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Part VIU.K. Controls relating to third party national election campaigns

Chapter IU.K. Preliminary

Controlled expenditure by third partiesU.K.

85 Controlled expenditure by third parties.F12U.K.

(1)The following provisions have effect for the purposes of this Part.

(2)Controlled expenditure”, in relation to a third party, means (subject to section 87) expenses incurred by or on behalf of the third party [F1where—

(a)the expenses fall within Part 1 of Schedule 8A, and

(b)the expenditure can reasonably be regarded as intended to promote or procure electoral success at any relevant election for—

(i)one or more particular registered parties,

(ii)one or more registered parties who advocate (or do not advocate) particular policies or who otherwise fall within a particular category of such parties, or

(iii)candidates who hold (or do not hold) particular opinions or who advocate (or do not advocate) particular policies or who otherwise fall within a particular category of candidates.]

F2(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

and any such material is election material even though it can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve any other purpose as well.

(4)For the purposes of subsection [F3(2)(b)]

(a)the reference to electoral success at any relevant election is a reference—

(i)in relation to a registered party, to the return at any such election of candidates standing in the name of the party or included in a list of candidates submitted by the party in connection with the election, and

(ii)in relation to candidates, to their return at any such election; and

(b)the reference to doing any of the things mentioned in [F4that provision] includes doing so by prejudicing the electoral prospects at the election of other parties or candidates F5...; [F6and]

[F7(c)a course of conduct may constitute the doing of one of those things even though it does not involve any express mention being made of the name of any party or candidate.]

[F8(4A)In determining whether expenditure can reasonably be regarded as intended to promote or procure electoral success as mentioned in subsection (2)(b), it is immaterial that it can reasonably be regarded as intended to achieve any other purpose as well.]

(5)Recognised third party” means a third party for the time being recognised under section 88 for the purposes of this Part.

[F9(5A)Recognised Gibraltar third party” means a recognised third party falling within paragraph (d) or (e) (but not paragraph (a), (b) or (c)) of section 88(2).]

(6)Relevant election” has the same meaning as in Part II.

(7)Responsible person”, in relation to a recognised third party, means—

(a)if the third party is an individual, that individual;

(b)if the third party is a registered party—

(i)the treasurer of the party, or

(ii)in the case of a minor party, the person for the time being notified to the Commission by the party in accordance with section 88(3)(b)(iii); and

(c)otherwise, the person or officer for the time being notified to the Commission by the third party in accordance with section 88(3)(c)(ii) [F10or (d)(ii)] .

(8)Third party”, in relation to any relevant election, means—

(a)any person or body other than a registered party; or

(b)subject to subsection (9), any registered party.

(9)In connection with the application of subsection (2) in relation to expenses incurred by or on behalf of a third party which is a registered party, any reference in [F11that subsection] to a registered party or registered parties or to any candidates does not include—

(a)the party itself, or

(b)any candidates standing in the name of the party at any relevant election or included in any list submitted by the party in connection with any such election,

as the case may be.

(10)In this section “candidates” includes future candidates, whether identifiable or not.

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I1S. 85 wholly in force at 16.2.2001; s. 85 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 163(2); s. 85 in force at 16.2.2001 by S.I. 2001/222, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I (subject to transitional provisions in Sch. 1 Pt. II)

Textual Amendments applied to the whole legislation

Non-textual amendments applied to the whole Legislation can be found in the Introduction