Conservative Party Membership 2011-2012

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From: Leah Jennings

6 July 2012

Dear Electoral Commission,

I would like to know the total number of registered Conservative
Party members in Britain in 2011 and 2012.

Yours faithfully,

Leah Jennings

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Electoral Commission

6 July 2012

Dear Leah Jennings

Our Ref: FOI 35/12

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act received today, 5th July 2012 regarding:

I would like to know the total number of registered Conservative
Party members in Britain in 2011 and 2012.

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 3rd August 2012

Yours sincerely

Jo Crofton-Diggins
Information Manager
The Electoral Commission
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Electoral Commission

13 July 2012

Dear Leah Jennings,

Our Ref: FOI 35/12

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 dated Friday 6 July 2012.

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.

You have requested:

I would like to know the total number of registered Conservative Party members in Britain in 2011 and 2012.

Our response is as follows:

Although a number of political parties record their membership in their annual statement of accounts, the Conservative Party does not record the number of members in its annual statement of accounts.

However, a number of the Conservative Party's accounting units do include details of membership in their own statements of accounts. Accounting units are constituent or affiliated organisations that are responsible for their own financial affairs separately from those of the party's central organisation.

We publish the statement of accounts of accounting units whose income or expenditure for the financial year is greater than £25,000. You can find copies of these on our website; https://pefonline.electoralcommission.or... As only some of the party's accounting units submit their accounts to us, it is not possible to aggregate the figures for the entire party.

The membership details contained within these statements of accounts are for the financial year ending 31 December 2011. Accounts for 2012 are not due to be submitted to us until next year.

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: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/ab...
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: http://www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

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