Posted by: John Brace | 24th January 2019

2018 Labour byelection campaign in Upton spent £939.87 but only received £600 in donations, so where did the other £339.87 come from?

2018 Labour byelection campaign in Upton spent £939.87 but only received £600 in donations, so where did the other £339.87 come from?

                                   

Cllr Jean Robinson (Upton) 22nd January 2019

Cllr Jean Robinson (Upton) 22nd January 2019

Edited 24.1.19 15:46 Since this story has been published, we have been told that the missing £339.87 came from Upton Labour Party funds who were a permissible donor. Their donation was not included in the donations page on the return or as notional spending.

Recently I inspected the election expense returns relating to the recent Upton by-election held on the 22nd November 2018 at Wallasey Town Hall. Jean Mary Robinson (the Labour candidate) was elected with 1,490 votes (61%) and the second placed candidate for the Conservatives (Emma Louise Sellman) received 705 votes (29%).

The campaign for the second placed Conservative candidate spent £804.26 which was matched by donations from Wirral West Conservatives (£417.26), £37 from Tatton Conservatives, notional staff costs of £250 from Conservative Central HQ and £100 from Wirral West Conservatives (which were notional costs for the use of an office).

However the election expense return for the Labour candidate shows spending of £939.87, but only one matching donation of £600 from the group of Labour councillors on Wirral Council. So where did the other £339.87 come from?

Donations page Upton byelection 2018 Jean Robinson (Labour)

Donations page Upton byelection 2018 Jean Robinson (Labour)

Payments page Upton by election Labour candidate Jean Robinson

Payments page Upton by election Labour candidate Jean Robinson

A breakdown of expenditure shows what the campaign spent money on.

expenditure page Upton byelection 2018

expenditure page Upton byelection 2018

Another page shows the list of those authorised to incur expenditure as part of the campaign.

Authorised spending Upton byelection campaign 2018 Labour candidate

Authorised spending Upton byelection campaign 2018 Labour candidate

Both candidate and agent sign a declaration to state that the return submitted is complete and accurate to their knowledge and belief (copies of which are below).

Declaration Upton byelection 2018

Declaration Upton byelection 2018

Declaration Upton byelection 2018

Declaration Upton byelection 2018

It’s a legal requirement (s.81(3)(e) of the Representation of the Peoples Act 1983) that the return includes details of each relevant donation, specifically the amount, date accepted and information on the donor. Any donations over £50 have to be checked by the agent or candidate that they are made from a permissible source and their details included in the return.

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  1. Thank you, John Brace!

    These are questions that must be answered because they were not asked in the first place by the proper people.

    Careless?


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