European Parliament Elections

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Vinson Lord Vinson Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 8 July (WA 37), whether they consider that, at the 2014 European elections, it was clear to voters that the party called “An Independence from Europe”, which used the tagline “UK Independence Now” on the ballot paper, was different from the UK Independence Party.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Electoral Commission are responsible for registering party names and descriptions. Legislation permits the Electoral Commission to refuse to register a party name or description in certain circumstances, including, where it is the same as, or likely to result in electors confusing a party name or description with one that is already registered.

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