Monthly update - concluded investigations

Summary

Details of the investigations concluded in the last month have been published today by the Electoral Commission. This is an important part of delivering transparency in political finance in the UK.

Investigations where offences were found and sanctions imposed:

Name and type of regulated entityWhat was investigatedDecision takenOutcome
National Conservative Draws Society (unincorporated association)Failure to provide notifications of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000£750 variable monetary penaltyPayment due by 26 December 2019
UK Independence Party (UKIP)Inaccurate weekly donations reports for 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election£400 variable monetary penaltyPaid on 28 November 2019
Croydon Council Conservative Group (unincorporated association)Failure to provide notifications of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000£350 variable monetary penaltyPaid 2 on December 2019
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Councillors (unincorporated association)Failure to provide notifications of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000£300 variable monetary penaltyPayment due by 26 December 2019

Comment

Commenting on the fines imposed, Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation, said: 

“The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when parties and unincorporated associations fail to report their donations. It is vital that voters are given an opportunity to see full, accurate data on where parties’ money comes from.

“The Commission will continue to enforce these requirements on all parties and campaigners to ensure that voters have the information they need.”
 

Investigations where no sanctions were imposed:

Name and type of regulated entityWhat was investigatedDecision takenOutcome
Animal Welfare Party (NI) (registered political party)Late delivery of 2016, 2017 and 2018 statement of accountsNo sanctionNo offences found. Closed without further action
Cross-Community Labour Alternative (registered political party)Late delivery of 2017 statement of accountsNo sanctionOffences found. Closed without further action
Friends of Rochford (registered political party)Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports; late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts' failure to notify Commission of a change in registered officer by due dateNo sanctionNo offences found. Closed without further action
Grassroots Out Limited (permitted participant at the EU referendum)Inaccurate pre-poll reports for EU referendum; inaccurate spending report No sanctionOffences found. Closed without further action
Labour Party (Eltham accounting unit)Inaccurate quarterly transactions reportsNo sanctionNo determination of offence. Closed without further action
Our Nation (registered political party)Late delivery of quarterly loans and transactions reportsNo sanctionOffences found. Closed without further action

Ends

For more information contact the Electoral Commission press office on 020 7271 0704, out of office hours 07789 920 414 or press@electoralcommission.org.uk
 

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.

This release forms part of the Commission’s regular monthly investigations update, an important part of its commitment to deliver transparency in political finance in the UK. Information of this nature is published routinely on the third Tuesday of each month. Details for sanctions from previous months are available.

Penalties imposed by the Commission go into the Consolidated Fund. This is managed by HM Treasury and not the Electoral Commission.