St Michael has blessed Smith Square with a total of pounds 375,500 since Mrs Thatcher arrived at Number 10 in 1979. And, as the Labour Research Department gleefully points out, the Government has blessed successive M&S chairmen with two peerages and a knighthood during the same period.
M&S, one of the few companies to seek (and get) a mandate from shareholders to make political hand-outs, hedged its bets last year, giving pounds 10,000 to the Liberal Democrats.
But why the apparent snub to the Tories this time? An M&S spokeswoman remains sphinx-like throughout the third-degree from Bunhill, except to insist it has 'categorically nothing to do with' the Government's stance on Sunday trading.Reuse content