Wednesday, January 28

Electoral Commission won't give up on UKIPs illegal donations

The row about whether UKIPs will have to pay back over £360,000 in impermissible donations rumbles on, with the High Court granting an appeal requested by the Electoral Commission.

The case concerns total donations of £363,697 made by a retired bookmaker Alan Bown although he was not on the electoral register.

It seemed as though this case had run its course back in August 2007 when a district judge ruled that UKIP should pay back over £18,000 in inadmissible donations but that the party's breach of the rules was only accidental. If the Electoral Commission, who have pursued this case really strongly, wins the appeal then UKIP will be virtually bankrupt.

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