Ron Dennis is the group CEO of Formula One racing team McLaren International.
After obtaining backing from tobacco company Marlboro, Denis merged with McLaren in 1980 to form McLaren International. The team were the dominant team in 1980s and won many titles. Dennis stepped down as McLaren team principal in 2009 and was replaced by Martin Whitmarsh. After a short break from the sport, Dennis returned to McLaren as group CEO in 2014 and his first act was to remove Whitmarsh from his role and replace him with rivals Lotus' Eric Boullier.
Letter to the Telegraph
On 1 April 2015 Dennis 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.
Recorded by the Electoral Commission:
|Date||Name of donor||Amount||Donated to||Subsidiary (parties only)|
|22/04/2005||Ronald Dennis||£50,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|23/02/2006||Ronald Dennis||£9,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|24/09/2008||Ronald Dennis||£1,500.00||Conservative Party||Woking|
|10/08/2009||Ronald Dennis||£2,000.00||Conservative Party||Woking|
|£28,700.00||Ronald Dennis||£28,700.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|09/06/2010||Ronald Dennis||£5,000.00||Conservative Party||Woking|
|16/06/2011||Ronald Dennis||£30,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
|27/07/2012||Ronald Dennis||£25,000.00||Conservative Party||Central Party|
- ESPN Ron Dennis, accessed 2 April 2015.
- Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 2 April 2015.
- Electoral Commission, Donation Search, accessed 2 April 2015.