Theresa May’s Conservatives have received over £60,000 from a former Bullingdon Boy whose Tory treasurer dad funded his membership and his university’s Tory association.
Donation records reveal that the Conservatives have received £61,250 from Hon George T Farmer since the start of 2017. The sons of members of the House of Lords can choose to put the prefix “Honourable” before their name. Young George Thomas Farmer has evidently chosen to do so, inheriting the title from his father, city financier and former Tory treasurer Lord Michael Farmer.
During his time at Oxford University, George Farmer was a member of the notorious Bullingdon Club, during which time its members were accused of “going on the rampage” at a hotel hosting one of their dinners. Farmer also took the helm at Oxford’s Conservative Association, itself notorious for holding a debate where a female student was told to “get back in the kitchen” and “go back to washing the dishes” during his tenure. Farmer’s membership of both organisations were said to have been funded by his father.
These days George Farmer sits next to his father at the top of his Red Kite Capital business which invests in mining operations around the world. He should feel right at home, as his father is reported to have hired another former Bullingdon Boy, Marks & Spencer heir the Hon Michael Marks.
The donations undermine Theresa May’s attempts to distance herself from accusations of elitism and snobbery levelled at her party under David Cameron, who as well as being a Bullingdon Boy himself, led a Cabinet half of which was privately schooled and contained what Michael Gove called a “preposterous” number of Old Etonians.