Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk general election candidates' expenses amount to more than £34,000
General election candidates for the Bury St Edmunds seat racked up nearly £20,000 in election expenses, newly-published data reveals.
West Suffolk constituency was not far behind, with £14,529.11 spent by four candidates.
Conservative MP Jo Churchill, who won the Bury and Stowmarket seat, spent £10,723.95 during her campaign.
Of that, £6,990.97 was spent on ‘unsolicited material to electors’, such as leaflets and postage costs.
Meanwhile, £696.58 was spent on advertising; £2,496.16 on agent and other staff costs and £540.24 on accommodation and administration.
Mrs Churchill accepted a donation of £10,723.95 from Bury Conservative Association.
Labour party candidate Cliff Waterman spent £4,832.72 on his campaign, the Green Party’s Helen Geake spent £3,542.66 and independent candidate Paul Hopfensperger’s election expenses amounted to £630.10.
In West Suffolk, Conservative MP Matt Hancock’s election expenses were £9,787.71.
His bill for ‘unsolicited material to electors’ was £4,949.12, while he
spent £815.97 on advertising; £3,000.26 on agent and staff costs and £1,022.36 on accommodation and administration.
He received a £10,000 donation from Tattersalls.
Labour Party candidate Claire Unwin’s election expenses came to £2,476.04 and Liberal Democrat Elfreda Tealby-Watson spent £2,265.36 on her campaign.
In contrast, the Green Party’s Donald Allwright did not spend a penny on his campaign.
All general election candidates are required to log all election expenses payments.
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