Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill — Clause 27 — Cap on Spending by 3rd Parties in Elections — 9 Oct 2013 at 18:00

The majority of MPs voted to reduce the UK cap on spending by each campaigner in a general election who is not standing or putting up candidates from £988,500 to £390,000; they also voted to significantly reduce the spending threshold for registering as such a campaigner.

MPs were considering the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill[1][2]; they voted to reject an amendment which stated:

  • page 13, line 37, leave out clause 27.

The clause which was the subject of the vote was Clause 27[3][4]

The Explanatory notes to the Bill[5] describe the effect of the clause. It sets the registration thresholds for a campaigner in an election, who is not standing or putting up candidates, at £5,000 spent in England or £2,000 spent in each of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The previous limits were £10,000 and £5,000 respectively.

The clause would also reduce the cap on spending for a campaigner in an election, who is not standing or putting up candidates, from that set in paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 10 to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, of £988,500 to 2% of the maximum campaign expenditure limit ie. £390,000. (This is actually broken down with amounts for each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

MPs had held a previous vote on the same clause on the 10th of September 2013


Debate in Parliament | Source |

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con268 (+1 tell) 10091.5%
DUP0 4050.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1050.0%
Lab0 231 (+2 tell)090.3%
LDem44 (+1 tell) 4087.5%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 5083.3%
Total:312 261089.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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Douglas CarswellClactonConaye
Christopher ChopeChristchurchCon (front bench)aye
Tracey CrouchChatham and AylesfordConaye
Philip DaviesShipleyCon (front bench)aye
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkCon (front bench)aye
Gordon HendersonSittingbourne and SheppeyCon (front bench)aye
Charlotte LeslieBristol North WestCon (front bench)aye
Anne MainSt AlbansCon (front bench)aye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)aye
Chris WhiteWarwick and LeamingtonCon (front bench)aye
Andrew GeorgeSt IvesLDem (front bench)aye
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDem (front bench)aye
Alan ReidArgyll and ButeLDem (front bench)aye
David WardBradford EastLDem (front bench)aye

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