Cheesy campaign wins support

Mr Mozzarella at the Corby By-election count.
Mr Mozzarella at the Corby By-election count.

Mr Mozzarella, who stood for The Don’t Cook Party in the Corby by-election, received more than £70,000 in donations.

Figures released by the Electoral Commission show that the chef was given £72,000 by an online food ordering company, which works out at about £1,000 per vote.

The “Italian chef”, who jet-packed into Corby to drum up support for his campaign to get people to stop cooking and order a takeawy instead, was a colourful addition to the by-election campaign, won by Labour’s Andy Sawford.

The figures from the Electoral Commission show that during the last three months of 2012 the Conservatives received £3,309,109 in donations, Labour £2,592,885 and the Liberal Democrats £570,959.

The Conservatives received the most in donations in 2012, pulling in £13.80 million, down from £14.23 million in 2011, while Labour got £12.04 million, up from £11.96 million. The Lib Dems lagged behind, only receiving £2.48 million, down from £4.16 million in 2011.