Category Archives: party funding

Electoral Commission launches consultation on election spending

By Bob Posner, Director of Political Finance and Regulation and Legal Counsel Today we’ve launched our new consultation on the Codes of Practice on election spending for candidates and political parties. We want your input to make sure they’re comprehensive, promote … Continue reading

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When does an allegation result in an investigation?

Recent reports in the media have thrown a spotlight on the Electoral Commission’s investigations into the spending returns submitted by registered campaigners at the EU Referendum. As the regulator of political finance in the UK, it is proper that the decisions we take are open to scrutiny. Continue reading

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Enhancing and ensuring transparency in political party finance

Party finance and registration is central to the Commission’s remit to ensure fairness and transparency in the political system. Making information available on party accounts, spending and donations is at the heart of having a fair and open democracy. Continue reading

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Are the UK’s elections fit for purpose? We must avoid complacency to stop a perfect storm from forming

On Wednesday night, our Chair, Sir John Holmes, gave a speech to the Institute for Government on the state of the British electoral system. Continue reading

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Never underestimate the power of the ballot box

2016 has been the year that democracy reasserted itself. In June, voters across the UK took part in a historic referendum, the outcome of which has profoundly changed our relationships with 27 other nations. Last month, after an 18 month … Continue reading

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Money in politics – a global perspective

The topic of ‘money in politics’ is not exclusively relevant to the United Kingdom. Internationally, the issues of concern for regulators around the world are broadly consistent, but priorities differ depending on the particular political, democratic and socio-democratic context of … Continue reading

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