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
Wandsworth Planning Reform PartyLate delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports£600 variable monetary penaltyPayment due by 30 October 2019
Plumstead PartyLate delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports£300 variable monetary penaltyPaid 30 September 2019
Green Party (Bristol accounting unit)Late delivery of annual accounts£200 fixed monetary penaltyPaid 3 October 2019

 

Quote from Louise Edwards

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

“The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when parties and their accounting units fail to provide accurate reports. 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.”

Other investigations

Investigations where no sanctions were imposed:

Name and type of regulated entityWhat was investigatedDecision takenOutcome
Mossley Independent Community Party (registered political party)Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reportsNo sanctionOffences found. Closed without further action
Independent Alliance (Kent) (registered political party)Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reportsNo sanctionOffences found. Closed without further action
Scotland – Unhyphenated (registered political party)Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reportsNo sanctionOffences found. Closed without further action
British Centre Left Party (registered political party)Late delivery of quarterly transactions reportsNo sanctionOffences found. Closed without further action
Centrum Campaign LtdIncurring expenditure in excess of registration threshold for third party campaignerNo sanctionNo offences 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.