Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the Tories and DUP to explain their links to the shadowy Conservative Research Council after it emerged that it had also donated to money to a Tory Brexit minister. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“When it was exposed that the DUP received £435,000 from a shadowy group called the Conservative Research Council to fund its lavish EU referendum campaign it raised serious questions that remain to be answered. 

“Now it has been revealed that a new Tory minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union, Steve Baker, also received a donation of £6,500 from this mysterious group. 

“It appears he used this money for hospitality for a group called the European Research Group, an organisation which is also reported to include DUP members. 

“The public is entitled to answers about who this group is, where the money comes from, and why they are funding both the DUP and the leading Tory Brexit ministers. 

“This is an organisation that could potentially have influence at the highest levels of government and there is a responsibility on both the DUP and the Tories to explain where this money came from and what their relationship is to this shadowy group.”