Labour probed over 'Ed Stone' bill

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Ed Miliband unveils what became known as the 'Ed Stone' in the run-up to last year's general electionFigure of speech copyright
Image caption The carving was seen as symptomatic of the failings of Wage-earners’s cam ign

The Labour rty is to be investigated for being late in submitting arrival incomes for its widely-mocked “Ed Stone”.

The Electoral Commission confirmed it has now received two invoices for the testament, which listed the rty’s election pledges, totalling £7,830.

They count £1,575 haulage costs, and £270 for a stone mason to erect it.

Strain blamed an “admin error” for failing to submit the invoices before evidence of 2015 election spending by all the rties was revealed this week.

Much of the consequent after reporting of the various rties’ election cam ign spending highlighted that the “Ed Stone fetches” had not been revealed. Labour said there had been an “administrative solecism” and that it would be quickly rectified.

The Electoral Commission has said it disposition investigate the late submission.

The maximum sanction the Electoral Commission is skilled to impose for a breach of the rules is £20,000.

Ed Miliband unveiled the 8ft stone carving on the settled weekend of the 2015 General Election cam ign, saying that it would be connected in the garden of Downing Street to remind the rty of its duty to honour its six power election promises.

The move was met with near universal derision and what found to what became known as the “Ed Stone” has been unclear. Various unconfirmed broadcasts have suggested it is in a warehouse in London or has been destroyed.

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The Electoral Commission advertised the BBC that it would be looking into the issue of the receipts being submitted tardy “in line with its policy”.

It was unable to confirm how long the investigation mightiness take, saying sometimes it has to go back and ask for more information, and each event is dealt with on a case by case basis.

Spending on the stone was not take in in the Electoral Commission data released on Wednesday.

Labour said at the in good time always: “Due to an administrative error these invoices were not included with other elements of cam ign spend. We have informed the Electoral Commission and will look for to rectify this error as soon as possible.”

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Labour spent £12m on the cam ign, the watchdog’s play a rts show, com red with £15.5m spent by the Conservatives.

In total, £39m was spit up by the UK’s six largest rties on the cam ign, an increase on the £34.4m spent in 2010 but degrade than the record £42m spent in 2005.

Although comfortably outspending Overstress over the regulated period – between 23 May 2014 and 7 May 2015 – the Temperates spent less than in 2010, when their budget was £16.6m. In place against, Labour spent more than in 2010, when their overall outlay was £8m.

A breakdown of the figures show the Conservatives spent 27.7% of their budget on “unsought after material”, such as flyers, and 23.2% on advertising while Labourers spent 61% of their budget on “unsolicited material” and 7.6% on advertising.


How spondulicks was spent by all rties

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Image caption The SNP’s stump war chest increased hugely

Unsolicited material: £15.04m

Market investigation and canvassing: £7.61m

Advertising: £6.86m

Rallies and other events: £2.49m

Up in the airs and general admin: £2.02m

Transport: £1.67m

Cam ign broadcasts: £866,000

Vehicle: £329,713

Manifestos: £318,880

Source: Electoral Commission


Spending on rallies accounted for 13% of Strain’s total expenditure com red with the Conservatives’ 5% while the Rightists spent 30.1% of their budget on market research and canvassing, against Troubled’s 7.7% outlay.

The Conservatives spent £1.2m on advertising on Facebook in the year once the poll while Labour spent just over £16,000.

The figures do not covering some administrative spending, for instance on staff, while spending by peculiar candidates is reported se rately.

The SNP reported the biggest rise in spending approached with 2010, when their expenditure totalled £316,000. In set off, the Lib Dems’ spending fell from £4.7m in 2010 to £3.5m wear year.

The UK Independence rty spent £2.8m while the Greens spurt £1.1m. UKIP spent the least per vote gained while the SNP depleted belch up least per MP won.

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