David Mundell at a polling place, during last year's general election [Image: The Herald].

David Mundell at a polling place, during last year’s general election [Image: The Herald].


Did he? Did he really spend more than all the others combined?

In that case, he seems a perfect candidate for an election expenses investigation.

Is anybody looking into his returns?

Scotland’S only Tory MP was forced to spend more than all his election rivals put together in order to hold on to his seat, it has emerged.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell spent almost 90 per cent of the legal maximum to defend his Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency.

Official election returns show Mundell splashed £46,843 on his campaign between December and May, more than three times as much as his SNP challenger, Emma Harper.

Just over £20,000 went on “unsolicited material to electors”, campaign jargon for bumf through the letterbox, while another £3500 went on a dedicated campaign manager.

Scotland’s only Tory MP before the election, Mundell benefitted from a massive effort by the party high command to save his seat and avoid another Conservative wipeout in Scotland.

Tory HQ in Edinburgh bankrolled the vast majority of his campaign, giving just under £39,000 in cash and services, including £14,700 to post 42,000 leaflets in March.

At the end of the splurge, Mundell’s majority slumped from 4194 to 798, although he did manage to increase his share of the vote by 1.8 per cent to 39.8 per cent.

Source: Tory MP Mundell outspent all other candidates combined to keep his seat (From Herald Scotland)

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