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General Election: sixth and final weekly set of donations and loans to political parties published

Published: 20 Jun 2017

A total of £231,333 in donations to political parties has been reported to the Electoral Commission in the sixth weekly report relating to the UK Parliamentary General Election, covering the final two days of the election.

By law, political parties standing candidates at the UK Parliamentary General Election must submit details of any donations and loans of more than £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 final of six weekly pre-poll donations and loans reports, in which the Commission has published details of all donations and loans reported. The first four reports were published before polling day, with this being the second of the final two to be published after the election. In the first, second, third, fourth and fifth weekly publications, a total of more than £18 million in donations was reported.

The political parties that have reported receiving donations of more than £7,500 between 7 to 8 June are:

Political party

Total donations received in the fourth pre poll reporting period (7– 8 June 2017)

Conservative and Unionist Party

£215,000

The Socialist Party of Great Britain

£16,333

Total

£231,333

The Labour Party also reported in this sixth pre-poll report a donation of £10,000 that it received in the fifth reporting period.

The Conservative and Unionist Party also reported in this sixth pre-poll period receipt of £21,247 from public funds.

Full details of all reported donations to registered political parties in the sixth pre-poll period are available here

The total donations reported to the Electoral Commission across the full pre-poll reporting period from 3 May to 8 June, excluding public funds, were as follows:

Political Party

Total donations received in the pre poll reporting period (3 May – 8 June 2017)

Conservative and Unionist Party

£12,703,791

Labour Party

£4,547,410

Liberal Democrats

£1,107,570

Women’s Equality Party

£152,960

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

£99,300

Scottish National Party (SNP)

£63,000

Green Party

£52,866

Socialist Party of Great Britain

£26,333

Total

£18,753,236

At the 2015 general election, almost £600,000 in donations was reported to the Electoral Commission in the sixth pre-poll reporting period. A total of almost £14.4 million in donations and loans was reported across all pre-poll reporting periods at the 2015 general election.

Non-party campaigners

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.

No donations of more than £7,500 were reported as received by non-party campaigners in the reporting period 7 June to 8 June 2017.

To search donations on the Electoral Commission’s website, click here.

Political Parties and non-party campaigners in Northern Ireland are required to submit weekly reports of their donations and loans to the Commission. The Commission is supportive of the case for full transparency about donations to Northern Ireland parties; however, the law currently prohibits the Commission from publishing this information.

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Notes to editors

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 175 parties were required to submit weekly reports to the Electoral Commission.

4. 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.

5.  For more information about the rules for political parties during the General Election period, see the Commission’s media handbook here.

6. 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.

7. Registered non-party campaigners do not need to submit a ‘nil return’ to the Electoral Commission during the General Election campaign period.

8. To see which non-party campaigners have so far registered with the Electoral Commission, click here

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