Parties’ election spending revealed…

THE Electoral Commission has revealed how much the parties spent in the last general election. Notable highlights include independent Kieran Deeny overspending by £1,400 and Sinn Fein’s incredibly low spend of just £44,000, a figure that I find very difficult to believe. Meanwhile, the UUP spent a quarter of a million quid to lose five of its six seats.

  • domysums

    It would be interesting if someone added the candidate spend to the party totals, I’m too lazy. As usual for SF the local spend seems larger than the central party budget. The DUP and SDLP also appear to have paid out huge sums for their manifestos and advertising respectively (couldn’t find UUP in the mess of a pdf)

  • DK

    Both Sinn Fein and DUP put zero for “unsolicited material to electors”, but I definitely got crap from both of them shoved through my letterbox.

  • Observer

    The Shinners tend to declare the vast bulk of their expenditure at constituency level hence the small HQ figure for last year and previous years.

    The total constituency spend for Sinn Fein was stg£92,344.27 last year — on top of HQ spend of stg£44,000.

    The Electoral Commission noted this as far back as the Westminster election of 2001 saying:“Sinn Féin out-spent the SDLP in several constituencies, despite its relatively low party expenditure.”

    You can see that again here in West Belfast where Gerry Adams reportedly spent stg£8984.37 and the SDLP’s Alex Attwood only stg£2361.49.

  • Crataegus

    High time we radically reduced the amount candidates and parties can spend. You really don’t need A0 full colour posters and full colour election addresses, fleets of taxis delivering the fodder to polling stations etc. It would help move us away from the current problems with funding and would encourage a bit of creativity and perhaps a bit more desire to build a public profile by involvement in the community.

    I wonder how many people actually read the election addresses?

  • JohnKerry

    “High time we radically reduced the amount candidates and parties can spend. You really don’t need A0 full colour posters and full colour election addresses, fleets of taxis delivering the fodder to polling stations etc”

    I’m afraid thats totally against the grain, if you look at election spending in the UK you can see that Northern Irish politicians spend alot less than them. On mainland europe they spend even more again and the USA is on a completely different level to all of the above. Thats reality of fighting elections today I’m afraid.

  • Greg

    Have to say, I don’t believe most of these figures. For example, Mitchell McLaughlin is supposed to have spent less in Foyle than Mark Durkan. SF put a 32 page full colour glossy brochure through every door. Must have cost a most of the declared spend for the booklet alone. Interesting to see that the UUP candidate spent almost three times as much as the SEA’s Eamonn McCann. McCann out-polled him so it just shows that it’s not too easy to buy votes.

  • Crataegus

    JohnKerry

    Can we not be different? Why follow lemming like to the financial cliff?

  • Glen Taisie

    The figures quoted by the parties are entirely fictional as they only have to back it up by the production of an invoice. So if you spend £75k in three instalments of £25k then by only submitting one invoice for £25k to the Electoral office you can hide £50k. Which District Council or Electoral office is going to count posters, newspaper ads, leaflets etc ?

    Deeny’s figures may be the only accurate ones.