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Recall of MPs Act 2015

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Forfeiture of donations made by impermissible or unidentifiable donors

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17(1)This paragraph applies where an accredited campaigner accepts a relevant donation in contravention of paragraph 9.

(2)The court may, on an application made by the Electoral Commission, order the forfeiture by the accredited campaigner of an amount equal to—

(a)the amount of the donation, where it is of money, or

(b)the value of the donation, where it is not of money.

(3)The standard of proof in proceedings on an application under this paragraph is that applicable to civil proceedings.

(4)An order may be made under this paragraph whether or not proceedings are brought against any person for an offence connected with the donation.

(5)In this paragraph “the court” means—

(a)in relation to England and Wales, a magistrates’ court;

(b)in relation to Scotland, the sheriff;

(c)in relation to Northern Ireland, a court of summary jurisdiction.

(6)Proceedings on an application under this paragraph to the sheriff are civil proceedings.

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