Second former Tory donor backs 'Independent Group'

A former Tory donor and owner of London's plimlico plumbers, Charlie Mullins has donated to the new "Independent Group" of MPs in parliament.

Mullins previously indicated he would donate to the group, and The Red Robin has confirmed that this donation was made.

The staunchly anti-Brexit millionaire abandoned May's Conservatives over their handling of the UK's exit from the EU, but previously praised the appointment of "Thatcherite" Sajid Javid as Home Secretary.

The Independent Group was formed earlier in 2019 after several Labour MPs including Chuka Umunna and Mike Gapes resigned the whip but refused to call by elections.

The Labour right wingers were later joined by several pro-EU Tories, including Anna Soubry, who was a supporter of some of the Conservative government's most controversial policies such as Welfare cuts.

Speaking in April 2018, Plimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins praised Sajid Javid as the "real deal" when he was appointed home secretary.

"A working class son of a Pakistani bus driver, with a real working class work ethic, who's a Thatcherite former Business Secretary, with banking industry experience, and what's more, is a man who has a habit of doing what he promises to do," he wrote on his blog.

The plumbing giant said previously that he planned to donate thousands to the new group, formed of breakaway Labour and Tory MPs such as Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry, and a representative of Mullins confirmed this donation had now been made.

Writing in February, Mullins said he would do anything to prevent Brexit.

No fan of Theresa May, he also wrote on his website that the Prime Minister reminded him of the former Libyan dictator Muammar Al Gathafi in her most recent Downing Street address.

Mullins donation is expected to help the Independent Group establish their political operation as they seek to hire a team of spin doctors and political organisers.

One of the former Labour MP involved, Chris Leslie, said the opeeation needed to quickly "tool up".

The group has also welcomed donations from others, including a former banker and a property tycoon.

TIG had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.


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