BNP misses second accounts deadline

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The commission said the extension – the first ever – had passed with no sign of the far-right party’s books. The BNP had been given until 30 July to hand over its figures after admitting it would not meet the 7 July deadline.

The commission has previously pledged to initiate enforcement action in case of a second failure – which carries a maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine. But the pledge appeared less certain this week.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We are currently reviewing the reasons why the deadline has not been met and whether to take enforcement action.’

The Crown Prosecution Service or police would be responsible for investigating whether the BNP had broken the law and carry out disciplinary measures, she added.

Commenting on the possibility of a fine, a BNP spokesman said: ‘It won’t do us any good losing £5,000 and I don’t suppose it will do [the electoral commission] any good either.’

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