Nottingham Forest shareholder Sokratis Kominakis listed as donor to Ben Bradley's mayoral election campaign

Ben Bradley pictured during the East Midlands Mayoral election count in conversation with his wife and Councillor Barry Lewis of Derbyshire County Council
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One of Nottingham Forest's owners has been listed as a donor to Ben Bradley's East Midlands Mayor campaign. All those who stood in the May 2 election had to send a full list of all their spending and donations to Nottingham City Council by Friday (June 7).

All candidates, apart from the Liberal Democrat candidate, have done so. Mr Bradley's donations list includes two £50,000 payments from Sokratis Kominakis.

Mr Kominakis is a Greek businessman who, together with Evangelos Marinakis, headed up the consortium which purchased Forest from the Kuwaiti Al-Hasawi family in 2017. Mr Bradley came second overall in the East Midlands Mayor race for the Conservative Party, losing out to Labour's Claire Ward.

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Although Mr Kominakis is listed as a donor to Mr Bradley's campaign, Mr Bradley says it is not true to say that those listed as donors gave money directly to his campaign. Instead, Mr Bradley says the donations were made to the Conservative Party centrally and that it is the central party who told him who to include on his donations list for full transparency.

Mr Bradley says it is the central party who decides how the money it receives is used and that donations including those from Mr Kominakis cannot be directly linked to him. Essentially, Mr Bradley says that the £218,000 in donations he received overall could be listed as having come from the national Conservative Party.

Sokratis Kominakis watching a game at the City Ground
Sokratis Kominakis watching a game at the City Ground -Credit:Marc Atkins/Getty Images

This is the approach taken by Labour's Claire Ward, whose donations list includes only one donation of more than £130,000 from the Labour Party. Data from the Electoral Commission published on Thursday (June 6) previously showed that Mr Kominakis made two donations worth £50,000 each to the Conservatives earlier this year.

The party received the first donation on February 22, whilst the second was received on February 26. Around a month after the donations were made, Rishi Sunak visited the City Ground in what was the first trip by a serving British Prime Minister to the stadium. There is no suggestion that the visit and the donations are connected.

Mr Kominakis held managerial positions at companies including Vodafone and Procter & Gamble before purchasing Forest as the minority shareholder alongside Mr Marinakis, with the two forming the NF Football Investments Ltd company to purchase their shares. Between 2010 and 2011, Mr Kominakis was vice president of Olympiacos - the Greek to flight Super League club which Mr Marinakis also owns.