Party constitutions

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Dear Electoral Commission,

Please provide me with an electronic copy of the constitution of the Conservative Party.

Yours faithfully,
Steve Elibank

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Steve Elibank,

Our Ref: FOI 1 12

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 7 January 2012 (received by the Commission on 9 January 2012), requesting;

Please provide me with an electronic copy of the constitution of the Conservative Party.

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 3 February 2012.

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Dear Steve Elibank

Our Ref: FOI 1/12

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 dated 7 January 2012 (received by the Commission on 9 January 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:

Please provide me with an electronic copy of the constitution of the Conservative Party.

Our response is as follows:

The Commission holds the information relevant to your request. The Commission has not always had a policy of retaining a copy of the party constitution that each party provides to us when it registers, so some party constitutions provided to us as part of the party registration process in the past have been destroyed. Our current policy is to retain constitutions provided by applicant parties.

Each party that registers with the Commission is required to provide us with a copy of its constitution so that we can cross-reference it to the financial arrangements outlined in the party’s financial scheme. We are not required to publish party constitutions, and if a party amends its constitution after it has registered with us, it is not required to provide us with a copy of the amended constitution.

The Commission holds a copy of a constitution provided to us in the past by the Conservative and Unionist Party but cannot be certain that it is the current version, for the reasons explained above. You may therefore wish to contact the party to confirm whether the constitution enclosed is the current version.

I trust that this information satisfies your request. 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

Danny Creighton
Information Adviser
Tel: 020 7271 0554
Fax: 020 7271 0505
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Ian Jackson left an annotation ()

This response seems to be misleading by omission.

According to s32 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 [1] parties are required to notify the ERC annually of any changes to their constitutions.

So the ERC ought to be able to tell (if they don't discard those notifications) whether any particular version is the current one.

[1] http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...