The SNP won their historic landslide victory last year after spending more
than four times their nearest rivals Labour
Scottish news: SNP outspend all Scottish political rivals combined
by Laura Latre
The Scottish National Party (SNP) spent more than all their rivals combined last year as they secured a landslide election victory which saw them win an outright majority in Scotland’s parliament.
First Minister Alex Salmond’s SNP had a “remarkable” year in 2011. The party received more than £5m in income from its donors including £1m from Euromillions lottery winners Colin and Christine Weir, a similar amount in the form of a bequest from the late Makar Edwin Morgan and a six-figure sum from bus company chief Sir Brian Souter.
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According to newly released Electoral Commission (EC) figures the SNP spent £3.5mn in 2011, several times more than their closest rivals Labour which spent £781,569. The Scottish Lib Dems received £533,782 in 2011 and spent nearly £500,000. There was no specific figures published for the Conservatives in Scotland.
The figures also showed the SNP was the fourth wealthiest party in Britain last year, with just less than £1mn in assets compared to the £6.2mn of the Liberal Democrats at UK level.
Among all parties at UK level, the Labour party registered the biggest expenditure, spending more than £30mn of the £31mn it received in 2011.
Most other mainstream parties in the UK have suffered declines in income. The UK Conservatives received £23mn in 2011 and spent £22.8mn - a drop from £43.1mn achieved in the 2010 general election year.
Although outspending its Scottish rivals last year, the SNP still managed to set aside £1.5 million for its independence referendum war chest.
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