Read about what the regulator for elections in the UK, the Electoral Commission, has got up to. You can also follow news about UK election law on this blog, on Twitter at @UKElectionLaw or on Facebook.


The plan to fix the lobbying bill will entrench the flaws in election expense rules

The new report from the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement makes some valuable recommendations for improving the controversial Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. However, two of its proposals – made for understandable reasons – risk entrenching flaws with existing legislation. First, there is the deeply flawed exclusion of … Read the full post »


Electoral Commission recommends near 40% increase in constituency spending limits – but they’ll cover a longer period

Running through to mid-December is an Electoral Commission consultation on updating election expense limits for UK Parliamentary elections and also for English and Welsh local elections. For general elections, the combined impact of inflation and an increase in the length of the Parliamentary timetable since the last review in 2005 means the Electoral Commission is … Read the full post »