A question about Accounting for Salaries of Seconded Staff

Mr Robert Peden

Chief Electoral Officer

By blog and email: [email protected]

Re: Accounting for Salaries of Seconded Staff

Dear Mr Peden,

I am writing to enquire as to the legalities of campaigns using paid staff seconded to political parties or campaigns. Could you please inform me of what the rules are including:

  1. Whether seconded staff’s salaries need to be included in party’s electoral returns.
  2. Whether using seconded staff is specifically prohibited by law.
  3. What the rules are around staff being “seconded” as volunteers.
  4. In the event that it is illegal to use seconded staff and not account for their salaries what the liability to the party is.
  5. In the event that it is illegal to use seconded staff, and you decide not to refer examples for prosecution what my rights are to make such referrals to the police or bring private prosecutions.

If you require specific examples of this scenario in action please let me know and I will provide examples.

Yours faithfully


Cam Slater



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  • Mike Readman

    Why haven’t there been any prosecutions so far?