How Much Does it Cost — and Who Pays For it?
The cost of fighting elections, and the means by which the political parties raise money to pay for it, has become perhaps the most controversial aspect of Britain’s electoral arrangements over the last few years. In the mid-1990s a Committee on Standards in Public Life was set up, originally under the chairmanship of Lord Nolan and subsequently under Sir Patrick (now Lord) Neill, with a wide remit to examine all aspects of political life in which concerns were being raised (whether justifi ed or not) of corruption, undue infl uence or abuse of office. One of the areas they investigated was the funding of political parties, and the recommendations in their report led to a considerable shake-up in the way British elections are run. The report was by far the most comprehensive investigation for many years into party financing and spending.2
KeywordsPolitical Party Political Parti Public Money Conservative Party Campaign Spending
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Notes and References
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