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Reforming party funding

Labour's "loans for honours" troubles have kept the issue of party funding in the news. And another official review is reporting in December. Is it finally time to put a cap on individual donations and consider proper state funding?

By Justin Fisher   November 2006

Party funding in Britain is a problem that will not go away. Despite the biggest overhaul for over a century just a few years ago, events in 2006 have led the prime minister to order a further review, which is being carried out by Hayden Phillips, a former senior civil servant, who will report in December. The review is charged with evaluating the case for further reform, and brokering a consensus between the political parties.

How did it come to this? After all, the reforms introduced by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA)—see the short history at…

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