What to do before contacting us

We recommend taking a look at what we do and don’t regulate before contacting us. This will save you time and make sure your allegation is dealt with by the right organisation.

Allegations we handle

We handle allegations about the political finances of:

  • Political parties
  • Non-party campaigners
  • Individual party members and those who hold elected office, like MPs
  • Referendum campaigners
  • Members associations
  • Unincorporated associations, which is any group of more than two people

Allegations we don't handle

Report these allegations to the police:

Speak to your local authority if you have concerns about:

  • how an election was run in your area, such as electoral registration, postal voting or a polling station
  • someone’s behaviour in a polling station
  • how a political party has used a local council’s facilities
  • any marketing or communications, such as social media posts, shared by them during the ‘pre-election’ period which you think may be of a political nature

Find your local authority

Most political campaign material is not regulated in the UK. However, you can speak to Ofcom if you are concerned that:

  • a TV advert might be of a political nature, as political TV broadcasts are banned in the UK

Speak to a political party if you are concerned about:

  • how they got your name, address or email address to send you campaign material
  • an internal party dispute
  • any unpaid invoices to suppliers

Speak to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) if you are concerned about:

  • the use of your personal data

Other considerations about your allegation

Please also be aware that:

  • we don’t usually consider anonymous allegations, unless you are a whistle-blower. If you are, please contact us
  • your allegation must be supported by credible evidence

How to make an allegation

You can make an allegation by filling out the contact us form or by writing to us at this address:

Party and Election Finance

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row



Last updated: 5 August 2019
Next review: 16 June 2020