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Party accounts of less than £250,000 published by the Electoral Commission

The DUP's Lagan Valley Westminster Association spent £34,000 from an income of £6,250

Administration costs coupled with contesting last year's Stormont election and its Westminster counterpart cost the SDLP £220,000, figures from the Electoral Commission show.

The regional polling oversight body yesterday published the financial accounts of Northern Ireland parties with an expenditure of less than a quaAdministration costs coupled withter of a million pounds.

After the SDLP, which had an income in 2017 of £237,000, the highest spender in the bracket was the Greens, who paid out £98,000 from an income of £108,000.

The Conservative and Unionist Party, which failed to get a single candidate elected in both the Westminster and assembly polls, spent £76,000 from an income of £83,500.

People Before Profit had an expenditure of £76,500 from an income of £69,000 – a figure matched by the Socialist Party (Northern Ireland), which spent £70,000.

Jim Allister's TUV banked £43,500 and spent £34,000, while the Workers' Party expenditure of £37,000 was covered by an income that was £500 greater.

Cross Community Labour Alliance spent marginally more than its income of £23,000 and the Animal Welfare Party had an outlay of £6,500 from an income of £9,000. The Progressive Unionist Party spent £4,500 from an income of £5,500.

The Electoral Commission also published the accounts of parties' 'accounting units', which are affiliated but file separate accounts.

The DUP's Westminster group spent £26,500 more than its income of £240,000, while Alliance's assembly group spent £75,000 from an income of £89,000.

The DUP's Lagan Valley Westminster Association had an income of £6,250 and an expenditure of almost £34,000.

 

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