Friday, 1 August 2008

Govt to put a lid on Ashcroft's millions of target seat spending

BBC NEWS | Politics | Cash curbs 'to be pushed through'

The BBC report that the the government has announced that it will push through the Party Funding Bill, despite concerns from the Electoral Commission.

In the debate on the 10th June 2008, Jack Straw announced that he will "aim to introduce legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows".

The further comments by Jack Straw repeatedly refer to the Liberal Democrat and Labour support for the recommendations of the Hayden Phillips proposals, and that the loophole exploited by Mr (sometimes called Lord) Ashworth, was that the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, accidentally got rid of the "1983 trigger" which all wanted kept (and presumably affects this issue).

Danny Alexander points asks "only by imposing stringent caps on donations and expenditure during and
between elections can we achieve the fair, transparent and sustainable
outcome that is needed to rebuild public trust in the political process?"

Perhaps, just perhaps, there is hope that by the next general election, we may have some sense in how political parties are funded!

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