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General Election: Alliance Party receives £60k cash boost

Alliance Party representatives Donnamarie Higgins, candidate for west Belfast, party leader Naomi Long, MLA for south Belfast Paula Bradshaw and former Lord Mayor of Belfast and Councillor for north Belfast Nuala McAllister dropping off their nomination papers (Liam McBurney/PA)
Alliance Party representatives Donnamarie Higgins, candidate for west Belfast, party leader Naomi Long, MLA for south Belfast Paula Bradshaw and former Lord Mayor of Belfast and Councillor for north Belfast Nuala McAllister dropping off their nomination papers (Liam McBurney/PA)

The Alliance Party has received a £60,000 cash boost ahead of next month's General Election.

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Figures published by the Electoral Commission reveal the party received £50,000 from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd and £10,000 from an individual called Gilbert Nelson.

The donations were made between November 6 and November 12.

None of the other political parties in Northern Ireland reported any donations.

The report revealed £6,507,146 in donations to political parties have been reported.

In the lead up to General Election on December 12, registered political parties must submit four weekly reports setting out the donations and loans over £7,500 they have received between November 6 and December 3.

Two further reports must be submitted after polling day for the period December 4 to December 12.

This is the first general election to take place since legislation was introduced to allow information on donations and loans in Northern Ireland to be published.

The Transparency of Donations and Loans (NI Political Parties) Order 2018 was passed in parliament last year, allowing the Electoral Commission to publish donation details.

Unlike the rest of the UK, the identities of party donors in Northern Ireland have historically remained secret due to concerns over security.

The new measures compel Northern Ireland parties to publish all donations and loans over £7,500 from July 1, 2017.

It had been argued the donations published should go back to July 2014, as had been originally intended, but this was later amended.

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