Friday, 10 December 2010

General Election Expenditure.

The Electoral Commission have published candidates and political parties expenses for the 2010 General Election and they make interesting reading. In Wales political parties spent over £2 million with the Conservatives leading the way with £1.1 million, Labour with £500,000, Liberal Democrats on £330,000 and Plaid Cymru on £145,000. In addition to that, candidates in constituencies have to declare their own expenditure.

In Wrecsam the candidates expenditure was:

Labour £ 9,216
Plaid Cymru £ 3,179
Conservatives £ 9,269
Liberal Democrats £ 12,193
UKIP £ 1,150
BNP £ 400

In Clwyd South the candidates expenditure was:

Labour £ 7,366
Plaid Cymru £ 2,041
Conservatives £ 19,967
Liberal Democrats £ 2,213
UKIP £ 986
BNP £ 400

Throughout the UK each candidate spent on average over £6,000 on their campaign with the 4,000 candidates spending in all, over £25 million with the parties spending approximately £31 million. The total spend on the 2010 General Election was therefore in excess of £55 million which is a lot of money but again way off the spend of an American election.

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