Monthly update – concluded investigations

Summary

Details of the investigation 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.

Investigation where an offence was found:
 

Name and type of regulated entityWhat was investigatedOffences foundDecision taken
Best for Luton Party (deregistered political party)Late delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UKPGELate delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UKPGE2 x £200 fixed monetary penalties imposed. Paid on 8 March 2021

Commenting on the concluded investigation, Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation, said: 

“The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when they are not met. It is vital that voters have the opportunity to see timely data on how parties receive their money.

"The Commission will continue to enforce these requirements to ensure that voters have the information they need.”

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, Welsh, 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.