Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Clause 26 — Meaning of "controlled expenditure" — 10 Sep 2013 at 16:30

The majority of MPs voted to regulate and restrict all spending broadly connected with an election by those campaigning who are not candidates, or putting up candidates, with an exemption for communications with an organisation's own supporters.

MPs voted on the motion:

  • That the clause stand part of the Bill.

The clause in question[1] was Clause 26[2] which defines "controlled expenditure" for the purposes of restrictions on campaigning by those not standing or putting up candidates in general elections.

The explanatory notes to the Bill[3] help interpret the effect of the clause.

The notes state that the definition of controlled expenditure by third parties is "is cast in broad terms".

Clause 26 defines controlled expenditure by a recognised third party that as expenditure incurred for the purpose of, or in connection with promoting or procuring the electoral success or enhancing the standing of a registered political party or parties or candidates; it includes advertising, unsolicited material to electors, or manifestos, or with the organisation of any rallies or events.

Clause 26 includes an exemption for unsolicited material which is about the recognised third parties activities and objectives, and is addressed to the recognised third parties relevant supporters (such as the members of or subscribers to an organisation) is excluded from being regarded as controlled expenditure.

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PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con254 (+1 tell) 2084.3%
DUP0 6075.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 10100.0%
Lab0 224 (+2 tell)087.6%
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PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 30100.0%
SNP0 5083.3%
Total:298 245085.2%

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Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)no
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)no

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