Political Parties and Elections Act 2009
- Type of Bill:
- Government Bill
- Mr Jack Straw
Ministry of Justice
- Lord Bach
Ministry of Justice
Progress of the Bill
Bill started in the House of Commons
- House of Commons
- House of Lords
- Royal Assent
- Royal Assent 21 July, 2009 | 21.07.2009
Act of Parliament
|Political Parties and Elections Act 2009 c.12 | PDF version, 382KB||21.07.2009|
Latest news on the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009
Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 21 July. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament.
Summary of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009The Bill makes some amendments to the regulation of party funding and election expenditure that is set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. It will cover the whole of the UK.
The Bill aims to:
- strengthen the regulatory powers of the Electoral Commission, to provide new powers of investigation and the option of civil sanctions
- enable political parties to put forward four extra Electoral Commissioners and relax political restrictions on staff of the Commission
- alter the definition of ‘election expenses’ and ‘candidate’ in the Representation of the People Act 1983 to take into account spending on elections prior to the dissolution of Parliament
- place further requirements on parties and donors to clarify the source of donations
- amend the Representation of the People Act to provide a more flexible system for adding to the register of electors when an election is called while the register is being updated – the canvass period.
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