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Election campaign spending by political parties

The tables below show spending in Great Britain by parties that won seats at the 2010 general election and the 2005 general election, ordered by amount spent. Details include the number of seats won, the number of seats contested, the total sums spent and regional variations in spending.

For information about election spending in Northern Ireland and for other elections, visit the Electoral Commission website.

2010 general election spending in Great Britain by parties who won seats
Party Seats Contested Total spent (England Scotland Wales)
Conservative 306 631 £16,682,874 £14,298,166 £1,273,110 £1,111,598
Labour* 258 631 £8,009,483 £6,516,412 £967,904 £525,116
  Lib Dem 57 631 £4,787,595 £3,987,035 £470,619 £329,941
  Scottish National 6 59 £315,776 £315,776
  Plaid Cymru 3 40 £144,933 £144,933
  Green 1 335 £325,425 £325,425


2005 general election spending in Great Britain by parties who won seats
Party Seats Contested Total spent (England Scotland Wales)
Labour* 356 627 £17,939,617 £15,227,697 £1,636,450 £1,075,470
  Conservative 198 627 £17,852,240 £15,690,032 £1,317,192 £845,015
  Lib Dem 62 626 £4,324,574 £3,631,053 £435,406 £258,115
  Respect 1 26 £320,716 £307,891 £12,825
  Scottish National 6 59 £193,987 £193,987
  Plaid Cymru 3 40 £38,879 £38,879

* – excludes Co-operative Party spending
Source: The Electoral Commission


Related information

Electoral Commission report - Election 2005 Campaign Spending (pdf)



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