Revealed: What each candidate spent on the General Election

Portsmouth South's Flick Drummond, second left, and third left, Portsmouth North's Penny Mordaunt celebrate winning their seats for the Conservatives in the general election ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150736-797)
Portsmouth South's Flick Drummond, second left, and third left, Portsmouth North's Penny Mordaunt celebrate winning their seats for the Conservatives in the general election ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150736-797)

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  • Candidates at the general election spent thousands to win their seats
  • Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond spent more than £45,000 in the run-up to the vote
  • Other Tory candidates also spent the most in their area to win
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MORE than £40,000 was spent on getting Flick Drummond into the Portsmouth South MP seat.

The expenses for the election campaign show that £44,235 was spent in the lead-up to May’s election to get Ms Drummond into the hotly-contested seat.

The national parties will spend more where they think they have a chance of gaining something.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson

The total spent was four times as much as the next highest Tory candidate Caroline Dinenage who secured her Gosport seat after spending £12,530.

Runner-up to the Portsmouth South seat Gerald Vernon-Jackson, from the Liberal Democrat party, spent the second-highest total out of all 33 candidates for Portsmouth North and South, Gosport, Havant and Fareham.

He spend a total of £37,964.

But he said the high amounts of money spent by himself and Mrs Drummond are not surprising as Portsmouth South was not a safe seat.

‘Most seats are safe seats for one party and therefore not much money is spent on them,’ he said.

‘So, only a very few seats have the potential to change hands and that’s where the spending goes.’

Mr Vernon-Jackson, who is also a councillor in Portsmouth, added that it is not always the case of whoever spends the most wins.

This happened in Portsmouth North where Labour candidate John Ferrett spent £12,484 compared to Tory candidate Penny Mordaunt who spent £8,444. Ms Mordaunt held on to her seat.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson added: ‘It is not a simple case of whoever spends the most wins.

‘The national parties will spend more where they think they have a chance of gaining something.

‘Everyone realised Portsmouth North wasn’t going to change hands so little money was spent there.

‘But Portsmouth South was a very hard-fought seat.’

As well as receiving money from the national parties, candidates also received donations to help pay for their campaigns.

Mrs Drummond received £56,208 from residents in Portsmouth, the Portsmouth South Tories and organisations and groups from Berkshire, Surrey and Bisham, near Maidenhead.

She said: ‘My constituency was a target seat for the Conservatives so more was spent on the campaign here than in other neighbouring constituencies that were not target seats.

‘This is common practice for all political parties.

‘I was also helped by donations from individuals who had seen the work I had done in Portsmouth South over the years and who wanted to see a Conservative MP elected.’

Mrs Drummond spent £770 on a banner, election trailer and polling day car in the lead up to the vote.

She also spent nearly £2,000 on monthly ‘My Plan’ leaflets and £172.50 on T-shirts.

Ukip candidate Chris Wood, who stood for Gosport, said after the election that he was outgunned by the Tories and they had more money to spend on their campaign.

But he said that candidates should be able to spend as much as they can.

‘It is hard to reach everyone in your area on a small budget,’ he said.

‘You can’t expect to put leaflets through every house, have posters throughout the area and reach every constituent if you don’t have the money.

‘The Tories had a lot of support so while they might have had volunteers to put leaflets through people’s doors, we had to pay for that service.’

In the election areas covered by The News, the Tory candidates spent the most and won with newly-elected Havant MP Alan Mak spending £11,822.70 – £9,479.20 more than Ukip’s John Perry who spent £2,343.50.

WHO SPENT WHAT

PORTSMOUTH SOUTH

Flick Drummond (Con)

Total spent: £44,235.44

Donations: £56,208.73

Notes: £11,148.57 on advertising. £18,193.79 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Lib Dem)

Total spent: £37,964.67

Donations: £37,964.67

Notes: £30,740 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Sue Castillon (Lab)

Notes: Expenses not available at time of publication.

Steve Harris (Ukip)

Total spent: £1,022.99

Notes: £1,022.99 on advertising.

Ian McCulloch (Green)

Total spent: £1,110.49

Notes: £857.25 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Mike Hancock (Ind)

Total spent: £2,315.87

Notes: £2,109.38 on leaflets, posters etc.

Sean Hoyle (Tusc)

Total spent: £650

Notes: £400 on advertising.

Don Jerrard (Jac)

Total spent: £6,796.80

Notes: £6,796.80 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

PORTSMOUTH NORTH

Penny Mordaunt (Con)

Total spent: £8,444.37

Donations: £8,444.37

Notes: £7960.12 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

John Ferrett (Lab)

Total spent: £12,484.70

Notes: £12,484.70 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Mike Fitzgerald (Ukip)

Total spent: £1,042

Notes: £986 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Darren Sanders (Lib Dem)

Total spent: £7590.51

Notes: £3017.62 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Gavin Ellis (Green)

Total spent: £261.33

Notes: £208 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Jon Woods (Tusc)

Total spent: £1035.02

Notes: 1025.02 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Steven George (Jacp)

Total spent: £10

Notes: £10 spent on accommodation.

FAREHAM

Suella Fernandes (Con)

Total spent: £8426.92

Donations: £6,190

Notes: £5,255.43 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Malcolm Jones (Ukip)

Total spent: £1,050

Donations: £300

Notes: £850 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Stuart Rose (Lab)

Total spent: £1,020

Donations: £1,020

Notes: £1,020 spent on advertising.

Matthew Winnington (Lib Dem)

Total spent: £1,500.22

Donations: £1,500.22

Notes: £1,287.50 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Miles Grindey (Green)

Total spent: £451.43

Notes: £225.60 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Nick Gregory (Ind)

Total spent: 780.99

Notes: 780.99 spent on advertising.

Harvey Hines (Ind)

Total spent: £33.98

Notes: £20.98 spent on rosettes.

GOSPORT

Caroline Dinenage (Con)

Total spent: £12531.78

Notes: £5,036.02 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Christopher Wood (Ukip)

Total spent: £3,745.29

Notes: £3,269 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Alan Durrant (Lab)

Total spent: £7,065.52

Donations: £300

Notes: £7,065.52 spent on advertising.

Rob Hylands (Lib Dem)

Total spent: £1,723.68

Notes: £1,066.99 spent on leaflets, posters etc. £587.69 spent on Facebook adverts.

Monica Cassidy (Green)

Total spent: £609

Donations: £600

Notes: £480 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

Jeffrey Roberts (Ind)

Total spent: £240

Notes: £240 spent on leaflets, posters etc.

HAVANT

Alan Mak (Con)

Total spent: £11,822.70

John Perry (Ukip)

Total spent: £2343.50