Scotland’s only Tory MP is the biggest spender – £46,800 splashed out on campaign


THE ONLY Tory MP in Scotland was the biggest spender in the country during the General Election campaign, splashing out more than £46,000.

David Mundell managed to cling onto his seat despite the massive surge towards the SNP – but it came at a price.


In total £46,843 was spent on keeping the now Scottish Secretary in his seat


In total £46,843 was spent on keeping the now Scottish Secretary in his Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale seat according to the official election returns.

Just over £20,000 went on “unsolicited material to electors” and £3,500 on a campaign manager.

Most of the money came from the Scottish branch of the party which gave £39,000 in cash and services.

Mr Mundell’s efforts were by far the most expensive in Scotland.

In second place came Labour candidate Archie Dryburgh, who spent £18,000 on his failed bid to become MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale.

Overall the Tories spent £2.26 per vote, Labour a massive £2.33 per vote and the SNP just 70p according to the figures.

An SNP spokesperson said: “David Mundell clearly felt he couldn’t win his seat based on his party’s policies or their track record, and the Tories do not have a democratic mandate in Scotland.”

A Scottish Conservative spokeswoman declined to comment.