You can read 19 more articles this month
AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into whether Momentum breached spending rules at this year’s general election.
The Electoral Commission said yesterday that it would look into whether the campaign group’s spending breached the limits for non-party campaigners after it helped Labour gain 30 seats.
Spending is limited to £31,980 in England, £3,540 in Scotland, £2,400 in Wales and £1,080 in Northern Ireland for the regulated period, which in this year’s case stretched for 12 months before the June 8 ballot.
Commission records show that Momentum supposedly spent £38,742.54 in total across the UK during the general election campaign — £257.46 below the £39,000 limit.
The Commission will also consider whether returns submitted by the group, which was founded in 2015 as a grassroots movement to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership bid, accurately recorded donations and payments relating to the 2017 campaign.
Its director of political finance and regulation and legal counsel Bob Posner said: “There is significant public interest in us investigating Momentum to establish the facts in this matter and whether there have been any offences.
“Once complete, the Commission will decide whether any breaches have occurred and, if so, what further action may be appropriate, in line with its enforcement policy.”
A Momentum spokesman said: “Much of the Electoral Commission investigation refers to a series of administrative errors that can be easily rectified.
“Our election campaign was delivered on a low budget because it tapped into the energy and enthusiasm of tens of thousands of volunteers across the country.
“We have a good working relationship with the Electoral Commission, and will fully comply with the investigation going forward.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.