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Political party donations and loans published for Q4 2021

Political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland have reported accepting a total of £11,206,757 in donations and public funds in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October to December), according to figures published yesterday by the Electoral Commission. The total is made up of donations and loans from 24 parties, and compares to £11,280,814 reported in the same period in 2020.

Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation, yesterday said:

“Publishing this data gives voters important information on how parties in the United Kingdom are being funded, in order to enhance public confidence and trust in our democratic processes.”

Political parties are required to submit quarterly donation and loan returns to the Electoral Commission, and include:

  • donations accepted above the £7,500 threshold (£1,500 for accounting units)
  • smaller donations from a single donor which exceed the reporting threshold when taken together
  • donations which ought to have been reported in previous quarters
  • impermissible donations they have received and the action taken in relation to these.

The 24 political parties that reported donations in quarter four of 2021, including public funds, were:

 

Party

Total reported

Donations accepted (excl. public funds)

Public funds accepted

Total accepted in this quarter

Alliance – Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

£122,195

£100,600

£20,109

£120,709

Communist Party of Britain

£3,569

£3,569

£0

£3,569

Conservative and Unionist Party (GB)

£5,055,082

£4,906,452

£51,898

£4,958,350

Conservative and Unionist Party (NI)

£11,591

£11,591

£0

£11,591

Co-operative Party

£62,290

£28,290

£0

£28,290

Democratic Unionist Party – D.U.P.

£88,299

£2,000

£86,299

£88,299

Green Party (GB)

£150,373

£105,934

£44,439

£150,373

Green Party (NI)

£10,790

£0

£10,790

£10,790

Labour Party

£3,875,700

£2,010,808

£1,826,358

£3,837,167

Liberal Democrats

£1,034,137

£610,020

£355,348

£965,368

People Before Profit Alliance

£10,818

£5,250

£4,518

£9,768

Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales

£24,795

£0

£24,795

£24,795

Reform UK

£35,000

£33,000

£0

£33,000

Renew

£15,000

£15,000

£0

£15,000

Scottish Green Party

£31,657

£24,573

£7,083

£31,657

Scottish National Party (SNP)

£360,010

£87,400

£272,610

£360,010

SDLP (Social Democratic & Labour Party)

£50,988

£0

£50,988

£50,988

Sinn Féin

£109,914

£11,316

£80,274

£91,590

The Reclaim Party

£350,000

£350,000

£0

£350,000

Traditional Unionist Voice - TUV

£6,840

£0

£6,840

£6,840

True & Fair Party

£30,000

£30,000

£0

£30,000

Ulster Unionist Party

£23,603

£0

£23,603

£23,603

Women's Equality Party

£11,000

£5,000

£0

£5,000

Total

£11,473,651

£8,340,803

£2,865,952

£11,206,757


The amount that a political party reports to the Commission may be different to the amount it accepts in a quarter. This is because the amount that a party reports can include donations that were returned because they were impermissible and / or donations reported as part of the wrong quarter.

Parties will likely have received other donations, from different individuals or bodies, that are below the thresholds for reporting to the Commission. Taken as a total sum these can amount to substantial sources of income for parties.

12 parties failed to meet the reporting deadline for this quarter. The Commission will consider each of these matters, as well as donations reported late, in line with its Enforcement Policy, if appropriate. Any sanctions applied will be published at a later date.

Borrowing

There were £115,000 of new loans reported in the fourth quarter of 2021. Loans with a value of £10,500 were fully paid off.

Donations accepted by regulated donees in Q4 2021

The Commission also publishes details of donations accepted by regulated donees. Regulated donees are members of registered political parties, holders of relevant elective office and members associations.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, £808,249 in donations were accepted by 79 donees. The total includes cash and non-cash donations, as well as donations towards overseas visits. Full details of cash and non-cash donations (Opens in new window) are available on our website.

 

Type of regulated donee

Value of cash and non-cash donations accepted

Value of donations accepted towards overseas visits

Total value of donations accepted

Mayor

£20,888

£0

£20,888

Members Association

£148,250

£0

£148,250

MP – Member of Parliament

£330,704

£300,551

£631,255

MSP – Member of the Scottish Parliament

£0

£7,856

£7,856

Totals

£499,841

£308,407

£808,249

 


Further information

summary of donations, including the highest donors and details of late reports, is available on the Commission’s website.

Full details of donations and loans reported in Q4 2021 are available on our political finance register (Opens in new window).

For more information contact the Electoral Commission press office on 020 7271 0704, out of office hours 07789 920 414 or press@electoralcommission.org.uk (Opens in new window)

Notes to Editors

  1. The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:
  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focussing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  • using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency.

The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK, Scottish and Welsh parliaments.

  1. The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) requires registered parties to report cash and non-cash donations and borrowing to the Electoral Commission on a quarterly basis. Political parties must report all donations and borrowing over £7,500 relating to the central party, or over £1,500 relating to an accounting unit. This includes aggregates of donations and loans from the same source during the calendar year.
  2. As the parties only report donations and loans over these thresholds, the figures do not include all donations and loans to political parties. Donations and loans under these thresholds are recorded in political parties’ annual Statements of Accounts. Information on political parties’ annual Statements of Accounts is available on the Commission’s database (Opens in new window).
  3. Public funds are donations from the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Scottish Parliament and the Electoral Commission. ‘Short’ and ‘Cranborne’ grants are available to parties in opposition in the House of Commons or House of Lords respectively.
  4. Some donations appear on the register as being from the Electoral Commission. These are Policy Development Grants, which were established by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 for parties represented in the Commons by two or more sitting members. The grants are intended to assist parties in developing the policies that they will present in an election manifesto. The legislation provides the total sum of £2 million annually for this purpose. Policy Development Grants became reportable as donations for the first time in quarter three of 2006 as a result of the Electoral Administration Act 2006.
  5. There were 362 registered political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland during quarter four of 2021. 66 were required to submit a quarterly donation report and 52 to submit borrowing information within the deadline. The remaining political parties have previously submitted four consecutive nil returns. Providing they have not received donations in the last quarter, they are therefore exempt from submitting a report.
  6. More information on what constitutes a regulated donee and their legal reporting requirements is available on our website.
  7. Members of Parliament report their accepted donations to the Register of Members’ Financial Interests (Opens in new window).
  8. Members of Scottish Parliament report their accepted donations to the Register of Interests for the Scottish Parliament (Opens in new window).
  9. All other regulated donees report their donations directly to us. We then publish this information monthly as part of our role in providing greater transparency in political finance in the UK.

 

Channel website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Original article link: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/media-centre/political-party-donations-and-loans-published-q4-2021

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