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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.

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.

Read our guidance for the UK parliamentary general election 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

Reporting dates

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.

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