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Electoral Commission | Donations and loans to political parties There are rules on who can make donations and loans to political parties and other campaigners. For instance, individuals can only donate if they are on an electoral register. Parties have to record the donations and loans they receive, check they are from a permissible source, and report larger donations and loans to us. There are currently different rules on the reporting of donations and loans to parties in Northern Ireland. The Government has consulted on draft legislation which provides for more transparency on party funding in Northern Ireland. If you are a political party that is registered in Great Britain, please read our guidance on donations and loans for parties in Great Britain.If you are a political party that is registered in Northern Ireland, please read our guidance on donations and loans for parties in Northern Ireland.

Lobbying Transparency - Home Quangos Full print version, including charts and tables ( Since it was coined in the 1970s, ‘quango’ has become a highly emotive term. For many it is a byword for wasteful bureaucracy, patronage and lack of democratic accountability. It is no surprise that politicians from all sides have regularly called for reductions in their number, expenditure and influence. However, achieving this in practice has proved difficult. How many quangos are there? Quango is not an official term and establishing how many there are depends on the definition used. There are 766 NDPBs sponsored by the UK GovernmentThe number has been falling: there were 790 in 2008 and 827 in 2007. However, estimates vary based on the definition used. The Taxpayers’ Alliance lists 957 ‘semi-autonomous public bodies’ under the remit of the UK Government which it estimates employ 700,000 staff, receive Government funding of £82 billion and spend over £120 billion. The case against quangos WHAT IS A QUANGO? Difficulties in practice

Register to vote Register to vote to get on the electoral register, or to change your details. It usually takes about 5 minutes. You need to be on the electoral register to vote in general elections or referendums. Deadline for registering to vote in the General Election Register by 11:59pm on 26 November to vote in the General Election on 12 December. If you want to apply to vote by post in England, Scotland or Wales, register before 5pm on 26 November. If you’re going to be abroad on election day, you can apply to vote by proxy after you’ve registered. It is too late to apply to vote by post or proxy if you live in Northern Ireland. Who can register You can register if you’re both: aged 16 or over (or 14 or over in Scotland) a UK citizen (or an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen with a permanent UK address) You can vote when you’re 18 or over. Student registrations If you’re a student, you can register at both your university and home address. Registering online

Home Secretary announces statutory inquiry into undercover policing Home Secretary Theresa May today established an inquiry into undercover policing and the operation of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). The inquiry will consider the deployment of police officers as covert human intelligence sources by the SDS, the National Public Order Intelligence Unit and by other police forces in England and Wales. It will also review undercover policing practices, identify lessons learned and make recommendations about the way undercover policing is conducted. The Home Secretary has appointed Lord Justice Pitchford to lead the inquiry, set up under the 2005 Inquiries Act, with the power to compel witnesses to give evidence. Home Secretary Theresa May said: The work of Mark Ellison and Operation Herne has unearthed serious historical failings in undercover policing practices. Today, the Home Secretary has also published Stephen Taylor’s independent review of the Home Office’s knowledge of SDS activities.

Did GCHQ Illegally Spy on You? | Privacy International Have you ever made a phone call, sent an email, or, you know, used the internet? Of course you have! Chances are, at some point, your communications were swept up by the U.S. Because of our recent victory against GCHQ in court, now anyone in the world — yes, ANYONE, including you — can try to find out if GCHQ illegally had access to information about you from the NSA. Make your claim using one of the options below, and send it to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) to try and find out if GCHQ illegally spied on you. Privacy International is not representing you in your claim before the IPT. To start your claim, please click on the link below that applies to you: IndividualsI am an individual and will be representing myself in my claim against GCHQ. For those of you who joined the campaign earlier this year, you’ll remember we initiated this campaign to help reveal the unlawful spying activity of GCHQ and the other UK intelligence agencies.

The electoral register and the 'open register' There are 2 versions of the electoral register - the ‘open register’ and the full version. Opting out of the ‘open register’ You can opt out of the ‘open register’ - the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy. Opting out doesn’t affect your right to vote. The full version Everyone’s name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. elections preventing and detecting crime checking applications for loans or credit Find out more about the difference between the ‘open register’ and the electoral register. Registering to vote anonymously You may be able to register anonymously if you can show that there’s a good reason, eg you’re concerned about your safety. Your details won’t appear on either version of the electoral register if you register anonymously. Contact your local Electoral Registration Office to find out if you can register anonymously.

Why are boundary changes bad for Labour? If there is a place in Britain that embodies exclusivity and inaccessibility then London’s Savile Row might just be it. The 213-year old street is internationally recognised as the Mecca of tailoring, a place where some of the world’s most affluent people flock to get their clothes made. Earlier this year, however, the Row gained a new resident and, in the process, was dragged a fraction closer to the modern age. Kathryn Sargent has been part of the Savile Row family for over 20 years, but it was only in April that the 41-year-old rose to the rank of master tailor. While doing so, she also made history by becoming the first woman to have her own namesake store on the prestigious street. All photos: Felipe Araujo After spending 15 years at the prestigious and historic men’s tailor, Gieves and Hawkes (which is on Savile Row), and becoming the first female head cutter there, she decided it was time to venture out on her own. So what’s the secret? “It takes time to learn this job.

Economic League - Powerbase From the end of the First World War to the closing years of the twentieth century the Economic League conducted its radical rightwing “crusade for capitalism” on the streets and outside the factory gates of Britain. From the 1920’s onwards they were manipulating newspapers stories before the concept of “spin” and “spin doctor” had been invented. But they became best known for their employment blacklist, created in its earliest years. The League was dissolved in 1993 following a series of press exposes and a parliamentary investigation into its blacklist. But the League sold on its blacklist to the construction industry which set up a trade association - The Consulting Association - to continue into the twenty first century blacklisting trade unionists and health and safety activists from the largest construction projects in the country. Summary History Origins & early organisation Founders Also at the meeting were: Major Richard C. National Propaganda Early organisation Leeds Economic League:

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