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 and type of regulated entityWhat was investigatedOffences foundDecision taken
Green Party (GB) (registered political party)Failure to deliver accurate quarterly donations reports; late delivery of quarterly transactions reportsFailure to deliver accurate quarterly donations reports; late delivery of quarterly transactions reportsTwo variable monetary penalties totalling £1,950 (£800 and £1,150 respectively). Paid on 23 July 2020
Manchester Labour Group (unincorporated association)Failure to provide: notification of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000 and notification of gifts received by due dateFailure to provide: notification of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000 and notification of gifts received by due date£1,800 variable monetary penalty. Due for payment by 21 August 2020
Compass (registered political party)Failure to notify Commission of a change to the party’s registered leaderFailure to notify Commission of a change to the party’s registered leader£700 variable monetary penalty. Due for payment by 21 August 2020

Commenting on the fines imposed, Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation, said:

“The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when parties and unincorporated associations fail to meet them. It is vital that voters are given an opportunity to see accurate and timely data on where their money comes from. 

“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
Conservative and Unionist Party (registered political party)Failure to return a donation from an impermissible donor within 30 daysNo offenceClosed without further action
John Stevenson MPFailure to return a donation from an impermissible donor within 30 daysNo 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 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.

In the investigation into the Conservative Party, the Commission established that the amount given was under the legal threshold where permissibility rules apply.

In the investigation into Mr Stevenson, the Commission established that the amount given was not a donation under the legal definition.