Update 18:34 on 25/04/18: The Electoral Commission allows each candidate standing in an election to send one piece of campaign mail to every registered household free of charge, so I imagine that this spend would be the total for all candidates in Scotland.
While doing some research into spending by The Scotland Office into their spending on Social Media I stumbled across this rather interesting payment to the Royal Mail.
The Payment of £3,001,316.17 was included in a breakdown of the Government Department’s spending for August 2017.The payment relates to a bill from Royal Mail dated June 20th 2017 and carries a description of “Candidates Mailing”. The link to the source is below:
Given the timing being so soon after last year’s snap General Election one has to assume this somehow relates to candidates standing at said election.
It raises some very interesting questions as to just why a department of the Westminster Government would be paying such a thing?
I am going to investigate this further and reach out to the Scotland Office for an explanation, so stay tuned folks.
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