Tullow Oil

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Tullow Oil is an oil company with investments in some 15 African countries.[1]


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.'[2]

Lobbying and PR firms

Political donations

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) [4]

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)


  1. Ed Upright, Sunderland’s Deal Raises Eyebrows, New York Times, 1 August 2012.
  2. The Tory 100: captains of industry, party donors (and a few tax avoiders) Guardian, 1 April 2015, accessed 2 April 2015.
  3. APPC Register Entry for 1 Sep 2011 to 30 Nov 2011
  4. as recorded in Register of Members Financial Interests as at 6 September 2010