Donations and loans received by political parties and non-party campaigners in the UK in fourth weekly pre-poll report published

Summary

£4,240,897 in donations and £9,171 in loans to political parties have been reported to the Electoral Commission in the fourth weekly pre-poll report, published ahead of the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December.

This compares to £2,296,189 in donations reported in the fourth weekly pre-poll report before the 2017 general election.
In the four pre-poll donations reports published prior to polling day, political parties in the UK reported receiving a combined total of £24,849,324  in donations.


Prior to the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December, registered political parties must submit four weekly reports setting out the donations and loans over £7,500 that they have received between 6 November and 3 December 2019. Two further reports must be submitted after polling day for the period 4 December to 12 December 2019.

Registered non-party campaigners must also submit weekly donation reports setting out the donations they have received over £7,500. This information will be published alongside the political parties’ donations and loans reports.

This is the first UK Parliamentary general election to take place since legislation was introduced to allow information on donations and loans in Northern Ireland to be published. This is therefore the first general election that pre-poll donations and loans reports have been published for parties and non-party campaigners in Northern Ireland. 
 

Political party donations summary

Total donations over £7,500 received by parties during the reporting period from 27 November to 3 December 2019:

PartyTotal
Advance Together£22,750
Conservative and Unionist Party£3,201,965
Green Party£50,000
Labour Party£727,292
Liberal Democrats£80,000
The Brexit Party£125,000

The Democratic Unionist Party – D.U.P. reported receiving £19,425 in public funds. Sinn Féin also reported receiving £14,465 in public funds.

The Labour Party reported a donation of £290,125 that it received in the first reporting period.

Details of the donations over £7,500 reported by all parties in this reporting period are available to view.

To see all donations reported by a particular party in this reporting period, follow the links below: 

Donations received by Advance Together in the fourth pre-poll reporting period are available to view.

Donations received by the Conservative Party in the fourth pre-poll reporting period are available to view

Public funds received by the Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P. in the fourth pre-poll reporting period are available to view.

Donations received by the Green Party in the fourth pre-poll reporting period are available to view.

Donations received by the Labour Party in the fourth pre-poll reporting period are available to view

Donations received by the Liberal Democrats in the fourth pre-poll reporting period are available to view.

Public funds received by Sinn Féin in the fourth pre-poll reporting period are available to view.

Donations received by The Brexit Party in the fourth pre-poll reporting period are available to view.

Non-party campaigner donations summary

Details of donations of over £7,500 received by non-party campaigners received in the reporting period from 27 November to 3 December 2019 are available to view.  

Non-party campaignerTotal
HOPE not hate Ltd £15,000
Make Votes Matter£47,500
More United Ltd£15,000
PV Media Hub Limited (campaign name: Vote for a Final Say)£10,000

 

Loans summary

PartyTotal of new loans
Advance Together£9,171

The Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P. reported a change to the terms of a previously-reported credit facility. It has extended the end of the facility until 30 Nov 2020.

Loans entered into by political parties are also available to view
 

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:

  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  • using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, 
  • aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency

The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

A non-party campaigner is a group that campaigns in the run up to elections but is not a political party and does not stand candidates.

Non-party campaigners must register with us if they plan to spend more than £20k in England or £10k in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. A list of registered non-party campaigners is available.

All registered political parties must submit pre-poll donations reports, unless they have exempted themselves, which they can do if not standing candidates. Failure to do so will be considered in line with our Enforcement Policy. 74 parties were required to report weekly pre-poll reports.

In the pre-poll weekly reports, political parties and non-party campaigners must report donations that they have received during the relevant period. However, they have 30 days after receiving a donation to check that it is from a permissible source and to decide whether to accept it.

Donations over £7,500 accepted by parties during the third quarter (1 July to 30 September) will be published on 26 November.

More information on further pre-poll reporting publications is available on page 27 of our media handbook.