THE Co-operative Party received over £ 200,000 of donations in the second quarter of this year, according to the Electoral Commission.
From 1 April to 30 June the party received £ 215,237 from co-operative societies compared to £ 63,087 in the first quarter of 2003.
Around £ 200,000 was received by the party's London head office and £ 10,120 was donated to the Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester (OSG) Party Council from OSG Society.
The Co-operative Group gave £ 144,185.22; Midlands Co-op £ 24,036.97; OSG Co-op £ 9,083.52; Anglia Co-op £ 9,074.40; Southern Co-operatives £ 6,751.26; and Colchester & East Essex Co-op £ 5,986.10.
Co-operatives UK also provided a non-cash donation of £ 6,000 for the provision of administrative services.
Labour Party donations added up to £ 3,114,447 with £ 26,475 received from the Co-operative Party. Funds were provided to the Labour Party's head offices in London and Scotland, along with donations to support Co-op MSPs standing for election in the Scottish Parliament in May.
Donations were handed out in support of Labour/Co-op MSPs in Dunfermline East, Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley, Glasgow Anniesland, Kirkcaldy and Midlothian.
Shop-workers union Usdaw gave over £ 200,000 to the Labour Party.