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Thread #165570   Message #4016307
Posted By: Iains
31-Oct-19 - 07:08 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
The conservative party have reported momentum to the Electoral Commission. Tory vice-chairman Paul Scully has written to the Electoral Commission to raise their concerns about Momentum’s failure to register as a non-party campaigner for the upcoming election. In less than 12 hours, Momentum claimed they’ve already raised £100,000.

If a non-party campaigner intends to spend more than £20,000, the law requires that they should be registered with the Electoral Commission. Momentum have already been spending money over the last couple of months so could well have already committed a technical breach. The law clearly states that under Political Parties Elections Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) non-party campaigners are required to register with the Electoral Commission if they incur ‘controlled expenditure’ over a prescribed threshold during the ‘regulated period’ prior to an election. We are now in the regulated ‘long campaign’.
I wonder how long it takes the electoral commission to react?

It should be pointed out that The electoral watchdog has been accused of anti-Brexit bias for having raided Nigel Farage's party HQ within hours of Gordon Brown demanding an investigation back in May.

No doubt many will be watching.