£3.247m in donations to political parties have been reported to the Electoral Commission in the first weekly pre-poll report, published ahead of the UK Parliamentary general election on 4 July.

Political party donations summary:

Total donations over £11,180 received by parties during the reporting period from 30 May to 5 June 2024:

PartyDonations received (excl. public funds)Public funds receivedTotal
Climate Party (Opens in new window)£25,000£0£25,000
Conservative and Unionist Party (GB) (Opens in new window)£574,918£22,453£597,372
Co-operative Party (Opens in new window)£120,000£0£120,000
Labour Party (Opens in new window)£926,908£652,411£1,579,319
Liberal Democrats (Opens in new window)£454,999£108,308£563,307
Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales (Opens in new window)£0£33,194£33,194
Reform UK (Opens in new window)£140,000£0£140,000
Scottish National Party (Opens in new window)£127,998£36,305£164,303
Social Democratic Party (Opens in new window)£25,000£0£25,000
Total£2,394,823£852,671£3,247,495

Louise Edwards, Director of Regulation and Digital Transformation, said:

“This is the first of the pre-poll weekly reports, which we publish in the lead up to the general election.

“We know that voters are interested in where parties get their money from, and these publications are an important part of delivering transparency for voters. While there is no limit to what parties can raise, there are spending limits in place ahead of elections to ensure a level playing field.”

Prior to the UK Parliamentary general election, registered political parties must submit four weekly reports setting out the donations and loans over £11,180 that they have received between 30 May and 26 June 2024. Two further reports must be submitted after polling day for the period 27 June to 4 July 2024.

In the pre-poll weekly reports, political parties and non-party campaigners must report donations that they have received during the relevant period. However, they have 30 days after receiving a donation to check that it is from a permissible source and to decide whether to accept it.

The threshold for political parties reporting donations to the Commission increased in January 2024. Following a change in law by the UK Government, parties are required to report donations over £11,180 (previously £7,500).

No political parties entered into loans or credit facilities of over £11,180 during this reporting period.

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. They work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:

    • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
    • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
    • using their expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency

    The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the Welsh, Scottish and UK parliaments.

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