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Political party funding: sources and regulations

Published Monday, January 11, 2016

This Commons Library Briefing paper introduces the main sources of funding for political parties and the rules applying to their use.

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Political parties fund their activities through public funding, donations, loans and membership fees. Funding regulations apply to political parties but also to candidates and certain other individuals and organisations, including Members of Parliament. There are also rules about the spending and funding of third parties that contribute to political campaigns.

Commons Briefing papers SN07137

Author: Elise Uberoi

Topics: Elections, Political parties

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