Scotland politics

SNP spend £1.1m on Scottish election campaign

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Image caption The spending figures looked at the Holyrood election in May

The Scottish National Party spent more than £1.1m on its landslide-winning Holyrood election campaign, out-spending all of its competitors.

Labour spent £816,000, while the Conservative campaign fund stood at £273,462, with the Lib Dems on £176,300.

The figures were published by the Electoral Commission watchdog.

In total, 22 parties spent a total of about £2.6m in the regulated period between January 6 and May 5.

The Liberal Democrats spent the least of the main parties at £176,300 - just over £35,000 for each of its five MSPs elected.

The Scottish Green Party, which returned two MSPs, spent £132,464.

The SNP spent a total of £1,141,662.

The party's business convener Derek MacKay, said: "Winning elections takes more than money."

Andy O'Neill, head of the Electoral Commission's Scotland office, added: "The information we have published today completes the picture on campaign spending at the Scottish Parliament elections.

"Voters can now see exactly how parties spent their money campaigning for votes."