Northern Irish parties in the red…?

Here’s something to keep an eye out for on Wednesday. The Electoral Commission will give a report on the state of the finances of all the various political parties. How much detail that is likely to contain, is hard to tell. Particularly, as this consultation document points out there is no standardised means of comparing like with like between political parties. Although Slugger understands that all of Northern Ireland’s major parties are in the red after last year’s Assembly elections. All of which makes the UUP/Tory tie up that little bit more interesting…. (And reader Paul wonders if there will be any mention of a Mr Sweeney of North Antrim…)

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  • Ulsters my homeland

    ….a wee bank robbery should sort everything oot

  • fair_deal

    “Northern Irish parties in the red…?”

    Nothing particularly new about that especially on the Unionist side.

  • Conquistador

    An I thought it was Ulster protestant culture not to spend money before you get it?

  • Dewi

    You think you have problems!! I wonder if Labour managed to pay those loans back?

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    “All of which makes the UUP/Tory tie up that little bit more interesting….” I simply refuse to believe that this is even possible. MORE interesting?!!

  • noel adams

    Re the north antrim comment donations are being reported to the commission but on an optout won by local partys will only be disclosed to the public oct 2010.

  • Peat Blog

    Anything in there about where the parties get their funding from?

  • Peat Blog

    Sorry, I have just read 6.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I think Noel is nearly right; IIRC the decision will be taken (again) in 2010. There’s nothing to say the government will not decide to provide NI with another opt-out. In fact, given the wranglings over 42-day detention and the links certain parties have with certain businessmen, there’s nothing to say the decision hasn’t been made already.

  • Blackmouth

    Belfast Gonzo

    No businessmen funding Sinn Fein then?

  • Quagmire

    “…a wee bank robbery should sort everything oot”
    Posted by Ulsters my homeland on Jul 28, 2008 @ 06:30 PM

    Is that Ulster Scots UMH? lol

  • frustrated democrat

    billie-Joe Remarkable

    Well what are you going to do when it happens? Become an ostrich?

  • Dewi


    Almost £500k a year donations to SF from elected reps – and a massive Land & Buildings revaluation fro the UUP