Rules controlling the financial activities of political parties

There are rules that control the financial activities of political parties and other campaigners at major elections and referendums. We ensure that these rules are followed and provide guidance to help those we regulate to comply with the rules. This area of the site provides guidance for: 

If you are a candidate standing for election please visit our area of the website for candidates and agents.

If you are another regulated individual or organisation (such as a holder of a relevant elected office, unincorporated association or members association) please view the overview of rules on donations and loans to other individuals and organisations.

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Changes to data protection rules as a result of the GDPR


On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation came into force in the United Kingdom. This changed the way we manage data provided to us by parties and campaigners, and may affect how you manage the data you hold.

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