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Labour Party: Donors

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the hon. Member for South-West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission with reference to the Electoral Commission’s press release of 7 May 2009, on the Crown Prosecution Service decision on Labour Party donations, whether the Electoral Commission made an assessment of the merits of initiating its own investigation into the donations after the Crown Prosecution Service decision. (323704)

The Electoral Commission informs me that following the Crown Prosecution Service decision in May 2009, the Commission considered what, if any, further action might be appropriate. The Commission concluded that in view of the investigation conducted by the police and the CPS decision, further investigation into the same matters would not be in the public interest.