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FAR-RIGHT group Britain First was fined £44,200 by the Electoral Commission today for multiple breaches of financial rules.
Registered political parties must provide full, accurate data on their donations and accounts so that voters can see where their money comes from.
Although it has since de-registered, Britain First remains responsible for its actions during the period up to November 2017, the commission said.
Electoral Commission director of regulation Louise Edwards said: “Britain First’s inability to meet certain basic requirements led to a disappointing lack of transparency into the party’s finances.
“The party’s failure to comply with a statutory notice is a serious offence and shows a disregard for the law.
“Throughout our investigation, we saw little to suggest that Britain First appreciated that if it wants to contest elections, it must meet its legal responsibilities, which is why we have imposed the penalties that we have.”
A payment arrangement has been agreed between Britain First and the commission.
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