Latest figures for political party donations and loans in Great Britain published
11 political parties registered in Great Britain reported accepting a total of £6,835,235 in donations in the first quarter of 2019, according to new figures published yesterday by the Electoral Commission. This is over £3.7m less than the amount accepted in the previous quarter, between 1 October 2018 and 31 December 2018.
Political parties must submit quarterly donation and loan returns. Within these returns, parties report:
- donations accepted above the £7,500 threshold (£1,500 to accounting units)
- smaller donations which add together to exceed the reporting threshold
- donations which ought to have been reported in previous quarters; and
- impermissible donations they have received and action taken in relation to these.
As a result of impermissible donations being returned and some donations being reported late, the amount reported by a party in a quarterly return may exceed the total accepted.
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