GE2017 Candidate Spending

Because of one thing and another this post has taken a few months to finally see the light of day but finally you can find out how much every candidate in Scotland spent on campaigning at the General Election in 2017.

These figures are for candidate spending which is spending where a candidate authorises campaigning to promote them at an election. For example, leaflets, billboard advertising, websites and campaign staff costs.

The figures do not include party campaign spending which is spending authorised by a party to promote the party and its policies generally. For example, national newspaper adverts for the party, or leaflets explaining party policy. It also includes spending on promoting candidates at elections where the party nominates a list of candidates for a region, rather than individual candidates for local areas. Unfortunately there is not a feasible way to break this down by Constituency given information available.

Also make sure you check down to the bottom of the article to see why I reported the Liberal Democrats to the Electoral Commission over their candidate spending returns.

Note: The figure in brackets next to the Constituency name is the maximum amount that a candidate in that Constituency may spend (it’s based on the number of eligible voters in that Constituency). Also where you see an asterisk against a candidate’s name it denotes the candidate duly elected.

Aberdeen North (£12,347.70)

  • *Kirsty Blackman (SNP) – £7,867.49
  • Richard John Durkin (Ind) – £690.00
  • Orr Vinegold (Lab) – £5,346.07
  • Grace O’Keeffe (Con) – £1,463.88
  • Isobel Davidson (LD) – £890.65

Aberdeen South (£12,597.84)

  • *Ross Thomson (Con) – £11,694.55
  • Callum McCaig (SNP) – £9,632.69
  • Callum O’Dwyer (Lab) – £3,222.64
  • Jenny Wilson (LD) – £1,180.50

Airdrie and Shotts (£14,364.87)

  • *Neil Gray (SNP) – £2,980.03
  • Helen McFarlane (Lab) – £4,655.99
  • Ewan McRobert (LD) – £44.86
  • Jennifer Mary Donnellan (Con) – £1,196.74

Angus (£14,373.15)

  • Clive Sneddon (LD) – £1,312.75
  • Michael Weir (SNP) – £5,616.41
  • *Kirstene Hair (Con) – £13,224.33

Argyll and Bute (£14,688.69)

  • *Brendan O’Hara (SNP) – £11,182.10
  • Michael Kelly (Lab) – £1,246.80
  • Gary Mulvaney (Con) – £13,901.22
  • Alan Reid (LD) – £11,866.40

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (£15,111.69)

  • Corri Wilson (SNP) – £10,818.04
  • Carol Mochan (Lab) – £2,904.50
  • *Bill Grant (Con) – £13,381.47
  • Callum Leslie (LD) – £80.17

Banff and Buchan (£14,784.09)

  • Eilidh Whiteford (SNP) – £13,939.06
  • *David Duguid (Con) – £13,990.34
  • Caitlin Stott (Lab) – £1,289.64
  • Galen Milne (LD) – £1,442.64

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (£15,287.19)

  • Calum Kerr (SNP) – £14,086.99
  • *John Lamont (Con) – £14,286.14
  • Ian Davidson (Lab) – £2,246.67
  • Caroline Burgess (LD) – £1,932.24

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (£12,918.12)

  • Paul Monaghan (SNP) – £7,477.54
  • Olivia Bell (Lab) – £979.02
  • *Jamie Stone (LD) – £9,387.11
  • Struan Mackie (Con) – £4,902.04

Central Ayrshire (£14,409.91)

  • *Philippa Whitford (SNP) – £4,167.85
  • Nairn McDonald (Lab) – £3,449.94
  • Tom Inglis (LD) – £80.17
  • Caroline Joy Hollins Martin (Con) – £2,777.22

Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (£12,971.88)

  • Phil Boswell (SNP) – £3,402.12
  • *Hugh Gaffney (Lab) – £8,558.78
  • David Bennie (LD) – £44.86
  • Robyn Halbert (Con) – £948.98

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East (£14,581.41)

  • Carl Dean Pearson (UKIP) – £516.87
  • *Stuart McDonald (SNP) – £7,221.56
  • Rod Ackland (LD) – £44.86
  • Stephen Charles Johnston (Con) – £1,058.98
  • Elisha Fisher (Lab) – £2,833.00

Dumfries and Galloway (£15,378.54)

  • Joan Mitchell (LD) – £643.86
  • Yen Hongmei Jin (Ind) – £2,005.71
  • Richard Arkless (SNP) – £15,116.39
  • Daniel Goodare (Lab) – £6,190.47
  • *Alister Jack (Con) – £14,208.12

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale (£14,790.48)

  • Màiri McAllan (SNP) – £10,785.13
  • *David Mundell (Con) – £13,410.64
  • Douglas Beattie (Lab) – £3,443.41
  • John Ferry (LD) – £1,068.54

Dundee East (£12,598.32)

  • *Stewart Hosie (SNP) – £3,973.26
  • Lesley Brennan (Lab) – £3,654.79
  • Eleanor Price (Con) – £1,101.50
  • Christopher John McIntyre (LD) – £44.86

Dundee West (£12,368.94)

  • *Chris Law (SNP) – £5,016.49
  • Alan Cowan (Lab) – £4,575.36
  • Jenny Marion Margaret Blain (LD) – £44.86
  • Darren Cormack (Con) – £998.36
  • Sean David Dobson (Ind) – £71.00

Dunfermline and West Fife (£15,434.79)

  • *Douglas Chapman (SNP) – £7,320.91
  • James Calder (LD) – £1,122.70
  • Cara Hilton (Lab) – £8,212.08
  • Belinda Hacking (Con) – £1,700.93

East Dunbartonshire (£14,619.03)

  • John Nicolson (SNP) – £10,139.57
  • Callum McNally (Lab) – £3,111.50
  • Sheila Mechan (Con) – £917.98
  • *Jo Swinson (LD) – £14,409.44

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (£15,939.78)

  • Janice MacKay (UKIP) – £556.26
  • Mark McGeever (Con) – £1,244.14
  • Monique McAdams (Lab) – £4,507.19
  • *Lisa Cameron (SNP) – £5,566.35
  • Paul McGarry (LD) – £799.66

East Lothian (£15,862.02)

  • Elisabeth Mary Wilson (LD) – £2,209.25
  • George Kerevan (SNP) – £13,366.24
  • *Martin Whitfield (Lab) – £12,510.66
  • Sheila Low (Con) – £14,323.02
  • Mike Allan (Ind) – £0.00

East Renfrewshire (£14,945.82)

  • Blair McDougall (Lab) – £13,876.72
  • Kirsten Oswald (SNP) – £7,721.02
  • *Paul Masterton (Con) – £13,962.01
  • Aileen Morton (LD) – £807.80

Edinburgh East (£12,653.76)

  • Patsy King (Lab) – £3,278.80
  • Tristan Gray (LD) – £1,053.17
  • Katie Mackie (Con) – £1,890.48
  • *Tommy Sheppard (SNP) – £11,243.86

Edinburgh North and Leith (£13,468.38)

  • Iain McGill (Con) – £12,082.81
  • *Deidre Brock (SNP) – £12,246.15
  • Gordon Munro (Lab) – £11,138.88
  • Lorna Jane Slater (Grn) – £1,769.00
  • Martin Veart (LD) – £1,865.48

Edinburgh South (£12,499.92)

  • *Ian Murray (Lab) – £12,299.24
  • Alan Beal (LD) – £1,703.48
  • Stephanie Smith (Con) – £4,800.06
  • James Eadie (SNP) – £10,891,43

Edinburgh South West (£12,888.96)

  • Foysol Choudhury (Lab) – £5,010.11
  • Miles Briggs (Con) – £11,683.33
  • *Joanna Cherry (SNP) – £12,469.11
  • Aisha Mir (LD) – £1,578.02

Edinburgh West (£12,994.74)

  • Toni Giugliano (SNP) – Return not filled in correctly
  • *Christine Jardine (LD) – £11,314.06
  • Sandy Batho (Con) – £4,390.23
  • Amanda Telford (Lab) – £1,786.85
  • Mark Robertson (Oth) – £1,576.00

Falkirk (£16,046.52)

  • Austin Reed (LD) – £824.91
  • *John McNally (SNP) – £3,858.84
  • Craig Martin (Lab) – £3,881.49
  • Debra Pickering (Grn) – £31.81
  • Callum Laidlaw (Con) – £1,337.82
  • Stuart Martin (UKIP) – £822.00

Glasgow Central (£12,438.48)

  • Faten Hameed (Lab) – £2,331.75
  • *Alison Thewliss (SNP) – £10,051.31
  • Isabella Nelson (LD) – £44.86
  • Charlotte Fairbanks (Con) – £1558.60

Glasgow East (£12,633.12)

  • *David Linden (SNP) – £7,499.01
  • Matthew Clark (LD) – £748.96
  • Kate Watson (Lab) – £5,203.78
  • Thomas Kerr (Con) – £1,397.92
  • John Ferguson (UKIP) – £567.07
  • Karin Finegan (Ind) – £271.87
  • Steven Marshall (Oth) – £1,496.84

Glasgow North (£11,831.04)

  • *Patrick Grady (SNP) – £9,740.30
  • Pam Duncan-Glancy (Lab) – £8,120.88
  • Patrick Harvie (Grn) – £7,996.53
  • Calum Shepherd (LD) – £666.90
  • Stuart Cullen (Con) – £1,242,82

Glasgow North East (£12,239.22)

  • *Paul Sweeney (Lab) – £5,551.41
  • Anne McLaughlin (SNP) – £5,740.17
  • Daniel Donaldson (LD) – £734.03
  • Jack Wylie (Con) – £1,272.38

Glasgow North West (£12,470.58)

  • James Spiers (LD) – £734.03
  • *Carol Monaghan (SNP) – £7,642.42
  • Michael Shanks (Lab) – £3,964.65
  • Christopher Land (Con) – £1,369.40

Glasgow South (£12,779.40)

  • *Stewart McDonald (SNP) – £4,157.52
  • Eileen Dinning (Lab) – £1,872.80
  • Ewan Hoyle (LD) – £742.98
  • Taylor Muir (Con) – £1,658.48

Glasgow South West (£12,431.52)

  • *Chris Stephens (SNP) – £7,600.08
  • Sarah Hemy (UKIP) – £501.87
  • Ben Denton-Cardew (LD) – £139.36
  • Thomas Haddow (Con) – £1,081.38
  • Matt Kerr (Lab) – £9,776.23

Glenrothes (£14,623.89)

  • Rebecca Bell (LD) – £722.09
  • *Peter Grant (SNP) – £4,615.95
  • Altany Craik (Lab) – Return not filled in correctly
  • Alex Brown (Con) – £1,700.93

Gordon (£15,790.47)

  • Alex Salmond (SNP) – £15,233.39
  • Kirsten Muat (Lab) – £275.00
  • *Colin Clark (Con) – £14,867.15
  • David Evans (LD) – £12,217.13

Inverclyde (£13,976.70)

  • David Wilson (Con) – £1,047.34
  • David Stevens (LD) – £1,042.35
  • Martin McCluskey (Lab) – £12,936.54
  • *Ronnie Cowan (SNP) – £13,613.30

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (£15,615.96)

  • Donald Boyd (Oth) – £734.69
  • *Drew Hendry (SNP) – £12,991.03
  • Mike Robb (Lab) – £2,049.31
  • Ritchie Cunningham (LD) – £2,316.88
  • Nicholas Tulloch (Con) – £5,999.13

Kilmarnock and Loudoun (£15,299.43)

  • *Alan Brown (SNP) – £6,269.16
  • Irene Lang (LD) – £80.17
  • Laura Dover (Lab) – £3,297.18
  • Alison Harper (Con) – £1,500.76

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (£15,183.51)

  • Roger Mullin (SNP) – £9,799.92
  • *Lesley Laird (Lab) – £7,134.39
  • Dave Dempsey (Con) – £2,421.38
  • Malcolm Wood (LD) – £0.00
  • David Coburn (UKIP) – £707.00

Lanark and Hamilton East (£15,509.22)

  • Donald McKay (UKIP) – £568.35
  • *Angela Crawley (SNP) – £7,987.87
  • Andrew Hilland (Lab) – £12,637.36
  • Poppy Corbett (Con) – £14,293.26
  • Colin Robb (LD) – £44.86

Linlithgow and East Falkirk (£16,464.21)

  • *Martyn Day (SNP) – £7,310.01
  • Joan Coombes (Lab) – £2,991.80
  • Sally Pattle (LD) – £44.86
  • Charles Kennedy (Con) – £1,996.10

Livingston (£16,095.21)

  • Rhea Wolfson (Lab) – £7,301.70
  • *Hannah Bardell (SNP) – £10,781.61
  • Charles Dundas (LD) – £44.86
  • Damian Timson (Con) – £1,878.02

Midlothian (£14,901.72)

  • Owen Thomson (SNP) – £6,114.43
  • *Danielle Rowley (Lab) – £9,742.38
  • Chris Donnelly (Con) – £6,544.96
  • Ross Laird (LD) – £787.89

Moray (£15,281.43)

  • Joanne Kirby (Lab) – £1,871.35
  • *Douglas Ross (Con) – £14,190.05
  • Anne Glenn (Ind) – £1,414.64
  • Alex Linklater (LD) – £791.32
  • Angus Robertson (SNP) – £15,215.75

Motherwell and Wishaw (£12,762.90)

  • Meghan Gallacher (Con) – £1,071.80
  • Yvonne Finlayson (LD) – £829.83
  • *Marion Fellows (SNP) – £6,933.15
  • Angela Feeney (Lab) – £3,230.78
  • Neil Wilson (UKIP) – £544.75

Na h-Eileanan an Iar (£10,600.98)

  • Alexander Cormack (Oth) – £525.15
  • Ealasaid MacDonald (Lab) – £4,213.85
  • Daniel McCroskie (Con) – £931.95
  • James Paterson (LD) – £44.86
  • *Angus MacNeil (SNP) – £5,503.18

North Ayrshire and Arran (£15,285.84)

  • *Patricia Gibson (SNP) – £8,834.05
  • Mark Dickson (LD) – £80.17
  • Chris Rimicans (Lab) – £3,556.94
  • David Rocks (Con) – £3,691.45

North East Fife (£13,890.12)

  • Mike Scott-Hayward (Oth) – £1,441.44
  • *Stephen Gethins (SNP) – £10,301.86
  • Elizabeth Riches (LD) – £13,458.55
  • Rosalind Garton (Lab) – £1,243.69
  • Tony Miklinski (Con) – £7,007.74

Ochil and South Perthshire (£15,609.03)

  • *Luke Graham (Con) – £14,529.93
  • Joanne Ross (Lab) – £2,211.02
  • Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (SNP) – £13,511.52
  • Iliyan Stefanov (LD) – £1,009.94

Orkney and Shetland (£11,758.38)

  • Stuart Hill (Ind) – No return submitted
  • Miriam Brett (SNP) – £561.00
  • *Alistair Carmichael (LD) – £10,017.62
  • James-Halcro Johnston (Con) – £1,440.46
  • Robert Smith (UKIP) – £0.00
  • Robina Barton (Lab) – £1,233.36

Paisley and Renfrewshire North (£14,714.07)

  • *Gavin Newlands (SNP) – £6,629.75
  • David Gardiner (Con) – £1,179.46
  • Alison Taylor (Lab) – £7,863.95
  • John Boyd (LD) – £0.00

Paisley and Renfrewshire South (£14,180.37)

  • Paul Mack (Ind) – £3,078.00
  • *Mhairi Black (SNP) – £7,109.09
  • Amy Thomson (Con) – £1,159.86
  • Alison Dowling (Lab) – £5,396.38
  • Eileen McCartin (LD) – £699.61

Perth and North Perthshire (£15,064.08)

  • Peter Barrett (LD) – £1,018.92
  • *Pete Wishart (SNP) – £9,779.12
  • Ian Duncan (Con) – £13,878.44
  • David Roemmele – £910.53

Ross, Skye and Lochaber (£13,472.70)

  • Lewis Sturrock (Oth) – £894.95
  • Ronnie Campbell (Ind) – £952.50
  • *Ian Blackford (SNP) – £9,387.08
  • Robert Mackenzie (Con) – £6,267.34
  • Peter O’Donnghaile (Lab) – £1,529.00
  • Jean Davis (LD) – £8,170.34

Rutherglen and Hamilton West (£13,401.00)

  • Caroline Santos (UKIP) – £576.04
  • Margaret Ferrier (SNP) – £8,678.60
  • *Gerald Killen (Lab) – £8,222.76
  • Robert Brown (LD) – £931.49
  • Ann LeBlond (Con) – £1,279.00
  • Andy Dixon (Ind) – £719.41

Stirling (£14,590.41)

  • Steven Paterson (SNP) – £7,290.41
  • *Stephen Kerr (Con) – £13,682.92
  • Chris Kane (Lab) – £2,103.46
  • Wendy Chamberlain (LD) – £806.29
  • Kirstein Rummery (Oth) – £3,345.94

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (£15,222.93)

  • *Andrew Bowie (Con) – £14,216.64
  • Stuart Donaldson (SNP) – £13,208.25
  • Barry Black (Lab) – £1,740.31
  • John Waddell (LD) – £4,762.33

West Dunbartonshire (£14,910.00)

  • *Martin Docherty-Hughes (SNP) – £8,899.15
  • Rebecca Plenderleith (LD) – £739.00
  • Penny Hutton (Con) – £1,197.58
  • Jean Mitchell (Lab) – £3,378.11

Across the 59 Westminster Constituencies in Scotland 266 candidates stood for election spending a total of £1,303,921.34 between them, an average of £4,901.96 per candidate.

Adding up the figures for all candidates for a given party works out at:

  • Conservative – £348,431.95
  • Labour – £281,057.85
  • Liberal Democrats – £132,969.78 (more on them coming up)
  • SNP – £507,086.07

We should not be surprised that the SNP spent the most given that at the previous General Election in 2015 they had won 56 out of the 59 available seats and as such would have a realistic expectation of winning these sets again. Compare that with the Tories & Labour who only spent token amounts in Constituencies where they knew they had no chance of winning.

Now coming back to the Liberal Democrats… When I first saw these figures a few months ago I thought a few things were suspicious about their returns, especially lots of field with exactly the same values in them. Even just from the total spend figures I’ve posted above you will see that they claim a total spend of exactly £80.17 in 4 Constituencies (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock; Central Ayrshire; Kilmarnock and Loudoun & North Ayrshire and Arran). In addition in a further 10 Constituencies they claim a total spend of precisely £44.86 (Airdrie and Shotts; Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill; Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East; Dundee East; Dundee West; Glasgow Central; Lanark and Hamilton East; Linlithgow and East Falkirk, Livingston & Na h-Eileanan an Iar).  They even claim to have spent nothing at all in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath & Paisley and Renfrewshire North.

I reported this to the Electoral Commission at the time who said they would investigate this and as far as I know that investigation is still ongoing. I’ve also just submitted a Freedom of Information to get hold of the actual spending returns in question and will update when I have more info.

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