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 entity

What was investigated

Decision taken

Outcome

Labour Party (registered party)

Inaccurate quarterly donations reports

2 x £500 variable monetary penalties

Paid on 13 June 2019

Labour Party (registered party)

Inaccurate spending return for 2017 UKPGE (relating to payments with a value of £21,471 and invoices of £9,450)

£500 and £250 variable monetary penalties

Paid on 13 June 2019

Conservative and Unionist Party (Wakefield accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts

£200 fixed monetary penalty

Paid on 23 May 2019

Commenting on the fines to the Labour Party, Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation, said:

“The reporting requirements are clear, so it is always disappointing when parties – especially well-resourced ones – 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 and how it is spent at elections.

“The Commission will continue to enforce these requirements on all parties and campaigners to ensure that voters have the information they need.”

Further information

Investigations where offences were found and no sanctions imposed:

Name and type of regulated entity

What was investigated

Decision taken

Outcome

Conservative and Unionist Party (Skipton and Ripon accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts

No sanction

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

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