Regulatory fines issued – latest update

16 Aug 2017 01:51 PM

The Electoral Commission yesterday published details of concluded investigations where sanctions have been applied.

The Republic Party was fined £1,500 for its failure to deliver the required quarterly donations and loans reports to the Commission for three consecutive quarters

Under the law, all parties are required to deliver reports of donations and loans received each quarter, unless they have become exempt as a result of accepting no reportable donations or loans for four consecutive quarters. Failing to deliver any such return is an offence.

Bob Posner, Director of Political Finance and Regulation & Legal Counsel for the Electoral Commission yesterday said:

“The requirements to report donations and loans received each quarter apply to all parties, large or small, unless they are exempt. While the fine announced today does not relate to a high profile party, it relates to repeated failures to comply. It is important that the income of political parties from donations and loans is fully transparent and the rules are correctly followed.”

In the second case, the Commission fined Proud Robinson Limited, a company registered as a campaigner in the EU Referendum, £1000 for failing to deliver its referendum spending return on time, an offence under the law.

This information has been published as part of the Commission’s regular monthly investigations update, an important part of its commitment to deliver transparency in political finance in the UK. The full monthly investigations update can be found on our website here.

For more information, contact the Electoral Commission press office on 028 9089 4023 or press@electoralcommission.org.uk

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Notes to editors

  1. The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. It works 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 its 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.

  1. This release forms part of the Commission’s regular monthly investigations update, –information of this nature is published routinely on the third Tuesday of each month. The full monthly investigations update, which includes details on all of the Commission’s recently concluded investigations, can be found on our website: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/our-work/roles-and-responsibilities/our-role-as-regulator-of-political-party-finances/sanctions
  2. For the EU Referendum, registered campaigners were limited as to how much they could spend during the formal ‘referendum period’ (which began on 15 April and ran until the close of poll on 23 June). Designated lead campaigners had a spending limit of £7 million each. Other registered campaigners had a spending limit of £700,000. Political parties that registered as campaigners had a spending limit based on the percentage of the vote they received at the last general election. See our media handbook for information here.
  3. Penalties imposed by the Commission go into the Consolidated Fund. This is managed by HM Treasury and not the Electoral Commission.