Belfast Telegraph

Delay in naming NI party donors

By Mark Edwards

Plans to lift the ban on publishing the names of donors to Northern Ireland parties have been delayed.

Last year, the Government pledged to end secrecy over donations here by autumn 2017.

But while the Electoral Commission will today publish information on money donated to UK parties, it will not include Northern Ireland.

Details of political donations throughout the UK between October and December 2017 will be released. But a delay in implementing laws has meant the commission can still not publish the information for Northern Ireland, The Detail reported.

Legislation must work its way through both houses of Parliament before the reforms can be imposed. The House of Lords will not debate the matter until February 27.

Currently the identity of political donors is not published in Northern Ireland for security reasons.

In November, the Electoral Commission said it was "extremely disappointed" it was still unable to publish details of political donations here.

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