UK Politics

Political party income in 2012

The most recent accounts submitted to the Electoral Commission show that of the three main parties, Labour generated the most income, with £33 million received in 2012.

The chart and table below show where the parties got their money from last year.


  • Affinity income: Money received from joint commercial ventures, such as sponsored credit cards.
  • Government grants: 'Short money', given to the opposition, and policy development grants available to all political parties.
  • Notional income: Value of goods and services, ie. seconded staff
  • Recharges to public bodies: Income received by Lib Dems from the branches of the party in England, Scotland and Wales.