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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.

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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.

Election count Newmarket Leisure centre 2019 Matt Hancock wins West Suffolk. Picture by Mark Westley. (30202376)
Election count Newmarket Leisure centre 2019 Matt Hancock wins West Suffolk. Picture by Mark Westley. (30202376)

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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