Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has donated more than £100,000 to swell the coffers of his constituency’s Conservative Association since 2019, Electoral Commission records reveal.

Official records show the MP has given £105,261 to the South West Surrey Conservative Association over the last five years during a period of turmoil for his party locally and nationally.

Mr Hunt is tipped by several polling companies to become the first chancellor in modern times to lose at a general election later this year.

But a party spokesperson denied the donations signal Mr Hunt’s fear at losing his seat – instead blaming the pandemic for a drop-off in fundraising.

The £105,261 sum was donated during the terms of three Conservative prime ministers – Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak – and contrasts with the total £4,447 he gifted under the previous leaderships of Theresa May and David Cameron.

According to the Guardian, donations to the chancellor’s local Tory association were down by almost 50 per cent in 2021, falling from more than £80,000 to just £42,693 that year.

The association, which recently divided into the Ash & Godalming and Farnham & Bordon associations ahead of coming boundary changes, has announced an increase in members’ annual subscriptions.

And it also recently held a lavish gala fundraising dinner at Northbrook House near Farnham in which members could pay £150 for a place at the top table with the Chancellor of the Exchequer himself.

A Godalming and Ash Conservatives spokesperson said: “Fortunately, Godalming & Ash Conservative Association has hundreds of loyal members and supporters who generously donate to Jeremy's campaigning.

“But fundraising was not possible during the pandemic so Jeremy was happy to give personal support to allow our campaigning to continue on local issues such as Thames Water outages and the Bramley fuel leak."