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General election campaign expenditure by political parties has been published by the Electoral Commission. All part...
General election campaign expenditure by political parties has been published by the Electoral Commission. All parties which spent£250,000 or less, and all recognised third parties, were required to submit expenditure returns by the deadline of 7 September 2001.

The Electoral Commission has received returns from 36 political parties in Great Britain, 11 in Northern Ireland and 6 recognised third parties.

The total expenditure for each party and an outline of how the money was spent can be found on the commission's website. Details of donations to third parties and their controlled expenditure are also on the site.

Campaign expenditure returns from parties spending over£250,000 must be made to the Commission by 7th December 2001.


1. A controlled third party is a person or body which campaigns on behalf of one or more registered political parties or a particular category of candidates (for example those that hold or advocate a particular policy or opinion). The Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 restricts the amount that a third party can spend on campaigning for the electoral success of registered parties or candidates.

2. Full details of the returns can be viewed at the Electoral Commission offices.

3. The Electoral Commission was established on 30 November 2000 by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (PPERA). It is independent of government and aims to ensure openness and transparency in the financial affairs of Britain's political parties, and to increase public confidence and participation in the democratic process.

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