Electoral Commission “Monitoring Compliance” of Non-Party Campaigners

The Electoral Commission have just sent us this statement:

“In order to maintain voter confidence, it is important that all parties and campaigners comply with the rules and campaign responsibly. Ahead of final confirmation, we will shortly publish updated guidance for candidates, political parties and non-party campaigners to help them comply, and we will monitor compliance throughout. As in every election, we will share donation reports during the campaign and spending reports after the campaign, so voters can see how parties and campaigners are funded and how they spend their money.”

Following on from this morning’s story about Momentum fundraising in excess of the legal spending limits, without having registered, we put 3 questions to Momentum’s press office:

  1. Can you confirm the position with Electoral Commission registration?
  2. Has the Labour Party officially authorised Momentum to spend money as part of their campaign?
  3. If not, what do you propose to do with the funds raised over the lower limit? (Was £40,000 in 2017)

No response from the comrades as yet…

mdi-timer 30th October 2019 @ 2:45 pm 30th Oct 2019 @ 2:45 pm mdi-comment Comments
Momentum Have Not Registered With Electoral Commission

Momentum is currently not registered as a non-party campaigner with the Electoral Commission, which they have to be if they intend to spend more than £20,000 in England in the General Election. They were found to have lied about over-spending during their last general election campaign and cynically committed electoral fraud. The Electoral Commission gave them “the highest fine levied on a non-party campaigner for not submitting a complete and accurate spending return during the 2017 election.”

The group, which was fined for multiple breaches of electoral law, has told supporters it is raising £50,000 in the first 48 hours of the campaign alone. This is to spend on “building some of the most advanced campaigning tools ever used in the UK.” Clearly an election expense, and clearly only just the start of the money they are looking to raise and spend…

If Momentum spend more than £20,000 in England, £10,000 in Scotland or £10,000 in Wales without registering first then they’ve committed an offence. The campaign will have been spending money over the last couple of months too so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they’ve already committed a technical breach. Guido looks forward to the other journalists who have made a big show of their concern for Electoral Commission rules getting involved with this investigation… 

mdi-timer 30th October 2019 @ 9:50 am 30th Oct 2019 @ 9:50 am mdi-comment Comments
Labour Abolishes Blairite Student Wing

Last night, Labour’s NEC voted to abolish the National Organisation of Labour Students, after a motion was tabled by Momentum founder Jon Lansman. NOLS had been seen as one of the last bastions of Blairism in the party, with previous committee members including Jacqui Smith, Gloria De Piero, John Woodcock, Mike Gapes, and Tom Watson. It’s no surprise Corbynites were never a fan…

Until last year the organisation had been funded by the party, with three paid roles based in Labour’s Southside headquarters. Funding for this year was pulled and the full-time roles effectively abolished. Now the final step has been taken by Labour’s ruling executive, disaffiliating the organisation as one of Labour’s ‘socialist societies’, and setting precedent to disaffiliate other less loyal affiliated groups, like some trade unions. A big pro-loyalty power play…

Abolishing the arm organising a key demographic for Labour potentially just weeks out from a general election might not seem like the smartest electoral strategy. Last night’s meeting also lowered the threshold to trigger deselection of MPs in Wales from 51% to 33%. The purge marches on…

mdi-timer 18th September 2019 @ 8:54 am 18th Sep 2019 @ 8:54 am mdi-comment Comments
Momentum Go Full Trot

In what stands to be one of the largest hissy fits in British political history, Momentum have announced plans to take radical action to shut down bridges and roads up and down the country in a new direct action campaign. To mirror Boris’ shut down of parliament…

In a move that is certain to get middle England on side, Momentum hailed the success of yesterday’s minuscule protest outside Parliament, threatening the Government by saying “if you steal our democracy, we’ll shut down the streets”. Doesn’t look like this political hysteria is going to lose Momentum any time soon…

mdi-timer 29th August 2019 @ 4:45 pm 29th Aug 2019 @ 4:45 pm mdi-comment Comments
McDonnell Praises Climate Protestors ‘Direct Action’ Occupations of Banks

John McDonnell joined Momentum’s ‘urgent climate organising call’ last night along with with youth climate strikers. Momentum had advertised the call by sending out an excited email informing supporters that climate strike leader Greta Thunberg has “called for a general strike.” The UK hasn’t seen a general strike since 1926…

Alarmingly, the Shadow Chancellor praised “all the work people are doing on the ground at the moment” saying

“Direct action campaigns do work, we’ve demonstrated that time and time again, shifting the whole agenda, and we’ll be supporting all we possibly can.”

McDonnell specifically referenced Momentum’s occupation of Barclays branches, expressing support for “all the work people are doing on the ground” and presumably their calls to “ruin the economy.” The would be Chancellor supporting the illegal occupation of bank branches is a taste of the future. Chavez used the mobs to physically attack the private sector, smashing up businesses owned by regime opponents. We have been warned…

mdi-timer 24th April 2019 @ 11:01 am 24th Apr 2019 @ 11:01 am mdi-comment Comments
Momentum Pickets Closed Bank Branch

Momentum are latching onto fashionable climate change protesting to stay relevant to millenials increasingly disenchanted with Corbyn. They are organising pickets of Barclays because they lend to industry. Industry which uses “fossil fuels”. The campaign is about as logical as picketing a closed Barclays branch on a Saturday…

Should they perhaps refocus their lobbying target? After all when he was campaigning to become leader the headlines wereJeremy Corbyn vows to reopen coal mines. Margaret Thatcher on the other hand…

mdi-timer 1st April 2019 @ 9:28 am 1st Apr 2019 @ 9:28 am mdi-comment Comments
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