Party spending and pre-poll donations and loans: UK Parliamentary general election

Campaign spending

Campaign spending is what the party spends on certain activities to promote itself or its candidates, or criticise other parties, during the regulated period. 

Campaign spending includes any items or services used during the regulated period, including:

  • items or services bought before the regulated period begins, but used during it
  • items or services given to the party free of charge or at a non-commercial discount of more than 10% and then used in your campaign (see Notional spending)

All party spending must be reported to the Electoral Commission after the election.1

Last updated: 28 November 2023