On this page you will find guidance and information for individuals and organisations that campaign in the run up to elections but do not stand as political parties or candidates.
We call these individuals and organisations non-party campaigners. In electoral law they are called third parties.
There are rules non-party campaigners must follow on campaign spending, donations and reporting. We regulate those rules.
In the run-up to certain elections, there is a set time when the rules on spending and donations apply. We call this time the 'regulated period'. The rules will differ depending on which election is being held.
Elections in 2017
A UK parliamentary general election (UKPGE) has been announced. The election will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017. The regulated period for non-party campaigners is 365 days from polling day. The regulated period therefore started on 9 June 2016 and ends on 8 June 2017.
Registration as a non-party campaigner ahead of the June 2017 UK Parliamentary general election
You need to register with us if you plan to you plan 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.
Whilst we process all registrations as quickly as possible, undertaking our necessary assessment process means that a decision on any new registration will not be granted immediately. You should ensure that you lodge your registration with us in good time for us to undertake this assessment before you spend over the threshold
Dates for pre-poll reporting
Pre poll reporting will apply to non-party campaigners and the reporting dates are:
Date of dissolution of UK Parliament - 3 May 2017
Polling day - Thursday 8 June 2017
|Weekly reporting period||Reporting period dates||Deadline for submission|
|Week 1||3 May to 9 May||16 May 2017|
|Week 2||10 May to 16 May||23 May 2017|
|Week 3||17 May to 23 May||30 May 2017|
|Week 4||24 May to 30 May||6 June 2017|
|Week 5||31 May to 6 June||13 June 2017|
|Week 6||7 June to 8 June||15 June 2017|
Non-party campaigners that campaigned at all elections in 2017, including the Northern Ireland Assembly election in March 2017 elections should read our guidance.
2017 UK Parliamentary general election – notification of lead campaigner arrangements between non-party campaigners
On 7 June 2017 the Commission received a notification of lead campaigner arrangements including the following details:
Lead campaigner: National Union of Teachers
Minor campaigner: Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Minor campaigner: GMB
Minor campaigner: National Association of Head Teachers
This information forms part of National Union of Teachers’ entry on the register of non-party campaigners which is available here.