Political party donations and loans published for Q3 2021

Political party donations and loans published for Q3 2021

25 political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland have reported accepting a total of £11,462,233 in donations and public funds in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September), according to figures published today by the Electoral Commission. This compares to £8,974,199 reported in the same period in 2020.

Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation, said:

“Transparency in political finance is important to public confidence and trust in our democratic processes. Over £11 million in donations was accepted by political parties in the third quarter of the year, and these data allow voters to see where that funding came from.”

Political parties are required to submit quarterly donation and loan returns to the Electoral Commission, and to include:

  • donations accepted above the £7,500 threshold (£1,500 for accounting units)
  • smaller donations from a single donor which exceed the reporting threshold when taken together
  • donations which ought to have been reported in previous quarters
  • impermissible donations they have received and the action taken in relation to these.

The 25 political parties that reported donations in quarter three of 2021, including public funds, were:

Party

Total reported

Donations accepted (excl. public funds)

Public funds accepted

Total accepted in this quarter

Alba Party

£20,390

£13,240

£0

£13,240

Alliance - Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

£20,082

£0

£20,082

£20,082

Communist Party of Britain

£12,000

£12,000

£0

£12,000

Conservative and Unionist Party (Great Britain)

£4,190,748

£3,733,826

£407,916

£4,141,741

Conservative and Unionist Party (Northern Ireland)

£15,608

£5,203

£0

£5,203

Co-operative Party

£322,733

£322,733

£0

£322,733

Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P.

£83,409

£0

£83,409

£83,409

Green Party (Great Britain)

£68,355

£21,576

£44,313

£65,889

Green Party (Northern Ireland)

£5,377

£0

£5,377

£5,377

Labour Party

£4,001,536

£1,835,058

£2,159,628

£3,994,686

Liberal Democrats

£1,412,324

£783,334

£601,871

£1,385,205

London Real Party

£196,773

£10,058

£0

£10,058

People Before Profit Alliance

£21,318

£5,250

£4,518

£9,768

Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales

£109,983

£84,000

£25,983

£109,983

Reform UK

£25,000

£25,000

£0

£25,000

Scottish Green Party

£11,485

£0

£5,133

£5,133

Scottish National Party (SNP)

£303,463

£86,097

£216,366

£302,463

SDLP (Social Democratic & Labour Party)

£61,229

£8,000

£53,229

£61,229

Sinn Féin

£85,739

£5,208

£80,531

£85,739

The Reclaim Party

£250,000

£250,000

£0

£250,000

The Socialist Party of Great Britain

£500,000

£500,000

£0

£500,000

Traditional Unionist Voice - TUV

£6,840

£0

£6,840

£6,840

UK Independence Party

£2,853

£2,853

£0

£2,853

Ulster Unionist Party

£23,603

£0

£23,603

£23,603

Women's Equality Party

£20,000

£20,000

£0

£20,000

Total

£11,770,847

£7,723,435

£3,738,798

£11,462,233

The amount that a political party reports to the Commission may be different to the amount it accepts in a quarter. This is because the amount that a party reports can include donations that were returned because they were impermissible and / or donations reported as part of the wrong quarter.

Parties will likely have received other donations, from different individuals or bodies, that are below the thresholds for reporting to the Commission. Taken as a total sum these can amount to substantial sources of income for parties.

Seven parties failed to meet the reporting deadline for this quarter. The Commission will consider each of these matters, as well as donations reported late, in line with its Enforcement Policy, if appropriate. Any sanctions applied will be published at a later date.

In addition, there were £132,000 of new loans reported in the third quarter of 2021. Loans with a value of £12,160 were fully paid off.

The Commission also publishes details of donations accepted by regulated donees. Regulated donees are members of registered political parties, holders of relevant elective office and members associations.

In the third quarter of 2021, £476,302 in donations were accepted by 37 donees. The total includes cash and non-cash donations, as well as donations towards overseas visits. Full details are available on our website.

Type of regulated donee

Value of cash and non-cash donations accepted

Value of donations accepted towards overseas visits

Total value of donations accepted

Mayor

£13,814

0

£13,814

Members Association

£77,729

0

£77,729

MP – Member of Parliament

£369,384

£15,375

£384,759

Totals

£460,927

£15,375

£476,302

 

A summary of donations reported by parties in the third quarter of 2021, including the highest donors and details of late reports, is available on the Commission’s website.

Full details of donations and loan are available on our registers.

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

  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, focussing 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, Scottish and Welsh parliaments.

  1. The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) requires registered parties to report cash and non-cash donations and borrowing to the Electoral Commission on a quarterly basis. Political parties must report all donations and borrowing over £7,500 relating to the central party, or over £1,500 relating to an accounting unit. This includes aggregates of donations and loans from the same source during the calendar year.
  2. As the parties only report donations and loans over these thresholds, the figures do not include all donations and loans to political parties. Donations and loans under these thresholds are recorded in political parties’ annual Statements of Accounts.
  3. Public funds are donations from the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Scottish Parliament and the Electoral Commission. ‘Short’ and ‘Cranborne’ grants are available to parties in opposition in the House of Commons or House of Lords respectively.
  4. Some donations appear on the register as being from the Electoral Commission. These are Policy Development Grants, which were established by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 for parties represented in the Commons by two or more sitting members. The grants are intended to assist parties in developing the policies that they will present in an election manifesto. The legislation provides the total sum of £2 million annually for this purpose.
  5. There were 357 registered political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the third quarter of 2021. 65 were required to submit a quarterly donation report and 50 to submit borrowing information. The remaining political parties have previously submitted four consecutive nil returns. Providing they have not received donations in the last quarter, they are therefore exempt from submitting a report.
  6. More information on what constitutes a regulated donee and their legal reporting requirements is available on our website.
  7. Members of Parliament report their accepted donations to the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.
  8. Members of Scottish Parliament report their accepted donations to the Register of Interests for the Scottish Parliament.
  9. All other regulated donees report their donations directly to us. We then publish this information monthly as part of our role in providing greater transparency in political finance in the UK.