Ginsters boss donates £100,000 to Tories after 'pasty gate'

Stat of the day: £100,000. The amount that Mark Samworth, founder of cold pasty empire Ginsters , donated to the Conservative Party just weeks after the pasty tax was announced.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

This is according to data from the Electoral Commission, detailing the latest round of donations. At the end of last month, just as the dust settled on pasty-gate (which added 20% VAT to the previously exempt baked pasty) Samworth's cheque landed.

But before we let out imaginations run away with us - as the labour has with its croes of 'cash for policies' - it's worth noting that he makes a similar donation, around the same time, every year. And that Ginsters had joined the protest against the pasty tax by signing the Cornish Pasty Association petition to bin the new legislation.That, despite the fact that Ginsters pasties are all to be found in the VAT-free cool section...

In a statement following the EC report, Ginsters said: 'The donation was made in a personal capacity and has no connection to the business.' Well, that's that settled then... Even if the image of Mark Samworth, sitting on a doughy throne in a cold pasty kingdom, rubbing his floured hands together in glee is compelling...

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