DARK MONEY – ELECTORAL LAW IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

The Tories in Scotland were fined a mere £400 by the Electoral Commission over a £100,000 donation of dark money to the party in the weeks before the 2016 Holyrood election. Such a paltry fine is no deterrent at all. If breaking electoral law carries such derisory penalties, it makes it almost worth the risk for those who are minded to be dishonest. I called upon the Leader of the House of Commons to commit to assessing whether the Electoral Commission has enough tools at its disposal to deal more severely with those who break electoral law, which is the foundation of our entire democracy. It is most regrettable that she sidestepped the question, which is one which should concern us all.

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