Watchdog to investigate Momentum over election spending


Momentum under investigation by Electoral Commission The Electoral Commission is investigating whether the Labour-supporting Momentum group broke finance rules during the 2017 general election. The elections watchdog says its probe will consider if Momentum’s returns included accurate donation information. It … Continue reading

General Election 2017 Expenses Declarations now available for scrutiny


Some work for readers, inspecting the election expenses of the successful candidates for the three Rotherham MPs: Kevin Barron: Kevin Barron Sarah Champion Sarah Champion John Healey John Healey-1 John Healey-2 John Healey-3 Published as part of The KipLibel Papers: … Continue reading

999: Election Expenses Emergency


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So far, 29 MPs are being investigated for their election expenses. An investigation by Channel 4 News has alleged that the MPs involved may have broken campaign spending limits. If these claims are true, their elections could be declared null … Continue reading

Conservative Party releases election expenses after court action


Conservative Party releases election expenses after court action The Conservative Party has produced documents about its spending during the general election after the Electoral Commission took court action. The watchdog applied to the High Court to force the party to … Continue reading

Jonathan Arnott – Rises to the Rotherham Politics challenge!

I’m quite happy to take up Rotherham Politics’  challenge to declare campaign expenditure so far, although it feels slightly odd to be doing this whilst a campaign is ongoing and expenses are still being incurred.  I expect to have further expenditure between now and polling day, so the list below will possibly be incomplete.

Jonathan Arnott (UKIP candidate for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner)

Campaign deposit: £5,000

£3,000 has been provided by the Party as a loan to be repaid only if I achieve 5% of the vote.
£1,600 I have provided personally
£400 has been provided by individuals as a loan to be repaid only if I achieve 5% of the vote.

Campaign expenditure

My campaign has paid for 60,000 leaflets at a cost of a little under £600.
I have received some campaign materials from the national Party free of charge which will be declared as a notional expense in accordance with electoral law.

The cost of the leaflets has been met as follows:

£210 from people who are not members of my Party
£220 from people who are members of my Party
I am funding the balance myself.
I expect to have other notional expenditure to declare for travel, etc. which will of course be financed by myself.

I have £280 available from my local Party branch towards the campaign, which I plan to use only if I have further expenditure.
I have had further offers of donations totalling £750 which I have asked to be put to a different cause.

Jonathan Arnott