The Electoral Commission

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

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Non-party campaigners

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.

Changes to the law

The UK government has changed the law on the types of entities that can register with us as a non-party campaigner. From the date of the UK’s departure from the EU, the following organisations can no longer register:

  • companies incorporated in another EU member state
  • individuals and organisations based in Gibraltar

Unregistered individuals and organisations can only spend up to £20,000 in England, and £10,000 in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, on regulated campaign activity during a regulated period.

It remains possible for the UK government to defer, revoke or change these new laws. Anyone proposing to carry out regulated campaign activity in the UK must make sure that they know the up to date position before spending more than the legal limit. We will update our website as soon as we know more.

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2019 European Parliamentary election – notification of lead campaigner arrangements between non-party campaigners

On 15 May 2019 the Commission received a notification of lead campaigner arrangements including the following details:

Lead campaigner: Open Britain Ltd

Minor campaigner: European Movement of the United Kingdom Ltd

Minor campaigner: Our Future Our Choice

Minor campaigner: For our Future's Sake

Minor campaigner: Wales for Europe

Party or campaigner