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Monthly update – concluded investigations

Published: 20 Nov 2018

Details of the investigations concluded in the last month have been published today by the Electoral Commission. This is an important part of delivering transparency in political finance in the UK.

Investigations where offences were found and sanctions imposed

Name and type of regulated entity What was investigated Decision takenOutcome
People's Assembly Against Austerity (third party campaigner) Failure to include an imprint on election material and failure to deliver accurate spending return for 2017 UKPGE £900 (variable monetary penalty) Due for payment by 30 November 2018. Payment by instalments agreed.
Co-operative Party Failure to deliver accurate spending return for 2017 UKPGE £750 (variable monetary penalty) Paid on 14 November 2018
Ms Delyth Lloyd-Williams Failure to include an imprint on election material £500 (variable monetary penalty) Paid on 8 October 2018
Green Party Failure to deliver accurate spending return for 2017 UKPGE £500 and £250 (variable monetary penalties) Paid on 15 November 2018

Commenting on the fines, Bob Posner, Director of Political Finance and Regulation & Legal Counsel at the Electoral Commission, said:
“The reporting and imprint requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when parties and campaigners fail to comply. It’s vital that voters are given an opportunity to see accurate and full reportable data on what parties and campaigners spend money on in order to influence them at elections; and also who is targeting them with election material to vote a certain way. The Commission will continue to enforce these requirements on all parties and campaigners to ensure voters have the information they need.”

Investigations where offences were found but no sanction imposed

Name and type of regulated entity What was investigated Decision takenOutcome
Fianna FailLate delivery of 2017 statement of accountsNo sanction. Closed without further action
AspireLate delivery of quarterly donations and loans reportsNo sanction. Closed without further action
Holland on Sea and Eastcliffe MattersLate delivery of 2017 statement of accountsNo sanction. Closed without further action
Greater Manchester Homeless VoiceLate delivery of quarterly donations and loans reportsNo sanction. Closed without further action
LegacyLate delivery of quarterly donations and loans reportsNo sanction. Closed without further action
Bournemouth Independent AllianceLate delivery of quarterly donations and loans reportsNo sanction. Closed without further action
Herne Hill Community and Libraries CampaignLate delivery of quarterly donations and loans reports, annual accountsNo sanction.Closed without further action
Mr Brian ParbuttPaying for campaign expenditure on behalf of the Labour Party at the 2017 UKPGE when not an authorised personNo sanction.Closed without further action
Mr David Page
Incurring campaign expenditure on behalf of the Liberal Democrats at the 2017 UKPGE without the proper authorisation from the party.No sanction. Closed without further action
Mr Anthony HarrisIncurring campaign expenditure on behalf of the Liberal Democrats at the 2017 UKPGE without the proper authorisation from the party.No sanction.Closed without further action

Ends

For more information contact the Electoral Commission press office on 020 7271 0704, out of office hours 07789 920 414 or press@electoralcommission.org.uk

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. This release forms part of the Commission’s regular monthly investigations update, an important part of its commitment to deliver transparency in political finance in the UK. Information of this nature is published routinely on the third Tuesday of each month. View details of our previous sanctions.
  3. Penalties imposed by the Commission go into the Consolidated Fund. This is managed by HM Treasury and not the Electoral Commission.

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