Get dark money out of UK politics

To: Boris Johnson

  • Stop secrecy over political donations by increasing transparency over dark money donor groups, including so-called ‘unincorporated associations’
  • Keep restrictions to stop millionaire non-doms donating to political parties indefinitely
  • Increase fines for donors who break election laws
  • Accept the recommendations on dark money and transparency set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson's party has accepted £2.6m from groups with anonymous funders since 2019 | Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

At openDemocracy we’ve worked for years to expose the malign influence of ‘shadowy' groups funnelling anonymous money into British politics. And now we’ve revealed that £2.6m has been funnelled to the Tory party via secretive campaign finance groups since Boris Johnson became prime minister.

The British government is proposing new election laws, but they have almost nothing to say about donations like these. So-called ‘unincorporated associations’ can be used to secretly channel money from donors who would never normally be eligible. And millionaires who are based in tax havens (so-called ‘non-doms’) will be able to fund British politics indefinitely.

The UK’s Committee on Standards in Public Life has warned that ‘unincorporated associations’ could be used as “a route for foreign money to influence UK elections”. In a hard-hitting report it’s called for major changes to how politics is funded.

If we’re going to protect our democracy we need to stop dodgy donors from buying political influence. We need to make sure a light is shone on ‘unincorporated associations’. And we need fines to be raised high enough to deter funders from breaking election law.

To do all that we need to show the UK government that the public won’t stand for secretive political donations harming our democracy. Will you take a moment to sign the petition telling the government to clean up UK politics?


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