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Government keeps party funds secret before 2016 election

The government has stalled plans to force political parties to disclose its full audited accounts, ignoring requests from its own ethics watchdog, until at least after the 2016 general election.

22nd December, 2013

The government has stalled plans to force political parties to disclose its full audited accounts, ignoring requests from its own ethics watchdog, until at least after the 2016 general election.

A unprecedented row between the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo), the ethics watchdog which polices political funding, and environment minister Phil Hogan blew up last week when the watchdog sought to introduce guidelines forcing the disclosure of party accounts. Hogan refused, accusing the commission of...

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