The Scottish Greens have been fined by the Electoral Commission for not delivering financial statements on time.

The party received a £2300 penalty for the late delivery of their annual statement of accounts for 2020.

The document was more than a month late.

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The accounts had been due on July 7 2021, but the party delivered them on August 26 2021.

The Scottish Greens have had a Glasgow MSP, Patrick Harvie, since 2003 and have 10 councillors in the city following last month’s election.

It now has two ministers in the Scottish Government after the 2021 Holyrood election and a deal with the SNP and has agreed a deal to support a minority SNP council  administration in Glasgow.

The Electoral Commission stated: “The party’s 2020 annual statement of accounts was delivered late.

“A sanction was appropriate in this case in line with our enforcement policy.”

The sanction is due on July 13.

The Electoral Commission said there had been recent cases of non-compliance which contributed to the decision to impose a penalty.

Previous examples  include a £200 fine in 2021 over a failure to deliver a complete campaign spending return for the 2019 general election, and a penalty of £5,349 in 2020 for breaching the rules on disclosing donations.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Greens said: “We regret that due to documentation from a third party being received late our statement of accounts for 2020 was not submitted on time.

“Our accounts received a clean audit and we are confident the problem will not reoccur.”