Electoral Commission fines the British National Party for late delivery of 2010 accounts
The Electoral Commission has fined the British National Party a total of £2,700 for the late delivery of its statement of accounts for 2010.
There were two fines. The first fine of £1800 was imposed on the central party for its failure to provide accounts by the deadline of 7 July 2011. A second fine of £900 was imposed on the party’s regional accounting unit for failing to deliver its accounts by the same deadline.
The party co-operated with the Commission and both accounts were received on 21 February 2012, in accordance with a deadline set by the Commission.
Both fines have been paid in full.
Commenting on the Electoral Commission’s actions, Lisa Klein, Director of Party and Election Finance, said:
“People have a right to know how parties are funded and how they spend their money. The British National Party has repeatedly failed to deliver accounts for the central party and its accounting unit on time in the past.
“However, since 2010 there has been an improvement in compliance. The 2011 accounts for the central party and accounting unit were delivered on time. We hope this improvement is maintained.”
For more information about the range of sanctions available to the Commission and how fines are calculated, visit: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/party-finance/enforcement/sanctions
For further information please contact Rosemary Davenport, Media Relations Officer, on 0207 271 0704. Out of office hours: 07789 920414.
Notes to Editors
- The Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act (PPERA) 2000 established the Electoral Commission as an independent body to regulate political party financing and provided the legal framework under which the Commission operates.
- Under Section 45 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA), registered political parties must deliver a statement of accounts to the Commission within 4 months of the end of the party’s financial year if income and expenditure was less than £250,000, or within 6 months and 7 days of the end of the party’s financial year if the income or expenditure was over £250,000.
- In the case of the British National Party, the original deadline was 7 July 2011. Schedule 5 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) applies the same requirements to registered treasurers of party accounting units. The accounts were submitted on 21 February 2012.
- On the second Thursday of every month, the Electoral Commission publishes details of concluded cases where the Commission has imposed sanctions. These can include fixed or variable financial penalties or other sanctions such as a compliance notice.
- Fixed financial penalties are always a £200 fine and our usual policy is not to press release these. Variable financial penalties vary between £250 - £5,000 for prescribed contraventions and for offences triable in a magistrates’ court; or between £250 - £20,000 for offences triable in either a magistrates’ or crown court.
- The Electoral Commission is committed to ensuring transparency in party finance. As part of this process, the Commission will issue a press release where a political party or an individual have received a variable financial penalty or penalties and the level of fine reflects this and/or a compliance or restoration notice with a value of £1000 or more.
- Sanctions levied by the Commission go to the Consolidated Fund, not to the Electoral Commission.