £10,000
- Donor status: company
- (Registered 26 May 2010) 
Gove also registered an individual donation from Heavey in October 2011 for £12,500.
- Name of donor: Mr Aidan Heavey
- Address of donor: private
- Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £12,500
- Donor status: individual
- (Registered 12 October 2011)
- Ed Upright, Sunderland’s Deal Raises Eyebrows, New York Times, 1 August 2012.
- The Tory 100: captains of industry, party donors (and a few tax avoiders) Guardian, 1 April 2015, accessed 2 April 2015.
- APPC Register Entry for 1 Sep 2011 to 30 Nov 2011
- as recorded in Register of Members Financial Interests as at 6 September 2010