2017 general election donations to Richmond Park MP

Felix Thompson made this Freedom of Information request to Electoral Commission

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Dear Electoral Commission,

I would like to know who the specific donors were to Zac Goldsmith's General Election bid in 2017, and the amount given.

Yours faithfully,

Felix Thompson

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Felix,

 

Our Ref: FOI 012/18

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act dated 25
January 2018 concerning:

 

I would like to know who the specific donors were to Zac Goldsmith's
General Election bid in 2017, and the amount given.

 

The Commission aims to respond to requests for information promptly and
within the statutory timeframe of twenty working days.

 

You may expect to receive a reply sent from the Commission by 22 February
2018.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Humayra Siddika

Information Management Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

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FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Felix,

 

Our Ref: FOI 012/18

 

Thank you for your email to the Electoral Commission dated 25 January
2018.

 

The Commission aims to respond to requests for information promptly and
has done so within the statutory timeframe of twenty working days.

 

Your request is in bold below followed by our response.

 

I would like to know who the specific donors were to Zac Goldsmith's
General Election bid in 2017, and the amount given.

 

Our response is as follows:

We hold copies of returns of candidate spending. We have published
summaries of the spending of all candidates at the 2017 UK Parliamentary
General Election on our website here:

[1]http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__...

All candidates who contested the general election had to submit their
returns of candidate spending, including a statement of donations
accepted, and along with the appropriate invoices and receipts, to the
Returning Officer within 35 days of the declaration of the result. The
Returning Officer is the primary holder of this information and has a duty
to make the returns available for inspection.

 

For that reason, we consider this information is exempt under Section 21
as the information is publicly available elsewhere.

 

You should contact the Returning Officer to arrange to inspect the returns
and supporting documentation from the candidates. Returning Officers are
specified in the RPA 1983, section 24 for England and Wales, section 25
for Scotland and section 26 for Northern Ireland. In England and Wales the
specified RO is often a ceremonial office-holder – Sherriff or Mayor – and
so, in practice, an (Acting) Returning Officer is appointed to be
responsible for managing the administration of the election.

 

The Acting Returning Officer for a local authority is normally a senior
paid officer, in most cases the Chief Executive, a Director or senior
lawyer.

 

I recommend that you address any request to ‘The (Acting) Returning
Officer for the relevant constituency.

 

Under section 21, information is exempt from disclosure if it is publicly
available elsewhere. Information is taken to be reasonably accessible if
it is information which the other authority is obliged by legislation to
make publicly available. Under section 88 of the Representation of the
People Act 1983, Returning Officers need to make the returns available for
public inspection. The ICO recognises that although something may only be
available for public inspection, it will still be reasonably accessible.
The Commission considers the legislative right of access to this
information is through the relevant Returning Officer.

I trust that this information satisfies your request. The Commission
strives to be an open, transparent authority, but in some circumstances we
cannot responsibly release requested information, and we ask for your
understanding in this regard.

If you are not satisfied with this response, please note that the
Commission operates a review procedure, details of which can be found on
the Commission website at:
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Please also note that if you have exhausted all internal Commission review
procedures and you are still not satisfied you have the right to appeal to
the Information Commissioner. Details of this procedure can be found on
the ICO website: [3]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Humayra Siddika

Information Management Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

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[5]yourvotematters.co.uk

 

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