Aidan Heavey is the CEO and founder of Tullow Oil.
He was a UK Conservative Party donor between 2007- 2010.
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.'
Letter to the Telegraph
On 1 April 2015 Heavey was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.
- Michael Gove 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)
Gove also 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) 
- Conservative Party Electoral Commission records also show that Heavey gave £10,000 to the Tories just before the 2010 UK general election, and another £10,000 six months afterwards.
£ 10,000.00 Conservative Party C0025131 accepted 15/04/2010 £ 10,000.00 Conservative Party C0026813 accepted 26/10/2010
- The Tory 100: captains of industry, party donors (and a few tax avoiders) Guardian, 1 April 2015, accessed 2 April 2015.
- Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 2 April 2015.
- as recorded in Register of Members Financial Interests as at 6 September 2010