The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Election campaign spending

There are rules that control spending by political parties during regulated periods. This page contains guidance on how to comply with the rules, including the forms that you need.

We have published our guidance for the European Parliamentary elections.

While currently these elections are not due to take place in the UK, this guidance advises parties, candidates and campaigners on the rules should the elections go ahead.

The elections will take place in other EU Member States between Thursday 23 and Sunday 26 May 2019. For the purposes of this guidance, we have assumed that, should the elections go ahead in the UK, polling day would be Thursday 23 May.

If the elections do go ahead, then the regulated period for political parties and non-party campaigners will extend back to 23 January 2019.

Situations & procedures

UK parliamentary general election 2017

This part covers:

  • rules for political parties contesting the UK Parliamentary general election on Thursday 8 June.

Situations & procedures: UK parliamentary general election 2017 (PDF)

Overview

Party campaign spending

This part covers:

  • The types of election spending
  • The regulated period
  • What campaign spending is
  • Managing campaign spending
  • Splitting campaign spending
  • Recording and reporting spending

Overview of party campaign spending (PDF)

Situations & procedures

UK Parliamentary general election 2015 (GB and NI)

This part covers:

  • rules for political parties contesting the 2015 UK Parliamentary General Election in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Situations & procedures: UK Parliamentary general election 2015 (GB and NI) (PDF)

Party or campaigner