Non-party campaigning
Produced in partnership with Rupert Grist of The Electoral Commission
Non-party campaigning

The following Public Law practice note Produced in partnership with Rupert Grist of The Electoral Commission provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Non-party campaigning
  • Outline of the Act
  • Part 2—Non-party campaigning: overview
  • Changes to the definition of controlled expenditure
  • New categories of third parties incurring expenditure for a common purpose
  • Changes to controlled expenditure limits
  • Targeted expenditure
  • New donation reporting requirements
  • Statements of accounts
  • Changes to requirements concerning individual candidates
  • More...

Outline of the Act

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (TLNPCTUAA 2014) makes provision as follows:

  1. Part 1 establishes a register of consultant lobbyists making representations to government, and sets up a registrar to supervise and enforce the registration requirements

  2. Part 2 changes the legal requirements for people or organisations that campaign for candidates or registered political parties

  3. Part 3 changes the legal requirements in relation to trade unions’ obligations to keep their list of members up to date

Part 2—Non-party campaigning: overview

Part 2 of TLNPCTUAA 2014 makes changes to existing legislation governing non-party campaigners at elections, or third parties as they are described in the legislation.

These third parties are individuals or organisations that campaign for candidates or political parties. Just as there are financial controls on candidates (under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (RPA 1983)) and on registered political parties (under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA 2000)), so there are also financial controls on the third parties that campaign for them. The controls on third parties are in section 75 of RPA 1983, s 75 and (more extensively) in PPERA 2000, Pt 6.

Several of the changes under TLNPCTUAA 2014 bring the controls for third parties more closely into line with controls for registered parties. The overall effect is an increase in regulation, albeit

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