Momentum under investigation by Electoral Commission

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

The Electoral Commission said that it was possible that during its probe it would identify other potential contraventions or offences under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

"The Electoral Commission has today announced it has opened an investigation to establish whether Momentum, a registered non-party campaigner at the 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election, breached campaign finance rules in relation to spending", the commission said in a statement.

Momentum - founded in 2015 as a continuation of Mr Corbyn's leadership campaign - was allowed to spend up to £39,000 promoting Labour during the General Election campaign.

The Electoral Commission, Britain's election watchdog, said it was looking into a range of issues, including whether the campaign group exceeded spending limits or submitted incomplete or inaccurate expenditure records.

It said questions over compliance risked harming voter confidence.

"Once complete, the Commission will decide whether any breaches have occurred and, if so, what further action may be appropriate, in line with its enforcement policy".

Momentum, who have nearly 30,000 members, are classed as a registered non-party campaigner by the electoral commission and are being investigated under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

Momentum played a major role in supporting the Labour Party in the June 8 general election, especially online, where it social media posts reached millions of people on Facebook and Twitter.

Momentum did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Many of its former key figures now work for Jeremy Corbyn or the Labour party.

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