The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Donations and loans to other individuals and organisations

There are rules on who can make donations and loans to some people and organisations engaged in political activities. The individuals and groups that we regulate are:

  • Holders of some elective offices:
    • Members of the UK Parliament
    • Members of the European Parliament representing the UK
    • Members of the Scottish Parliament
    • Members of the National Assembly for Wales
    • Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly
    • Members of any local authority in the UK (excluding parish or community councils), including the London Assembly
    • Mayor of London and any other elected Mayor
    • Members of political parties
  • Groups of party members (also known as members associations)

These people and organisations have to report donations and loans above a certain value to us and we publish details of those reports.

Members of the House of Commons do not have to report most donations and loans to us, but must report them to the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.


Changes to the law

The UK government has changed the law on who can donate or lend money to UK registered political parties. From the date of the UK’s departure from the EU, expected to be on 29 March 2019, donations and loans can no longer be accepted from:

  • companies incorporated in another EU member state
  • individuals and organisations based in Gibraltar

There is an exception for parties on the Northern Ireland register, and regulated donees in Northern Ireland. The laws has not changed for them on accepting donations and loans from individuals and organisations based in the Republic of Ireland.

It remains possible for the UK government to defer, revoke or change these new laws. Party treasurers and regulated donees must make sure that they know the up to date position before accepting donations or loans that might be affected. We will update our website as soon as we know more.


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Guidance for other individuals and organisations we regulate

We provide guidance for the individuals and organisations that we regulate to help them to comply with the rules. Please visit our guidance pages to find out more about the specific rules:

Political parties, campaigning and donations