Bury North MP James Daly says he's 'not worried' about 'lack of donations' towards his re-election campaign

Bury North MP James Daly said he 'never worries about anything' when asked about a supposed lack of donations made towards his re-election campaign.

Talking on Times Radio, presenter Calum Macdonald questioned reports that there were 'low funds' in his constituency and that the Tory deputy chairman had not received donations towards his election pot - with the total sitting at around £2,000.

The MP, 44, hit back admitting that he had spent 'big sums of money' on his campaign and denied being concerned about the alleged low funds.

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"Over the last 12 months, I have paid for around half a million leaflets and surveys to go out to the people of Bury North and various other campaigning material," Mr Daly said.

"The one thing that cannot be said about my campaign is that I have not paid big sums of money, from donors and others, to support my re-election efforts and to do the best job I can for my constituents in Bury North.

"So I've spent a huge amount of money Calum, all to try and do the best that I can for the people who elected me in 2019."

When confronted with an email claiming there were 'low funds' and that he 'only has £2,000' in the election pot, Mr Daly said with a smile: "Oh, we've got more than that".

Declining to talk about his election finances in more detail, Mr Daly added: "But what I can say to you is that I will have enough money within my fighting fund to send out all the leaflets and campaigning material that is needed."

When then questioned if he was 'worried' about the 'lack of donations highlighted in the email', Mr Daly said he 'never worries about anything' and that there would be 'no issues with donations' in the campaign.

Calum Macdonald later quizzed Mr Daly on if he was 'worried' about losing his seat given his previous 105 vote majority, to which he responded: "Worry in the political sense of the word, not about life in general.

"Let me put it this way - if the people of Bury want to elect someone else, then that is what democracy is about. If they think that somebody who has brought in millions and millions of pounds of regeneration monies, we've got three special educational needs schools being built in the area, a new high school, we saved Gigg Lane, one of the oldest football stadiums in the country... and the list goes on.

"If that's not enough; if politics now is not about delivery and the people of Bury North want to elect somebody else who doesn't have that record that's absolutely fine. Why would I be bothered about that?"

The interview, aired on Times Radio on Monday (May 27) comes after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a general election would be held on July 4.