Detailed and complex investigations

When an investigation is more detailed or complex, or where we believe it involves significant issues of public interest, we will publish case summaries. These cases are available above.

Closed investigations

We publish information about recently closed investigations every month. These tables include the possible offence(s) we investigated, what we found, and what action we took. If you are looking for information on investigations not included here, please contact us

 

April 2019 - Present

Last updated on 21 January 2020.

SubjectInvestigated forDecisionSummary of reasons(s)
Go Movement Limited

(permitted participant at EU referendum)
Failure to submit an accurate referendum spending return; failure to submit a declaration of notional expenditure; failure to report referendum expenses incurred as part of a common plan; Failure to submit a declaration of notional expenditure; Failure to report referendum expenses incurred as part of a common plan.

Offence.

£400 (variable monetary penalty).

Due for payment by 12 February 2020.

The investigation found that there had been a failure to submit an accurate referendum spending return. Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Green Party

(registered political party)
 
Failure to notify Commission of a change in registered accounting unit officer by due date.

Offence.

£400 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid 13 January 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
The Entertainment Party

(registered political party)
Late delivery of 2018 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£350 (variable monetary penalty).

Due for payment by 10 February 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Black Country Party

(registered political party)
Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid 9 January 2020.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
Carlton Club

(members association)
Failure to return a donation from an impermissible donor within 30 days of receipt; Failure to deliver a donation report within 30 days of acceptance. 

No offences.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

Following an investigation, the Commission was satisfied that no offences were committed.
Sovereign Republic

(registered political party)
Failure to deliver 2018 statement of accounts.

No determination of offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

The Commission opened an investigation, but made no determination of offence as it was not in the public interest to pursue the matter further. The party has been statutorily deregistered. 
National Conservative Draws Society

(unincorporated association)
Failure to provide notifications of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000.

Offences.

£750 (variable monetary penalty).

Payment due by 26 December 2019.
 

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
 
UK Independence Party (UKIP)

(registered political party)
Failure to deliver accurate weekly donations reports for 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election.

Offence.

£400 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid on 28 November 2019.
 

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
 
Croydon Council Conservative Group

(unincorporated association)
Failure to provide notifications of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000.

Offences.

£350 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid 2 December 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
 
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Councillors

(unincorporated association)
Failure to provide notifications of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000.

Offences.

£300 (variable monetary penalty).

Payment due by 26 December 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.
 
Cross-Community Labour Alternative

(registered political party)
 
Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.
 

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
 
Grassroots Out Limited

(permitted participant at EU referendum)
Inaccurate pre-poll reports for EU referendum; inaccurate spending report.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The Commission was satisfied that there were mitigating factors involved and did not impose a sanction in this case.
 
Our Nation

(registered political party)
Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The party delivered the reports late, but the Commission was satisfied that there were mitigating factors and did not impose a sanction. The party has been statutorily deregistered.
Friends of Rochford

(registered political party)
Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports; Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts; Failure to notify Commission of a change in registered officer by due date.
 

No offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

The reports, accounts and notification were delivered late, but mitigating factors meant that no sanction was imposed.
Animal Welfare Party

(registered political party)
Late delivery of 2016, 2017 and 2018 statements of accounts.
 

No offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

Following an investigation, the Commission was satisfied that no offence was committed.
 
Labour Party

(Eltham accounting unit)
Failure to delivery accurate quarterly transactions report.
 

No determination of offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

The Commission opened an investigation, but made no determination of offence due to the time elapsed since the alleged failures occurred.

Renew

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid 11 October 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.

Unity in Action

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid 11 November 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.

Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Independents

(registered political party)

Late delivery of 2018 annual accounts.

No offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, however the investigation concluded that there was a reasonable excuse for the failure involved.

Wandsworth Planning Reform Party

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

£600 (variable monetary penalty).

Payment due by 30 October 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.

Plumstead Party

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

£300 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid 30 September 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.

Green Party

(Bristol accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 annual accounts.

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid 3 October 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.

Mossley Independent Community Party

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The party delivered the reports late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanctions were imposed.

Independent Alliance (Kent)

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The reports were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanctions were imposed.

Scotland - Unhyphenated

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The reports were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanctions were imposed.

British Centre Left Party

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly transactions report.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The report was delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanction was imposed.

Centrum Campaign Ltd

(registered third party campaigner)

Incurring expenditure in excess of registration threshold for third party campaigner.

No offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

An investigation was conducted as to whether Centrum Campaign Ltd had incurred expenditure in excess of the registration threshold for third party campaigners, and concluded that no offence had been committed.

Wake Up and Vote

(permitted participant in the EU referendum)

Failure to submit a return containing a statement of all payments made in respect of referendum expenses.

Offence.

£1,800 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid 17 September 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.

Scottish Unionist Association Trust

(unincorporated association / members association)

Failure to provide notification of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000; Failure to deliver donation reports on time as a members association.

Offences.

Penalties totalling £1,800 (£1,300, £250 and £250 variable monetary penalties).

Paid on initial notice on 5 August 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.

Ealing Council Labour Group

(unincorporated association)

Failure to provide notification of gifts to a political party exceeding £25,000.

Offence.

£300 variable monetary penalty.

Paid on 16 August 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.

Southampton Independents

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The reports were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanctions were imposed. The party has voluntarily deregistered.

Legacy

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offences.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The reports were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanctions were imposed. The party has voluntarily deregistered.

Aspire

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations report.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The reports were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanctions were imposed.

DDB UK Limited

(permitted participant in the EU Referendum)

Failure to submit a return containing a statement of all payments made in respect of referendum expenses.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

DDB UK Limited failed to properly report spending on a joint campaign with Wake Up And Vote, but DDB had already been fined for this offence in relation to inaccuracies previously identified. No further sanction could therefore be imposed.

We Are Europe

(permitted participant in the EU Referendum)

Failure to submit a return containing a statement of all payments made in respect of referendum expenses.

No offence.

N/A.

Closed without further action.

The Commission investigated whether WAE had failed to report spending on a joint campaign with others, but concluded that it had not been part of the joint campaign in question. Therefore no reporting of joint spending was required and no offence was committed.

The Commission concluded three investigations into failures to comply with PPERA by three regulated donees, relating to donations accepted prior to 1 July 2017. It has imposed penalties of £250, £300 and £600 on these three regulated donees. The deadline for payment or appeal is 9 September 2019.

Conservative Party

(Beckenham accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£400 (variable monetary penalty).

Due for payment by 26 August 2019. Not paid within 56 days, increased to £600.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Liberal Democrats

(Southwark accounting unit)

 

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£400 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid on 6 August.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Michelle McIlveen MLA

(regulated donee)

 

Failure to deliver donation report within 30 days of acceptance of donations.
 

Offence.

£200 fixed monetary penalty.

Paid on initial notice on 2 July 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

William Humphrey MLA

(regulated donee)

Failure to deliver donation report within 30 days of acceptance of donations.

Offence.

£200 fixed monetary penalty.

Paid on initial notice on 2 July 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Jonathan Buckley MLA

(regulated donee)

Failure to deliver donation report within 30 days of acceptance of donations.

Offence.

£200 fixed monetary penalty.

Paid on initial notice on 1 July 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

South Yorkshire Save our NHS

(registered political party)

Late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The reports were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanctions were imposed. The party has voluntarily deregistered.

Mr Andrea Venzon


(London region candiate, European Parliamentary election, May 2019)

Failure to return donations from impermissible donors within 30 days.

No determination of offence.

Voluntary forfeiture of donations.

Mr Venzon accepted donations from 12 impermissible donors towards his European Parliamentary election campaign, with a total value of £1,360. The Commission accepted the voluntary forfeiture of the full value of the donations.

Britain First

(registered political party)

Failure to comply with a statutory notice; failure to deliver audit report for accounts; failure to maintain accounting records; failure to deliver accurate quarterly donations reports.

Offences.

Penalties totalling £44,200 (£20,000; £5,500; £11,000; and £7,700 variable monetary penalties).

Due for payment by 16 July 2019. Payment by instalments agreed.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Scottish National Party

(Moray Constituency accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid on initial notice on 18 June 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Plaid Cymru

(Grŵp San Steffan / Westminster accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2015, 2016 and 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanctions were imposed.

Labour Party

(registered party)

Failure to deliver accurate quarterly donations reports.

Offences.

Penalties totalling £1,000 (£500 and £500 variable monetary penalties).

Paid on 13 June 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Labour Party

(registered party)

Failure to deliver compliant spending return for 2017 UKPGE.

Offences.

Penalties totalling £750 (£500 and £250 variable monetary penalties).

Paid on 13 June 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Conservative and Unionist Party

(Wakefield accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid on initial notice on 23 May 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Conservative and Unionist Party

(Skipton and Ripon accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanction was imposed.

Liberal Democrats

(Kensington and Chelsea accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid on initial notice on 25 April 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Liberal Democrats

(Camborne, Redruth and Hayle accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid on initial notice on 25 April 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Scottish Democratic Alliance

(registered political party)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid 10 July 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

British Resistance
(registered political party)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£300 (variable monetary penalty).

Paid on 23 April 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

The Entertainment Party
(registered political party)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Due for payment by 3 May 2019. Not paid within 56 days, increased to £300. Paid on 13 August 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Taking the Initiative
(registered party)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts; late delivery of quarterly donations and transactions reports

Offences.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid on 23 April 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

Labour Party
(Watford accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

£200 (fixed monetary penalty).

Paid on 7 April 2019.

Sanctions were appropriate in this case, in line with our enforcement policy.

 

Conservative and Unionist Party (Wells accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanction was imposed.

Liberal Democrats
(City of Bradford accounting unit)

Late delivery of 2017 statement of accounts.

Offence.

No sanction.

Closed without further action.

The accounts were delivered late, but there were mitigating factors involved so no sanction was imposed.

 

 

April 2018 - March 2019