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Friday, 7 September, 2001, 15:04 GMT 16:04 UK
Latest Tory contest donors revealed
Sir Denis Thatcher with Jim Davidson at last year's Conservative Party conference
Davidson has given 5,000 to Duncan Smith's campaign
Comedian Jim Davidson lines up against the businessman behind Bob the Builder in the latest lists of those bank-rolling the two Conservative leadership campaigns.

Mr Davidson has given 5,000 to the campaign of Iain Duncan Smith, whom he described as a "very, very caring man".

On the Clarke side stands Peter Orton, executive chairman of HIT Entertainment - which owns the rights to the cartoon character and his "Can he fix it?" catchphrase.

Mr Orton's 10,000 donation is listed in the latest update of funding lists published by the Electoral Commission.

Eurosceptic millionaire Lord Harris of Peckham is among Mr Clarke's other financial backers, giving 2,500, a sum matched by his wife, Lady Harris.

'Winning Labour donors'

The largest donation listed is the 25,000 given by Nat Puri, a publishing chief and cigarette paper manufacturer, as well as being a Labour donor.

Bob the Builder
The businessman behind Bob the Builder backs Clarke
A spokesman for Mr Clarke, whose deputy-chairmanship of British American Tobacco has proved controversial, denied the donation suggested his campaign was being funded by the cigarette industry.

"Mr Puri has a broad range of interests and does not represent the cigarette industry.

"I think Tony Blair will be quaking in his boots that Mr Clarke is winning over Labour supporters."

Mr Davidson's donation was welcomed by the Duncan Smith camp.

A spokesman for the shadow defence secretary said: "We are very grateful for this donation from a true Conservative supporter."

The comedian himself said he had got to know Mr Duncan Smith "quite well".

"He is a very, very caring man. I have never been a fan of Ken's, I don't agree with what he stands for."

The host of BBC One's The Generation Game explained he thought Mr Clarke was "too old" to be Tory leader.

"I'm very worried about Europe, not just losing the pound but about losing control," he added.

The full list of donors published by the Electoral Commission includes:

Kenneth Clarke (updated 6 September):

  • Saunders & Tutton Ltd 7,500

  • Kenneth Costa 2,000

  • Lord Phillip Harris of Peckham 2,500

  • Lady Harris of Peckham 2,500

  • Sir Geoffrey Leigh 5,000

  • Peter Orton 10,000

  • Nat Puri 25,000

  • Andrew Rosenfeld 10,000

  • Sir Nigel Rudd 2,500

  • Lady Rudd 2,500

  • Sir Patrick Sheehy 1,500

    Iain Duncan Smith (updated 31 August)

  • JCB Research 10,000

  • John Frieda Products 20,000

  • Peter C. Baker 2,000

  • J.C. Davidson 5,000

  • Den Dover 2,000

  • Lord James Edward Hanson 5,000

  • Mike Hargrove 5,000

  • Sir Harold Stanley Kalms 5,000

  • John William Leavesly 5,000

  • James Thomas Leavesly 5,000

  • John D. Spurling 5,000

  • Eric Wright 15,000

  • Greville Patrick C. Howard 6,250

  • Charles Anthony Pearson 1,733
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