Monthly update – concluded investigations

Monthly update – concluded investigations

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 we found offences:

Name and type of regulated entity What was investigated Offences or contraventions found Decision taken
All for Unity (formerly registered political party) Failure to deliver campaign spending return for 2021 Scottish Parliament election Failure to deliver campaign spending return for 2021 Scottish Parliament election

No sanction

Closed without further action
Failure to deliver quarterly donations and transactions reports Failure to deliver quarterly donations and transactions reports

No sanction

Closed without further action

 

British Resistance (registered political party) Failure to deliver annual statement of accounts Failure to deliver annual statement of accounts

No sanction

Closed without further action
Late notification to change the registered treasurer Late notification to change the registered treasurer

No sanction

Closed without further action

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

“Compliance with the political finance laws is important in retaining transparency in the system. It is right that where there are reasonable grounds to suspect an offence, we investigate to establish whether or not one took place.

“Where we find that offences have been committed, we do not automatically impose sanctions. We act proportionately and take into consideration a range of factors when reaching our final decisions, as set out in our Enforcement Policy.”

Investigations where we found no offences:

Name and type of regulated entity What was investigated Offences found Decision taken
Conservative and Unionist Party (Peterborough accounting unit) Failure to return an impermissible donation within 30 days No offence 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

1. 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.

2. 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.

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