Bolton Conservatives repay £1,000 donation

The Conservative party in Bolton has been told to repay a £1,000 donation after the Electoral Commission ruled it was "impermissible".

John Sherrington made the donation to Bolton North East Conservative accounting unit in April.

He was not on the electoral register so the donation was not permissible, the Electoral Commission said.

The Conservative Party Central Office is also paying back two donations worth a total of £775.

The commission said the party had "agreed to voluntarily forfeit" the donation so there was no need for legal action.

'Personal donation'

Councillor David Greenhalgh, chair of the Bolton North East Conservative Association, said: "Bolton North East received a £1,000 donation in April from a supporter, Mr John Sherrington.

"We were led to believe at the time that the donation was from Mr Sherrington's company, and was declared accordingly to the Electoral Commission.

"It was subsequently found out to be a personal donation, and that he did not appear on any register of electors.

"Consequently the donation is deemed to be impermissible. The £1,000 donation has been fully re-paid to the Electoral Commission."

The Bolton North East constituency was held by Labour in the May general election.

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