The Electoral Commission is investigating the accounts of the British National Party from 2008, the standards watchdog has announced.
The commission said it began a case review into the party’s accounts in January, following concerns raised by the independent auditor.
This case has now moved into its next stage, a formal investigation.
The commission says no conclusion has been reached and there should be no assumption rules have been breached.
During a case review, the commission will use information provided to determine whether there has been a breach, but will not use its formal powers of investigation or conduct interviews.
An investigation is launched when it needs to use its statutory powers to obtain information and conduct interviews.
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