Richard Desmond, the owner of the Daily Express and Sunday Express, has donated £1 million to UKIP. Desmond, a former donor to the Labour Party, also donated £300,000 to UKIP in 2014.
In a statement Desmond said:
“They are struggling to have a voice. They do not have a massive party machine or highly paid public relations people. They are human; they are not perfect and they do not pretend to be. But what they believe in is the best for the British people. They are the sort of people who will stand up for people who are struggling”.
Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, said:
“I know there are a lot more people out there who agree in private but I hope this public gesture encourages others to follow his example”.