Inspired by Phil's post on minor parties election spending I thought I'd geek it up and take a dip into the third party election spending for the European elections earlier this year.
Third Parties are organisations or individuals who incur spending during the election but are not running candidates that can back or oppose specific candidates but usually raise specific issues. The summary of the spending is as follows;
|Name of Third Party||England (£)||Wales (£)||Scotland (£)||N. Ireland (£)||Total Expenditure |
|Board of Deputies of British Jews||30,656.27||2,066.72||1,722.26||34,445.25|
|League Against Cruel Sports||865.8||144.45||288.8||144.45||1,443.50|
|Vote Cruelty Free||1,629.20||181.02||181.02||181.02||2,712.26|
|Unite Against Fascism||77,176||3,303||6,508||86,987|
|National Union of Teachers||25,194||-||-||25,194|
|Public and Commercial Services Union||57,357||5,308||7,364||4,765||74,794|
So if we look at the breakdown a bit the teachers union made £ 6,450 of donations to UAF plus a token £ 65 to Searchlight for their anti-fascist campaigns whilst the PCS union declared £ 16,400 expenditure on Love Music Hate Racism and a more modest £ 346 donation to its parent organisation, UAF.
Another point of note on the anti-fascist spending is that the Mirror, who helped fund a vast number of anti-fascist leaflets, chipped in to the tune of £ 24,122 and 50 pence. Kudos.