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Recall of MPs Act 2015

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20(1)This paragraph applies if, at any time before the end of the compliance period, any information which in accordance with this Schedule is contained in an accreditation notice ceases to be accurate.

(2)The accredited campaigner must, as soon as reasonably practicable after becoming aware of the inaccuracy, deliver a notice (“a notice of alteration”) to the petition officer—

(a)indicating that the accreditation notice has become inaccurate, and

(b)containing a corrected version of the accreditation notice.

(3)References in sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) to an accreditation notice include a corrected version of an accreditation notice.

(4)The accredited campaigner commits an offence if the accredited campaigner fails to deliver a notice of alteration in accordance with sub-paragraph (2).

(5)A person guilty of an offence under this paragraph is liable on summary conviction—

(a)in England and Wales, to a fine,

(b)in Scotland, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, and

(c)in Northern Ireland, to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(6)Where a notice of alteration names a new individual who is to exercise the functions conferred by or by virtue of this Act on the responsible person in relation to the accredited campaigner, it must be accompanied by a statement, signed by that individual, confirming that he or she is willing to exercise those functions.

(7)Sub-paragraph (6) does not apply where the new individual named in the notice of alteration is the accredited campaigner.

(8)In this paragraph “the compliance period” means the period during which any provision of—

(a)this Schedule (apart from this paragraph),

(b)Schedule 4 (control of donations to accredited campaigners),

(c)Schedule 5 (recall petition returns), or

(d)any order under section 62 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 (loans),

remains to be complied with on the part of the accredited campaigner.

(9)In sub-paragraph (5)(a), the reference to a fine is to be read as a reference to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale in relation to an offence committed before section 85(1) of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 comes into force.

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