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Interview: Arron Banks—cheque-book democracy

Banks has gone from Ukip donor to Trump tower. Now he wants to use his money to turn the rage of voters on to British politicians of all stripes

By Sam Macrory   January 2017

When it was announced, in September 2014, that Arron Banks was donating £100,000 to Ukip, William Hague dismissed the former Tory donor as “somebody we haven’t heard of.” Furious, Banks upped his donation to £1,000,000. “Now he knows who I am,” the Bristol-based businessman declared. And two years later, Banks was one of the very first Brits to meet President-Elect Donald Trump after his victory. Banks’s political influence and profile have…

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