Party UKPGE FAQs
There is nothing wrong with candidates and parties reaching this kind of agreement. However they need to observe the rules and ensure that any spending or donation given is properly reported.
There are a number of different areas of electoral law that could apply, depending on the facts of the case. These are:
- Party spending
- Notional spending for the candidate
- Notional spending for the party
- Local non-party campaigning
- General non-party campaigning
For more details, please see our Election Pacts guidance.
The deadlines for submitting your returns for the European Parliamentary elections (EPEs) have already passed.
If you spent less than £250,000 at the EPEs, we published your return in early November.
If you spent over £250,000 at the EPEs, then we will be publishing your return early in 2020, before your return for the UK Parliamentary general election (UKPGE) is due.
Because the regulated period for the UKPGE includes the regulated period for the EPEs, all of your spending in the EPEs also counts as spending in the UKPGE.
Your EPE spending therefore counts towards your spending limit in the UKPGE, and the UKPGE spending limits are increased accordingly.
You also need to report the EPE spending in your UKPGE return. However you do not have to itemise it, as you have already done that in your EPE return. You just need to report the EPE spending as a lump sum.
You can find more details in our UKPGE guidance for parties:
Pre poll reporting for parties covers both donations and loans (transactions).
If you have not entered into a loan or received a donation you must still complete a nil return.
|Reporting period||Report is due by|
|6 November - 12 November||19 November|
|13 November - 19 November||26 November|
|20 November - 26 November||3 December|
|27 November - 3 December||10 December|
|4 December - 10 December||17 December|
|11 December - 12 December||19 December|
You must report any donation or loans that you receive of over £7,500.
There is no aggregation for pre-poll reporting – it is just for single donations or loans of over £7,500.
You do not need to wait until you have accepted a donation – you report donations as you receive them, and loans as you enter into them.
For each reportable donation and loan, you must provide the following details in your weekly pre-poll reports:
- the donor’s full name and address
- the amount (for a cash donation) or nature and value (for a non-cash donation)
- the date on which you received the donation or entered into the loan
Some social media companies are taking steps to increase transparency for voters about election advertising.
This means that when a campaigner places adverts on their platforms, the ads will have a label to say who placed it. The advertisers will have to complete a ‘verification’ process to prove their identity and where they are based.
Social media companies will also publish online libraries of election adverts with information about how much the adverts cost and who paid for them.
If you are a campaigner and want to place paid-for adverts or sponsored/promoted content on these services, you may need to complete a ‘verification’ process.
For more information about these processes you should contact the relevant company.
The companies currently doing this are:
Below is a link to their ad archives:
Twitter has stopped running political ads. Its policy came into effect on 22 November 2019. The full details of Twitter's policy are available here.