Non-party campaigners: UK Parliamentary general elections

Meaning of ‘the public’

The meaning of ‘the public’ will need to be considered in relation to the following campaign activities when determining whether spending on the activity is regulated:

  • canvassing and market research of the public
  • public rallies and events
  • the production or publication of material

‘The public’ has no statutory definition and therefore needs to be considered in its ordinary meaning.


The following pages provide detail on the above activities and how you will need to consider the involvement of the public for each one.

Last updated: 24 November 2023