There are already enough loopholes in election campaign rules. We do not need to introduce more

Dear Editor,

Legislation should never be rushed through; the risk of unintended consequences is one of many reasons why. Yet the government is backing the Overseas Electors Bill, which would abolish the limit on donations to political parties by British citizens living abroad.

The Electoral Reform Society has rightly pointed out this could pave the way for UK politics to be influenced by unscrupulous individuals living overseas, a serious concern. They also point out that it is a basic British principle that those funding our parties should be domiciled here.

Businesses making political donations must generate revenue in the UK; it seems equitable that individuals wishing to do likewise and influence British government should be able to demonstrate an enduring connection to the United Kingdom.

There are already enough loopholes in election campaign rules. We do not need to introduce more. I wholeheartedly agree with the Electoral Reform Society that our Parliament and parties should not be available to the highest bidders around the world.

Our political system may well already be in a complete mess. This is hardly the time to risk greater problems through rushed and ill-conceived legislation.

Yours faithfully

Jonathan Arnott