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Outstanding borrowing of political parties June 30, 2017, by party

This statistic shows outstanding borrowing of political parties in the United Kingdom as of June 30, 2017 in British pounds, by party. The Liberal democrats had the highest loans figure, with 912 thousand pounds borrowed. The Conservative and Unionist Party had the highest overall figure with roughly 6.5 million pounds in loans and credit. In contrast, the Labour Party had less debt than the Conservative and Unionist Party at 860,193 British pounds. Overall more than 10 million British pounds were borrowed by political parties in loans or credits. By comparison, donation figures for political parties show them to have received 18 million British pounds, with the Labour Party obtaining almost double the amount donated to the Conservative and Unionist Party at 8.2 million British pounds.

Total outstanding borrowing of political parties in the United Kingdom (UK) as of June 30, 2017, by type*

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Release date

August 2016


United Kingdom

Survey time period

June 30, 2017

Supplementary notes

*Notes from the source:
This is the maximum value of loans entered into by a party. In some instances, amounts may have been repaid and converted to donations. Further detail is available on PEF Online
Credit facilities are an agreement where a registered party is entitled to receive a loan of money from time to time from another person (or organization). The credit facility will generally have an upper limit specified in the credit facility agreement. Examples of common credit facilities include overdrafts and credit cards. The amount displayed is the maximum that can be borrowed and not the amount that is drawn upon at any one time

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