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The threat of dark money goes beyond Brexit

Two and a half years on from the EU referendum, the result is still being discussed and debated. Arguably more important though is another story: whether the rules of the game are bust. The weekend...

Posted 07 Nov 2018

Pile of Money

Why money still rules the roost in British Politics

If ever there was a story which revealed the disproportionate influence exerted by big party donors, it was the on the front page of The Times on Tuesday. The article set out what has been...

Posted 31 Jan 2018

Pile of Money

Local spending matters when votes aren’t equal

Today we have seen the consequences of a violation of the rules on campaign spending, one facet of the way political parties are funded. Yet the Electoral Commission’s fine of the Conservative party for breaching reporting rules...

Posted 16 Mar 2017

Party Spending

It’s time to ‘take back control’ of money in politics

The following is a guest post from Steve Goodrich, Senior Research Officer at Transparency International UK.  The views, opinions and positions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Electoral Reform...

Posted 24 Oct 2016

A pile of cash

Scotland needs a stronger Lobbying Bill

Remember the phone-hacking scandal? It seems long ago, but we shouldn’t forget how much we learned about the ways big private interests try to influence policy. The Leveson Inquiry dug up all sorts of stories...

Posted 07 Jan 2016