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Meet Robert Mercer, the conservative billionaire who was a megadonor for Trump during the 2016 campaign but is notably absent in 2020

Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah.
Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah.

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  • Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, were amongst the most prominent conservative megadonors in 2016, extending unwavering support to President Trump.

  • So far, Mercer has only made one six-figure donation to Trump’s reelection campaign.

  • An influential figure in the hedge-fund industry and a computer scientist, Mercer made principal investments in both Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica in the past.

  • The Mercer Family Foundation and Trump Campaign did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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A billionaire donor who bankrolled President Trump’s 2016 campaign has been notably absent during his reelection efforts.

Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager, donated upwards of $25 million dollars in the previous election cycle across multiple conservative efforts. So far, Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, have made a single $355,200 donation to Trump’s reelection effort. 

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Who is Julian Lewis? The Tory MP who lost his Conservative whip

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PA wire

Julian Lewis, a previously scarcely-known backbencher, has been thrust into a headline-maker this week after a “coup” saw him installed as the new chair of one of Parliament’s most prestigious select committees.

The New Forest East MP was named chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee on Tuesday.

But hours later a furious Boris Johnson ensured he was kicked out of the parliamentary Conservative Party for refusing to bow to their demand to vote for former cabinet minister Chris Grayling as the new chair.

So who is the man at the centre of all this Westminster drama? Here’s what you need to know.

What is the Chris Grayling row all about?

Downing Street had expected to shoo-in the controversial Transport Minister Mr Grayling into ISC chair without any issue.

But instead Mr Lewis won over opposition committee members and got the position, condemning Downing Street’s “improper request” for

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Miriam Margolyes says JK Rowling has a ‘conservative view’ of transgender people

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(Getty Images)

Miriam Margolyes has described JK Rowling’s recent controversial comments over transgender individuals as “rather conservative.”

Rowling, 54, has been criticised in recent months over a series of posts on her Twitter account which have been considered to be offensive to trans people.

While the author of the Harry Potter franchise has hit back at criticism with a lengthy blog post, in which she described her personal experience of abuse as well as her concerns over “both education and safeguarding” and “freedom of speech”, a slew of actors from the Potter films have since publicly disagreed with Rowling’s views.

Stars including the franchise’s eponymous hero Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Fantastic Beasts frontman Eddie Redmayne have all distanced themselves from Rowling in the last few months.

Harry Potter author, J K Rowling, has been criticised for her recent comments (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Harry Potter author, J K Rowling, has been criticised for her recent comments (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Margolyes, 79, is the latest Potter star

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