Candidates' Fund

There are now even more ways to support LGBT+ candidates.  20% of all sales from our shop, will benefit the fund!


Support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans candidates representing the Conservative Party

Openly gay Conservative candidates fighting for really winnable seats. They’re Conservatives selected by the grassroots, and I’m proud of how they show we have changed.
David Cameron, Former Prime Minister 

The Conservative Party has a proud record of electing “out” MPs, currently standing at 19 (GE2017), contributing to the highest level of representation ever in Britain and the world. We want to ensure even more LGBT+ candidates represent us in elections, and have established a campaign fund to support them.

Money raised will go into a separate account, and will be used exclusively to provide the financial support our candidates need to spread the Conservative message in their constituencies. Your donation will help them hold and win seats and ensure that we have great representatives who are backed, not only by the LGBT+ community, but also by local activists and, ultimately, voters.

At the 2015 General Election, we supported 19 candidates including Stuart Andrew, Ben Howlett and Iain Stewart who were elected to parliament. In the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections we supported 6 candidates including Ruth Davidson, Annie Wells and Ross Thomson who were returned to Holyrood. At the 2017 General Election we supported 12 candidates including Stuart Andrew, Lee Rowley, Iain Stewart and Will Wragg who were elected to parliament.

To comply with Electoral Commission Rules we require your name and address, and for larger donations you may need to be a UK voter. Donations are made to LGBT+ Conservatives and kept in a separate bank account solely for the use of the LGBT+ Conservatives Candidates' Fund.


Candidates wishing to apply for funding must be:

  • A member of the Conservative Party
  • A Member or Patron of LGBT+ Conservatives
  • Standing for election in an eligible election
  • Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans and be willing to be identified as such

For further criteria please see the LGBT+ Conservatives Candidates' Fund Guidelines. To apply to the fund, please complete the Application Form.

Please note that the Candidates' Fund is not open to council candidates.