With a general election approaching in the UK and with the Electoral Commission noting that there has been ‘a long-term decline in the public's perception of the transparency of party and campaign finance’, the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, in partnership with Spotlight on Corruption, is delighted to invite you to a panel discussion on ‘Repairing Trust in Political Funding’.

Democracies across the world have found themselves increasingly vulnerable to influence from unlawful and unaccountable political donations. From the US to Moldova, evidence continues to emerge of this impact. The UK is not immune, and attempts by parliamentarians to strengthen the UK’s safeguards are judged to have fallen short. Regular surveys by the Electoral Commission identify a clear trust deficit, with citizens doubting whether the authorities will take appropriate action if a political party or campaigner is caught breaking the rules.

Against this backdrop, we are pleased to convene a panel discussion featuring the following guests:

  • Dr Susan Hawley, Executive Director, Spotlight on Corruption
  • Catherine Neilan, Political Editor at Tortoise Media
  • Lord Alex Carlile CBE KC, Director, SC Strategy Ltd

The discussion will be moderated by Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI.

How to attend

This is an in-person only event taking place at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET. The event will begin at 16:30, with tea and coffee served from 16:00.

If you have any questions, please email Živilė Kulevičiūtė, Events Manager, at [email protected].