Donations to Conservative Party

Colin Hamilton made this Freedom of Information request to Electoral Commission

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Dear Electoral Commission,
Please would you let me have a list of all donations to the Conservative Party from 2005 to the present from all individuals and organisations/businesses based in West Sussex.
With thanks

Yours faithfully,
Colin Hamilton

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Colin,

 

Our Ref: FOI 191/17

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act dated 04
December 2017, concerning:

 

Please would you let me have a list of all donations to the Conservative
Party from 2005 to the present from all individuals and
organisations/businesses based in West Sussex.

 

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 05 January
2018.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Humayra Siddika

Information Management Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

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[2]yourvotematters.co.uk

 

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FOI, Electoral Commission

FOI 191/17

 

Dear Louise,

 

The Commission has received the following FOI request:

 

Please would you let me have a list of all donations to the Conservative
Party from 2005 to the present from all individuals and
organisations/businesses based in West Sussex.

 

For information, here is a link to the [1]FOI Internal Procedure 

 

You have been identified as the MT member responsible for preparing the
response and ensuring that it is sent out to the requester as soon as
possible and within the 20 working days statutory deadline for FOI
requests. For this request the 20 working day deadline falls on 05/01/2018
but we should aim to get the response out in advance of that date if
possible.

 

If you are not the right MT member to lead on this request, it is your
responsibility to pass on the request to that person as a matter of
urgency.

 

Please update the FOI log every Friday with details of the progress in
responding to the request.  This should include the risk level and who is
involved in preparing the response. 

 

o If Third Party consultation is required, please ensure that this is
done at the earliest opportunity, preferably by the end of day 3. This
will ensure little hold up in made in preparing the response.
o If you decide that this FOI is deemed high risk, please inform me as
soon as possible so that we can plan a realistic schedule to meet the
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Please insert your answer to the request into this relevant [2]FOI
Response Letter Template.docx

 

Once the draft has been completed, and approved if it is a higher risk
request, please send it to the Information Management team who will send
the response out to the requester.

 

All emails and documents that need to be retained as a record of the
Commission’s actions in responding to the request should be stored in this
folder: Skynet/DM/Functions/Information Management/FOI DPA
Requests/Donations to Conservative Party.

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are there ready for review in the event of a request for internal review
of an FOI response, or a request for information from the Information
Commissioner’s Office.

 

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Please get back to me with any questions.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Humayra Siddika

Information Management Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ
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Dear FOI,

May I assume that you will be responding to my FOI request in the near future?

Yours sincerely,

Colin Hamilton

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Colin,

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Unfortunately, there has been a slight processing delay for this request. We will try to get back to you with a response as soon as possible.

Many thanks for your patience.

Kind Regards,
Humayra

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FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Colin,

 

Our Ref: FOI 191/17

 

Thank you for your email to the Electoral Commission dated 04 December
2017.

 

The Commission aims to respond to requests for information promptly and
regrets that on this occasion we have not done so.

 

Your request is in bold below followed by our response.

 

Please would you let me have a list of all donations to the Conservative
Party from 2005 to the present from all individuals and
organisations/businesses based in West Sussex.

 

Our response is as follows:

 

We may hold the information you have requested.

The requested information may already be published under statute, the
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA), and is
readily available for the public access as described below, therefore the
Commission considers this information to be exempt under s. 21(2) (b) of
the Freedom of Information Act.

Under the PPERA there are controls on which donations a political party
can accept. These controls apply to political parties that are registered
in Great Britain. Certain donations must be recorded and reported to us.
We publish these reports in a register on our website. Members of the
public can access and search this register. Consequently, all the
information regarding any relevant donations to the Conservative and
Unionist Party that has been requested within this FOI request may have
been published on our website and be in the public domain. You can access
and view details of donations using our PEF online system [1]here. The
details that are displayed from a search of PEF online can be downloaded
as a CSV file and saved in MS Excel and then searched for any donations in
West Sussex.

 

I trust that this information satisfies your request. The Commission
strives to be an open, transparent authority. 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:
[2]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: [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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Dear FOI,
Thank you for responding, but you did not answer the question and have not helped me at all to find it. There is no active link and for an unitiated person it is virtually impossible to find the answer. I have to say that i was not holding my breath.
Colin Hamilton

Yours sincerely,

Colin Hamilton

Dear FOI,
Please would you let me have a link that DIRECTS me to this information?
Thank you
Colin Hamilton

Yours sincerely,

Colin Hamilton

FOI, Electoral Commission

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Dear Colin Hamilton,
 
This information is not available via a single link as it is not available
as a single data set.  The Electoral Commission does give you a search
engine where you can search and retrieve this information from our online
public access database.
 
To aid your searching if you follow the link below
 
[1]http://search.electoralcommission.org.uk/
 
This takes you to our public access search page.  Untick the regulated
groups that you are not interested in and select the type of search you
wish to do.
 
You can enter the Party Name in the search box
 
Then click on the down arrow to expand the filter selection.   You can
choose to search all or limited time periods or specify a date range as
well as apply other filters as shown below to broaden or limit your
search.  Illustrated below is a very broad search.
 
 
 
This will give you in the results a list of donations, to limit further
you should use the export to CSV option, an open access spreadsheet
format.  Once you have downloaded the excel spreadsheet you can filter by
the Red'd Auth (Received Authority) column to West Sussex to reach the
results that you seek.
 
 
The information in this instance is readily accessible to you if you
follow the steps above.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Ashley Lardner
Information, Knowledge and Systems Manager
The Electoral Commission
3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ
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Dear Electoral Commission,

Thank you very much.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Hamilton