Monthly update – concluded investigations

Summary

Details of investigations concluded in the last month have been published today by the Electoral Commission. This is an important part of delivering transparency in political finance in the UK.

Investigations where offences were found:

Name type of regulated entityWhat was investigatedOffences foundDecision taken
Burnley and Padiham Independent Party (registered political party) Failure to deliver timely pre-poll donations and transactions reports at 2019 UK Parliamentary general electionFailure to deliver timely pre-poll donations and transactions reports at 2019 UK Parliamentary general election2 x £200 fixed monetary penalties. Due for payment by 10 December 2020
Independent Network (registered political party)Late delivery of 2019 European parliamentary election spending return. Failure to deliver a compliant declaration as to notional expenses. Late delivery of 2019 Parliamentary general election spending returnLate delivery of 2019 European parliamentary election spending return. Failure to deliver a compliant declaration as to notional expenses. Late delivery of 2019 Parliamentary general election spending returnNo sanction. Closed without further action
The Citizens Movement Party UK (registered political party)Late delivery of 2019 UK Parliamentary general election spending returnLate delivery of 2019 UK Parliamentary general election spending returnNo sanction. Closed without further action
Sinn Féin (registered political party)Failure to deliver a complete spending return for the 2019 European parliamentary electionFailure to deliver a complete spending return for the 2019 European parliamentary electionNo sanction. Closed without further action


Commenting on the concluded investigations, Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation, said: 

“The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when they are not met. It is vital that voters are given an opportunity to see accurate and timely data on where parties receive their money and what they spend it on.

“The Commission will continue to enforce these requirements on all parties and campaigners to ensure that voters have the information they need.”

Investigations where no offences were found:

Name and type of regulated entityWhat was investigatedOffences foundDecision taken
Rhyl People’s Assembly (unregistered non-party campaigner)Failure to include valid imprint on campaign material at 2019 UKPGENo determination of offenceClosed without further action
I’m With Corbyn North Wales (unregistered non-party campaigner) and Donna Jones (promoter)Failure to include valid imprint on campaign material at 2019 UKPGENo offence foundClosed without further action
Parent’s Choice (registered non-party campaigner)Failure to submit accurate spending return for the 2019 UKPGENo determination of offenceClosed without further action

Ends

For more information contact the Electoral Commission press office on 020 7271 0704, out of office hours 07789 920 414 or press@electoralcommission.org.uk
 

Notes to editors

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, Welsh, and Scottish Parliaments.

This release forms part of the Commission’s regular monthly investigations update, an important part of its commitment to deliver transparency in political finance in the UK. Information of this nature is published routinely on the third Tuesday of each month. Details for sanctions from previous months are available.

Penalties imposed by the Commission go into the Consolidated Fund. This is managed by HM Treasury and not the Electoral Commission.