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Monthly update - concluded investigations

Published: 16 Apr 2019

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 taken

Outcome

British Resistance (registered party)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts

£300 variable monetary penalty

Due for payment by 24 April 2019

The Entertainment Party (registered party)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts

£200 fixed monetary penalty

Due for payment by 24 April 2019

Taking the Initiative (registered party)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts; late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports

£200 fixed monetary penalty

Due for payment by 3 May 2019

Labour Party (Watford accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts

£200 fixed monetary penalty

Paid on 7 April 2019

Commenting on the fines, Louise Edwards, the Commission’s Director of Regulation, said:

“The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when parties fail to comply. The law clearly states when and how financial data is required to be submitted to the Commission.

“All registered political parties must abide by the same laws, no matter their size. We will continue to enforce these requirements on all parties to ensure voters have the information they need.”

Investigations where offences were found and no sanctions imposed:

Name and type of regulated entity

What was investigated

Decision taken

Outcome

Conservative and Unionist Party (Wells accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts

No sanction

Closed without further action

Liberal Democrats (City of Bradford accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts

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. Details for sanctions from previous months can be found on our website.
  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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