The Westminster Accounts interactive database allows you to search for information about earnings and donations declared by any deputy, political partyall-party parliamentary group or donor since last elections.
Sky News and Tortoise Media programmatically collected and analyzed thousands of of public records to create this extensive record of financial interests in Westminster since December 2019.
It means that for in first time, you can easily see total amounts of donations and earnings for individual deputies – something that was previously very difficult to compare and compare due to way registers are published.
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Search for your MP using Westminster Accounts tool
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Westminster accounts: after money
So how You can explore the database for myself?
Find a Member of Parliament
When you open the Westminster Accounts interactive database, you see with Search box.
Here you can search for any deputy or find yours by entering your postal code. Alternatively, you can choose random MP suggested above text entry box.
Income and donations outlined
Once you have made your selection you will go through the explanation of in project and then information about the deputy chosen by you will be disclosed.
The tool will prompt how many financial interests that the deputy declared from the moment last general elections.
Each ad is represented as a circle in in party colors of deputy. If you click on circle, you will see the value of declaration, who where and when it was registered.
After information about the deputy’s statement financial interests, you will be taken to the section that shows were they officers of Everybody-party parliamentary group.
they are informal groups of Cross-party deputies who come together to focus on certain subject area. APPG a lot but they don’t get direct financial support from parliament. This means that they often rely on outside organizations or donors to fund their activities.
In this section, you will see which donors have provided funding, either in cash or as an advantage in kind, to APPG of of which the deputy elected by you is a member.
next part of the picture shown is the donations received by the political party.
The tool will show you how many sources of financing party declared and total amount.
Finally you will see how donations made to party in question compared to other political parties and how interests of your MP compared to others in house of communities.
Find out more
After your journey of declared interests of your deputy and where they sit in wider universe of money in parliamentyou can feel want move on.
final page of interactive tool allows you to do just which.
In the upper right corner of the corner you will find a search box and above it are four buttons – partyMP, APPG and source of £.
Clicking to search box you will find list by order highest values, allowing you to click to explore each entry further.
You can also Search directly in Any of categories for further information.
We hope that you will want come back Westminster accounts again and again. If you do and you don’t want take an introductory course story or explanation of MP of your choice, button in bottom left corner lets you”skip introductory slides” and “skip to study” – takes you back to the searchable database page.
The database combines the following sources:
• Register of members financial interest, which takes into account the side employment of deputies, donations, gifts and other benefits.
• Register of Everybody-party parliamentary groups that register donations, gifts and other benefits for all APPG.
• The register of the Electoral Commission, which registers donations, gifts and other benefits received by political parties represented in house of communities.
It is important to note that the database does not cover the expenses that deputies claim. run their offices or their annual base salary of £84,144.
Additional compensation for acting as minister is also outside scale of database. In the spotlight on what they have earned on Top of their parliamentary salaries and what they received in donations.
Outgoing funds also not captured in database – so if your MP gives money they received for charity that will not be seen.
You can find more detail on how and why are we made decisions like this is in our public methodology.
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