Investigation update

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 entity What was investigated Decision taken Outcome
Friends Party (de-registered party) Failure to deliver quarterly donation reports on time 4 x £600 variable monetary penalties Due for payment by 11 March 2019
Scotland's Independence Referendum Party (registered party) Failure to deliver statement of accounts for 2017 £1,000 variable monetary penalty Due for payment by 11 March 2019
Women's Equality Party (registered party) Inaccurate weekly pre-poll reports for 2017 general election and inaccurate quarterly donations report £600 and £250 variable monetary penalties Paid on 23 January 2019
Trade Unionists Against the European Union (permitted participant at the EU referendum) Payment of campaign expenses claim outside 60 days £250 variable monetary penalty Paid on 7 January 2019
Matriarchal Party United Kingdom Great Britain (registered party) Late delivery of statement of accounts for 2017 £200 fixed monetary penalty Paid on 7 January 2019

Commenting on the fines, Louise Edwards, the Commission’s Director of Regulation, said:

The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when parties and campaigners fail to comply. The law clearly states when and how financial data is required to be submitted to the Commission.

We will continue to enforce these requirements on all parties and campaigners to ensure voters have the information they need.


For more information contact the Electoral Commission press office:

  • 020 7271 0704 (Out of office hours: 07789 920 414)

Extra notes

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 Parliament.

  • 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 can be found on our website.
  • Penalties imposed by the Commission go into the Consolidated Fund. This is managed by HM Treasury and not the Electoral Commission.