gain more than 5% of the total valid votes cast in the constituency. Some individuals will have provided the money themselves, but most will come from the national party organisation.
The Electoral Commission has stated that "Payment may be made by legal tender. Payment may also be made by a banker’s draft from a drawer (i.e. a bank/building society) which carries out business as a banker in the UK.
"The number of deposits lost by parties or individual candidates at the 2005 UK Parliamentary general election was 1,385. The deposit required was £500, making the total amount of the lost deposits £692,500." There were 3,546 candidates in total.
- free postage for one election communication to electors in the constituency.
- use of certain rooms free of charge to hold public meetings