First weekly set of donations and loans to political parties published ahead of General Election
Published: 18 May 2017
£7,054,844 in donations and £10,000 in loans to political parties have been reported to the Electoral Commission in the first weekly report published prior to the poll on 8 June.
By law, political parties standing candidates at the UK Parliamentary General Election must submit details of any donations and loans of over £7,500, as part of weekly reports to the Electoral Commission. Parties must notify the Commission if they are not standing candidates in order to be exempt from weekly reporting.
This is the first of six weekly pre-poll donations and loans reports, in which the Commission will publish details of all donations and loans reported. Four of these reports will be published before polling day, with two in the following weeks.
The political parties that have reported receiving donations over £7,500 were:
|Political party||Total donations received in first pre poll reporting period (3-9 May 2017)|
|Conservative and Unionist Party||£4,108,000|
|UK Independence Party (UKIP)||£48,000|
|Women's Equality Party||£20,544|
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) also reported a loan of £10,000.
Full details of all reported donations to registered political parties in the first pre-poll period are available here
Ahead of the 2015 general election, almost £2.5 million in donations were reported to the Electoral Commission in the first pre-poll reporting period. A total of almost £14.4 million in donations and loans were reported across all pre-poll reporting periods at the 2015 general election.
Registered non-party campaigners – individuals or organisations that campaign at elections, but are not standing as candidates or political parties – must also submit weekly pre-poll donation reports to the Commission if they have received any amounts above £7,500 to use for the purpose of their regulated campaign activity.
|Non-party campaigners||Total donations received in first pre poll reporting period (3-9 May 2017)|
|People's Assembly Against Austerity||£65,000|
To search donations on the Electoral Commission’s website, click here.
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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.
Details on upcoming pre poll publications:
Reporting period Deadline to submit report Date Electoral Commission will publish donations and loans 3 May to 9 May 16 May 2017 Thursday 18 May 10 May to 16 May 23 May 2017 Thursday 25 May 17 May to 23 May 30 May 2017 Thursday 1 June 24 May to 30 May 6 June 2017 Wednesday 7 June 31 May to 6 June 13 June 2017 Thursday 15 June 7 June to 8 June 15 June 2017 Tuesday 20 June
- The first quarterly donations and loans to political parties (covering the period 1 January 2017 – 31 March 2017) will be published on 23 May 2017.
- In the pre poll weekly reports, political parties must report donations that they are given during the relevant period. However, parties have 30 days after receiving a donation to check that it is from a permissible source and to decide whether to accept it. If a party decides to return a donation, that will be recorded in Quarter 2 2017 donations and loans report which will be published by the Electoral Commission in August 2017.
- 179 parties were required to submit weekly reports to the Electoral Commission.
- Where a political party fails to submit a donation or loan report, the Commission will consider what, if any, action is appropriate in each case and in accordance with its enforcement policy.
- For more information about the rules for political parties during the General Election period, see the Commission’s media handbook here.
- 8. Non-party campaigners must register with the Electoral Commission if intending to spend over the threshold of £20,000 in England or £10,000 in any of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on regulated campaign activity during a regulated period.
- Registered non-party campaigners do not need to submit a ‘nil return’ to the Electoral Commission during the General Election campaign period.
10. To see which non-party campaigners have so far registered with the Electoral Commission, click here