Election spending declarations by the Conservative Party: the London Evening Standard

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Dear Electoral Commission,
I am writing with a Freedom of Information request regarding whether yearly election spending declarations by the Conservative Party include articles about senior Labour Party politicians published in the London Evening Standard, officially edited by Conservative Party member George Osborne, and distributed free to tens of thousands of Londoners every day?
I include the front page of Wednesday 27th September 2017 ‘COMRADE CORBYN: I’M MR MAINSTREAM”, which surely implies Mr Corbyn is part of a Communist party and Communists are not universally popular, and to the contrary Mr Corbyn is not leader of the UK Communist Party, but the leader of the Labour Party.

The article of Thursday 23rd November 2017 page 2 “We have iPads for that: McDonnell [Labour Shadow Chancellor] ducks Budget question 7 times”.

Page 25 of Monday 27th November 2017 “’Get this Kremlin propaganda off our Tube: City Hall Tories (Conservative Party) accuse transport chiefs over ads for RT channel’” (The Evening Standard newspaper is of course distributed free on London Underground), “London Assembly member Gareth Bacon said: “these adverts [RT’s]…are highly political in nature””.
I look forward to hearing if the Evening Standard is part of Conservative Party election expenditure, or not, under PPERA etc etc.
Yours faithfully,

Alexander Forbes

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Mr Forbes,

 

Our Ref: FOI 187/17

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act dated 28
November 2017 concerning:

 

I am writing with a Freedom of Information request regarding whether
yearly election spending declarations by the Conservative Party include
articles about senior Labour Party politicians published in the London
Evening Standard.

 

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 28 December
2017.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Humayra Siddika

Information Management Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

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FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Mr Forbes,

 

Our Ref: FOI 187/17

 

Thank you for your email to the Electoral Commission dated 28 November
2017.

 

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 am writing with a Freedom of Information request regarding whether
yearly election spending declarations by the Conservative Party include
articles about senior Labour Party politicians published in the London
Evening Standard, officially edited by Conservative Party member George
Osborne, and distributed free to tens of thousands of Londoners every day?

 

I look forward to hearing if the Evening Standard is part of Conservative
Party election expenditure, or not, under PPERA etc .

 

Our response is as follows:

We may hold some of the information you have requested in our publicly
available documents.

The Electoral Commission’s role is set out in legislation, the Political
Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA). Under PPERA,
political parties must report to us spending incurred on campaigning
activity in the run up to certain elections. We call the period where
these rules apply ‘the regulated period’.

You can read more about the rules that apply to spending and reporting by
political parties [1]here.

Political parties registered with us must also submit an annual statement
of accounts.

We publish the spending return data and accounts on our website. The
Conservative and Unionist Party’s spending data can be found [2]here (you
can filter this by spending at different elections). Their accounts can be
found [3]here.

 

The legislation provides an exemption from anything in a newspaper, other
than paid advertising, being considered regulated campaign spending.
Therefore, you can expect to see spending on newspaper advertising
reported by the parties and published by us, but articles that form part
of the editorial content of the paper will not engage the rules and as
such do not stand to be reported to us.

 

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:
[4]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: [5]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Humayra Siddika

Information Management Adviser

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ

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