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Non-party campaigners

Here you will find guidance and information for individuals and organisations that campaign in the run up to elections but do not stand as political parties or candidates.

We call these individuals and organisations non-party campaigners. In electoral law they are called third parties.

Not sure if you're a non-party campaigner? 

If you intend to spend more than £20,000 in England, or £10,000 in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland campaigning at the:

  • UK Parliamentary general election
  • European Parliamentary elections
  • Scottish Parliamentary elections
  • Welsh Assembly elections
  • Northern Ireland Assembly elections

you must register with us as a non-party campaigner. There are rules you must follow on campaign spending, donations and reporting. We regulate those rules. 

Click here to download a printable calendar of important deadlines for 2015. 

Latest updates

Regular updates for non-party campaigners

See all of our campaigner updates

Update for non-party campaigners No.12 – 4 December 2014

  • Improvements to website navigation
  • Changes to guidance
  • FAQs
  • flowcharts

Update for non-party campaigners No.11 – 22 October 2014

  • changes to guidance
  • new key to guidance
  • FAQs
  • flowcharts
  • webinars

Update for non-party campaigners No.10 – 10 September 2014

  • guidance
  • campaign monitoring
  • PEF Online
  • forms
  • webinars

Update for non-party campaigners No.9 – 13 August 2014

  • our guidance and FAQs
  • webinars
  • flowcharts

Update for non-party campaigners No.8 – 14 July 2014

  • details of webinars to be held in July and August 2014

Update for non-party campaigners No.7 – 9 July 2014

  • our guidance

Update for non-party campaigners No.6 – 27 May 2014

  • joint campaigns

Update for non-party campaigners No.5 – 1 May 2014

  • managing spending
  • donations and permissibility checking

Update for non-party campaigners No.4 – 7 April 2014

  • information gathered through our roundtable events and online survey
  • launch of Frequently Asked Questions section on the website
  • our enforcement approach

Update for non-party campaigners No.3 – 17 March 2014

  • when you will need to register
  • who can register
  • when and how to register
  • a summary of the rules that apply to registered non-party campaigners

Update for non-party campaigners No. 2 - 26 February 2014

  • what activities will be regulated under the new rules
  • a summary of the current rules
  • where you can find more information
  • how to take part in the online survey

Update for non-party campaigners No. 1 - 3 February 2014

  • a summary of our role
  • a summary of the changes to the rules
  • where you can find more information 

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