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:
 

Name and type of regulated entityWhat was investigatedOffences foundDecision taken
Plaid Cymru (registered political party)Failure to notify Commission of a change to the registered treasurer and second officer of an accounting unit by the due dateFailure to notify Commission of a change to the registered treasurer and second officer of an accounting unit by the due date2 x £375 variable monetary penalties. Due for payment by 9 July 2020
English National Party (registered political party)Late delivery of 2018 statement of accountsLate delivery of 2018 statement of accounts£350 variable monetary penalty due for payment by 8 July 2020
Scottish Unionist Association Trust (unincorporated association and members association)Failure to report a donation by deadlineFailure to report a donation by deadline£300 variable monetary penalty. Paid on 9 June 2020.
Stand up to Racism (non-party campaigner)Failure to include valid imprint on campaign material at 2019 Newport West Parliamentary by-electionFailure to include valid imprint on campaign material at 2019 Newport West Parliamentary by-election£300 variable monetary penalty. Paid on 25 May 2020
Conservative and Unionist Party (North Ayshire and Arran accounting unit)Late delivery of 2018 statement of accountsLate delivery of 2018 statement of accountsNo sanction. Closed without further action
Aontú (registered political party)Late delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UKPGELate delivery of weekly donations and transactions reports for 2019 UKPGENo sanction. Closed without further action

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

“The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when parties and members associations fail to provide timely reports. It is vital that voters are given an opportunity to see full, accurate data on where their 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.”

The Commission has also concluded an investigation into Ecotricity (an unregistered non-party campaigner), Mr Dale Vince (the director of Ecotricity) and CR Signs Limited (the printer) regarding a potential failure to include a valid imprint on campaign material at the 2019 UK Parliamentary General Election. The Commission determined that Mr Vince committed no offence and made no determination of offences in relation to Ecotricity and CR Signs (Stroud) Limited. 

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.