The Tories and the Electoral Commission

Waiting for Godot

Here’s what section 146(1) of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (the “Act”) provides:

The Commission may by notice require the relevant person in the case of any supervised organisation…—

(a) to produce, for inspection by the Commission or a person authorised by the Commission, any such books, documents or other records relating to the income and expenditure of the organisation or individual as the Commission may reasonably require for the purposes of the carrying out by them of their functions…

From this Electoral Commission statement it appears that the Commission did make such a request:

The Commission issued the Conservative and Unionist Party with two statutory notices requiring the provision of material relevant to its investigation.

Subsection 146(5) provides:

A person commits an offence if he fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any requirement imposed under this section.

From the Electoral Commission statement it appears that the relevant…

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