Donations and loans received by political parties and non-party campaigners in the UK in sixth weekly pre-poll report published

24 Dec 2019 09:41 AM

£1,457,226 in donations to political parties have been reported to the Electoral Commission in the sixth and final weekly pre-poll report.

This compares to £231,333 in donations reported in the sixth weekly pre-poll report before the 2017 general election.

In total, across the six pre-poll donations reports, political parties in the UK reported receiving a combined total of £30,721,998 in donations.

Prior to the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December, registered political parties were required to submit four weekly reports setting out the donations and loans over £7,500 that they have received between 6 November and 3 December 2019. Two further reports were required to be submitted after polling day for the period 4 December to 12 December 2019.

Registered non-party campaigners were also required to submit weekly donation reports setting out the donations they have received over £7,500. This information has been published alongside the political parties’ donations and loans reports.

This is the first UK Parliamentary general election to take place since legislation was introduced to allow information on donations and loans in Northern Ireland to be published. This is therefore the first general elections that pre-poll donations and loans reports have been published for parties and non-party campaigners in Northern Ireland. 

Political party donations summary

Total donations over £7,500 received by parties during the reporting period from 11 to 12 December:

Party Total
Conservative and Unionist Party £1,392,297
Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP)           £14,929
The Brexit Party £50,000

Details of the donations over £7,500 reported by all parties in this reporting period are available to view (Opens in new window).

To see all donations reported by a particular party in this reporting period, follow the links below: 

Donations received by the Conservative Party in the sixth pre-poll reporting period are available to view (Opens in new window)

Donations received by the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the sixth pre-poll reporting period are available to view (Opens in new window).

Donations received by The Brexit Party in the sixth pre-poll reporting period are available to view (Opens in new window).

Non-party campaigner donations summary

Details of donations of over £7,500 received by campaigners received in the reporting period from 11 to 12 December are available to view (Opens in new window).

Non-party campaigner Total
PV Media Hub Limited (campaign name: Vote for a Final Say)       £20,000
Scientists for EU Ltd £20,000

Loans summary

No political parties reported entering into loans or credit facilities of over £7,500 during this reporting period.

Notes to editors

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, focusing 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 and Scottish Parliaments.

A non-party campaigner is a group that campaigns in the run up to elections but is not a political party and does not stand candidates.

Non-party campaigners must register with us if they plan to spend more than £20k in England or £10k in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. A list of registered non-party campaigners is available (Opens in new window).

All registered political parties must submit pre-poll donations reports, unless they have exempted themselves, which they can do if not standing candidates. Failure to do so will be considered in line with our Enforcement Policy. 74 parties were required to report weekly pre-poll reports.

In the pre-poll weekly reports, political parties and non-party campaigners must report donations that they have received during the relevant period. However, they have 30 days after receiving a donation to check that it is from a permissible source and to decide whether to accept it.

Donations over £7,500 accepted by parties during the third quarter (1 July to 30 September) will be published on 26 November.

More information on further pre-poll reporting publications is available on page 27 of our media handbook.