Detailed and complex investigations

When an investigation is more detailed or complex, or where we believe it involves significant issues of public interest, we will publish case summaries. These cases are available above.

Closed investigations

We publish information about recently closed investigations every month. These tables include the possible offence(s) we investigated, what we found, and what action we took. If you are looking for information on investigations not included here, please contact us

 

April 2020 - Present

Last updated on 24 September 2020.

SubjectInvestigated forDecisionSummary of reasons(s)
Scottish Green Party
(registered political party)
Failure to deliver accurate quarterly donations reports.

Offences.

Penalties totalling £5,349.75 (7 x variable monetary penalties).

Paid on 24 September 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Conservative and Unionist Party (GB)
(registered political party)
Failure to deliver accurate quarterly donations reports.

Offences.

Penalties totalling £4,400 (£3,600, £550 and £250 variable monetary penalties).

Paid on 22 September 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Ian Paisley MP
(registered donee)
Failure to return donations from impermissible donors within 30 days of receiving them.

Offences. 

Penalties totalling £1,300 (£650 and £650 variable monetary penalty).

Due for payment by 8 October 2020.

Mr Paisley accepted two donations totalling £2,600 from two impermissible donors. Mr Paisley has agreed to return the donations to each donor. Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
The Brexit Party
(registered political party)
Failure to deliver an accurate quarterly donations report.

Offence.

£200 fixed monetary penalty.

Paid on Initial Notice on 24 August 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
British Resistance
(registered political party)
Late delivery of annual accounts (2018).

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Matt Hancock MP
(registered donee)
Failure to return a donation from an impermissible donor within 30 days of receiving it.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

Mr Hanock accepted a £1,000 donation from an impermissible donor. He returned the donation to the donor outside the 30 day period required by law. Mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Veterans and People's Party (GB)
(registered political party)
Late delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The reports were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Liberal Democrats
(London accounting unit)
Failure to return a donation from an impermissible donor within 30 days of receiving it.

No offence.

Closed without further action.

The Commission is satisfied that the accounting unit did not accept a donation from an impermissible donor.
Prosper UK
(registered political party)
Failure to deliver quarterly donations and transactions reports.

No determination of offence.

Closed without further action.

No determination of offence was made in respect of the offence in this case. The party has now been voluntarily deregistered.
Green Party (GB)
(registered political party)
Failure to deliver accurate quarterly donations report; Late delivery of quarterly transactions report.

Offences.

Penalties totalling £1,950 (£800 and £1,150 variable monetary penalties).

Paid on 23 July 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
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 date.

Offences.

£1,800 (variable monetary penalty).

Due for payment by 21 August 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Compass
(registered political party)
Failure to notify Commission of a change to the party's registered leader.

Contravention of a prescribed requirement.

£700 (variable monetary penalty).

Due for payment by 21 August 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
John Stevenson MP
(regulated donee)
Failure to return a donation from an impermissible donor within 30 days.

No offence.

Closed without further action.

The Commission was satisfied that Mr Stevenson did not accept a donation from an impermissible donor.
Conservative and Unionist Party (GB)
(registered political party)
Failure to return a donation from an impermissible donor within 30 days.

No offence.

Closed without further action.

The Commission was satisfied that the party did not accept a donation from an impermissible donor.
Renew
(registered political party)
Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports; Late delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election; Failure to deliver annual accounts (2018); Failure to notify Commission of a change to the party's registered treasurer by due date.

Offences and contraventions of a prescribed requirement.

Penalties totalling £5,580.00 (10 x variable monetary penalties).

Paid 20 July 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Duma Polska = Polish Pride
(registered political party)
Late submission of annual accounts (2018); Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactons reports.

Offences.

£400 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid on 27 July 2020.

Mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed for the late delivery of the quarterly reports. A sanction was imposed for the late delivery of the annual accounts in line with our enforcement policy. The party was voluntarily deregistered on 2 October 2019.
Conservative and Unionist Party (registered political party)Failure to notify Commission of a change to the registered treasurer of the accounting unit by due date.

Contravention of a prescribed requirement.

£300 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid on 20 July 2020.

The party failed to notify the Commission of a change to the registered treasurer of its East Lothian accounting unit by the due date. Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
North East Party
(registered political party)
Late delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election.

Offences.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid on Initial Notice on 10 June 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Dr John Lister (promoter), Health Campaigns Together (registered non-party campaigner) and Reach Printing Services Limited (printer)Failure to include valid imprint on campaign material at 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election.

Offences. 

£200 (fixed monetary penalty) in respect of Dr Lister. 

Paid on initial notice on 29 June 2020.

Mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed on Health Campaigns Together and Reach Printing Services Limited. Sanctions were appropriate in respect of Dr Lister in line with our enforcement policy.
Church of the Militant Elvis party
(registered political party)
Late delivery of campaign spending return for 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election.

No offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

The return was delivered late, however the investigation concluded that there was a reasonable excuse for the failure identified.
Liberal Democrats
(registered political party)
Failing to return a donation from an impermissible donor within 30 days.

No offence.

N/A. No forfeiture sought.

Closed without further action.

The party's Haringey Borough accounting unit accepted a £565 donation from an impermissible donor. However, the party took all reasonable steps to verify the donor’s permissibility and a defence was made out. Forfeiture of the full amount of the donation was also not appropriate in this case because the donor was eligible to be on an electoral register at the time the donation was accepted.
Plaid Cymru
(registered political party)
Failure to notify Commission of a change to the registered treasurer and registered second officer of an accounting unit by due date.

Contraventions of prescribed requirements.

Penalties totalling £750 (2 x £375 variable monetary penalties).

Paid on 16 June 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
English National Party
(registered political party)
Late delivery of annual accounts (2018).

Offence.

£350 (variable monetary penalty).

Due for payment by 8 July 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Scottish Unionist Association Trust
(unincorporated association / members association)
Failure to report a donation by the required deadline.

Offence.

£300 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid on 9 June 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Stand up to Racism
(Non-party campaigner)
Failure to include valid imprint on campaign material at 2019 Newport West Parliamentary by-election.

Offence.

£300 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid on 25 May 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Conservative and Unionist Party
(North Ayrshire and Arran accounting unit)
Late delivery of annual accounts (2018).

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Aontú
(registered political party)
Late delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The reports were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Ecotricity Group Limited, Mr Dale Vince and CR Signs (Stroud) LimitedFailure to include valid imprint on campaign material at 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election.

No offence / no determination of offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

No offence was found in respect of Mr Vince. No determination of offence was made in respect of Ecotricity Group Limited and CR Signs (Stroud) Limited. This was due to matters having previously been addressed by the police by way of advice given.
Lambeth Labour Group
(members association and unincorporated association)
Failure to provide notification of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000.

Offence.

£600 (variable monetary penalty)

Paid on 18 May 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Labour for a People's Vote
(members association)
Failure to deliver two donation reports within 30 days of accepting donations.

Offence.

Penalties totalling £400 (2 x £200 fixed monetary penalties).

Paid on 14 May 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Shropshire Party
(registered political party)
Late delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election.

Offences.

Penalties totalling £400 (2 x £200 fixed monetary penalties).

Paid on initial notice on 29 April 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
The Cynon Valley Party
(registered political party)
Late submission of annual accounts (2018).

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty)

Paid 18 May 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Ulster Unionist Party
(Fermanagh and South Tyrone accounting unit)
Late submission of annual accounts (2017).

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid on initial notice on 17 April 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Kingston Independent Residents Group
(registered political party)
Late submission of annual accounts (2018).

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
The Commission concluded two investigations into potential failures to comply with PPERA by two Northern Ireland regulated donees, relating to donations accepted prior to 1 July 2017. The Commission made no determination of offence in either case.
Alliance European People's Party UK
(registered political party)
Failure to deliver accurate quarterly transaction reports.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The party delivered inaccurate reports of loans, insofar as it reported loans that were not reportable. The Commission was satisfied this was based on the party misinterpreting the requirements, but that the issue was now resolved and no sanction was appropriate.
Andover Alliance
(registered political party)
Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Barnet Labour Group
(Members association)
Failure to deliver a donation report within 30 days of acceptance.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The association made some reports late, but the Commission was satisfied that there were mitigating factors and decided to impose no sanction.
Conservative and Unionist Party
(Berwick Upon Tweed accounting unit)
Late submission of annual accounts (2017); Failure to keep accurate financial records.
 

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Conservative and Unionist Party 
(Northumberland and Tyne & Wear accounting unit)
Late submission of annual accounts (2017)

No offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

The accounting unit was merged with others during the relevant year, and the Commission was not informed. The former accounting unit was not required to deliver accounts as its income and expenditure were not above the required threshold.
Conservative and Unionist Party
(Thurrock accounting unit)
Late submission of annual accounts (2017)

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Leigh, Atherton & Tyldesley Together
(registered political party)
Late submission of annual accounts (2018)

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Northamptonshire Independents
(registered political party)
Late submission of annual accounts (2018)

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Nova Forte
(registered political party)
Late submission of annual accounts (2018)

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.

 

 

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