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Tories spent more than other parties in 2008

30th July 2009

The Conservative Party spent more than both Labour and the Liberal Democrats last year, according to new figures.

Tory spending totalled nearly £32 million in the 12 months to December 31st 2008, the Electoral Commission highlights.

Labour, meanwhile, clocked up spending of more than £26 million, while the Liberal Democrats managed to spend just over £6 million.

A total of 11 political parties submitted financial accounts to the Electoral Commission for expenditure over £250,000.

Peter Wardle, chief executive of the Electoral Commission, said that being aware of party expenditure is important to ensure their funding is transparent.

He said: 'I'm glad to see that the majority of the large parties and accounting units have understood the need to ensure their accounts are submitted to us by the deadline set.

'Transparency about party finances is one of the key factors that can help public confidence in politics.'

The Electoral Commission recently called for more effort to ensure the accuracy and completeness of electoral registers.

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