The review of funding political parties

Inter-Party Talks: The Funding of Political Parties



Download the draft agreement

Download the draft agreement


Saturday 1 December 2007


Commenting on the Prime Minister's comments on party funding, Sir Hayden Phillips said:

Reform of the party funding system is essential to maintain public trust in our democratic system.  Yet it is vital that change is made in a way that does not seek to bring advantage to one particular party at the expense of another.  That is why I worked hard to assist in creating a cross-party agreement on future reform.

The proposals I put to the three main parties in late August and published in late October were the result of many months of discussions with the parties themselves and four meetings of the inter-party talks process in the summer.  They also reflected the recommendations I set out in March this year in a report welcomed by all the parties.

Yet while cross-party agreement on my proposals proved not to be possible, my view remains that, taken as a whole, they are both fair and balanced, and represent a significant improvement on the present situation.

I therefore welcome the Prime Minister's description of the proposals as a comprehensive framework for reform and I hope that they will stimulate an informed debate in the wider public interest.  I remain hopeful that all the parties can come together behind the proposals.


Inter-Party Talks Suspended

On 30 October I released a press notice announcing that the talks between the three main political parties had been suspended without reaching agreement.  The press notice can be read here.

In addition I published the draft agreement on party funding that I had put to the parties in August 2007.  You may download it from this website.

Hayden Phillips


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