Lord Ashcroft has donated tens of millions of pounds to numerous charities, including good causes specialising in crime prevention, education and child protection. He wishes that many more wealthy businessmen would do the same. “In the past, successful entrepreneurs funded schools and hospitals, public parks and libraries. We need to rekindle that spirit,” he says. In 2013, Lord Ashcroft signed up to The Giving Pledge: a commitment by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.