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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

  • Paying campaign spending


    Guidance on the deadlines for receiving and paying invoices for your campaign spending can be found here.

    The last day to receive invoices is Monday 8 June and the last day to pay invoices is Monday 6 July 2015. If an invoice is not received in time or not paid in time, it must not be paid without the leave of a court.

  • Recall of MPs Act 2015 factsheet


    The Recall of MPs Act received Royal Assent on March 25th 2015. The Act introduces a process by which an MP will lose their seat in the House of Commons in the event of a successful petition to recall them.  

    The Electoral Commission has produced a factsheet explaining when a recall petition will be opened and the responsibilities of campaigners, the Electoral Commission, Petition Officers and the police. 

    Recall of MPs Act 2015 factsheet (PDF) 

  • Crowdfunding factsheet


    We have published a separate factsheet based on the information already available in the full suite of guidance illustrating how the rules on donations and permissibility checks apply to crowdfunding websites.

    Factsheet: Crowdfunding: donations and permissibility (PDF) 

Regular updates for non-party campaigners

See all of our campaigner updates

Update for non-party campaigners No. 16 – 16 July 2015

  • submitting spending returns and our webcasts
  • where to find the template auditors report
  • Government review of third party spending
  • our report on the 2015 election
  • May 2016 polls
  • how to sign up for our referendum updates

Update for non-party campaigners No.15 – 28 May 2015

  • paying invoices for campaign spending
  • reporting after the election
  • government review of third party campaigning
  • May 2016 polls
  • webcasts

Update for non-party campaigners No.14 – 11 March 2015

  • the independent review
  • quarterly pre-poll reporting
  • weekly pre-poll reporting

Update for non-party campaigners No.13 – 22 January 2015

  • Pre poll reports
  • Record keeping
  • How to get in touch

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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