Aidan Heavey

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Aidan Heavey is the CEO and founder of Tullow Oil.

He was a UK Conservative Party donor between 2007- 2010.

Influencing politicians

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.'[1]

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.[2]

Political donations

  • 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) [3]
  • 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


  1. The Tory 100: captains of industry, party donors (and a few tax avoiders) Guardian, 1 April 2015, accessed 2 April 2015.
  2. Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 2 April 2015.
  3. as recorded in Register of Members Financial Interests as at 6 September 2010