Tories and UKIP both spent three times as much as Labour in the European elections

Euro Election spendBoth UKIP and the Conservative Party outspent Labour by almost three times during this year’s European election campaign. It was UKIP’s first victory in a national election, and Labour came in second place with big spenders the Tories falling behind to third.

Labour were the only major party not to increase their election spending from the previous Euros in 2009 (when we finished a miserable third) and were even outspent this time around by the Lib Dems, who only won a single seat. Although many Labour supporters were disappointed to finish second in May, our election spend proved the best value for money, both in terms of votes and seats.

Money spent per vote
Lib Dems: £1.48 per vote
Conservatives: £0.79 per vote
SNP: £0.69 per vote
UKIP: £0.68 per vote
Green Party: £0.47 per vote
Labour: £0.26 per vote

Money spent per seat
Lib Dems: £1,580,575 per seat
Green Party: £178,083 per seat
Conservatives: £156,885 per seat
SNP: £133,686 per seat
UKIP: £123,197 per seat
Labour: £51,367 per seat

This suggests that Labour’s ground game is still by far the best of all the parties, and that our ability to target campaigns is the most effective, even if we don’t have the funds to compete in the air war.

As Maya Goodfellow reported yesterday, the Tories have recently changed the law to hugely increase the amount of money that can be spent during an election campaign.

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