Tories must return Frank Hester donations

Frank Hester's comments have no place in the 21st century.

The Tory party must immediately return donations from millionaire Frank Hester, who donated £10 million to the party in 2023. 

Media reports have accused Mr Hester of making a series of “vile” statements, which the Scottish Greens equality spokesperson, Maggie Chapman, has said have “no place in the 21st century let alone anywhere near a government”.

Maggie Chapman MSP said: “These comments are truly vile. They are bigoted and misogynistic, and they are racist. They have no place in the 21st century, let alone anywhere near a government.

“It is shameful that Tory Ministers are rolling out their pathetic excuses and trying to defend these awful outbursts. The Tories must immediately return his donations and ensure that they don’t take another penny from him in the future. 

“This isn’t just about Frank Hester, however. It is also about the Prime Minister’s judgement and his integrity. If he keeps the money it will tell us everything we need to know about him and his party.

Ms Chapman added: “We need to make big changes to a broken system that is allowing extremely wealthy men to bankroll political parties and secure influence.”