CAROLINE Lucas’s seat in Parliament cost six times more than those of her Labour neighbours, new figures from the electoral commission have revealed.

The Green Party spent almost £300,000 at last year’s general election, but its only success was Ms Lucas’s increasingly safe hold on Brighton Pavilion.

Labour spent more than £11 million, but has 259 MPs – meaning seats like Hove and Brighton Kemptown effectively cost the party less than £45,000 each.

The Tories meanwhile spent about £60,000 per MP.

That figure does not include the £1 billion deal the Prime Minister struck with the Democratic Unionist Party for the confidence-and-supply support if its ten MPs, without who she would not have a workable majority in the House of Commons.

The most expensive seats in the country however belong to the dozen Liberal Democrat MPs.

The party spent more than £6.5 million, but won only 12 seats, meaning each MP “cost” more than half a million pounds.

Yesterday a spokesman for Ms Lucas said: “The figures from the Electoral Commission make clear that the Greens got more votes per pound that any other national parliamentary party.

“The rotten electoral system has locked us out of winning new seats – but the hundreds of thousands of Green votes across the country shows our underlying popularity.”

The party received 525,435 votes nationwide, meaning it had the second-lowest spend-per-vote of 57 pence.

UKIP’s spend per vote was lower at 46p, while the Women’s Equality Party spent nearly £80 for each vote it received.

Labour spent 85p per vote, the Conservative Party spent £1.36 per vote.

A spokesman for Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove, said: “The figures show that Labour was doing more and working harder during the election – whilst spending less – than the other parties.

“The clear message here is that no amount of high spending and promotion by the Tories can flog a dodgy product.”

A spokesman said Lewes Conservative MP Maria Caulfield was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Seven political parties and two non-party campaigners (Best For Britain, and the NUT) spent more than £250,000 each. The groups’ combined expenditure during the regulated period for the general election was almost £40 million.


Yesterday the Electoral Commission released figures for political parties in Great Britain that reported spending greater than £250,000 spending for the 2017 General Election:


Con £18.5m 316 £59k

Lab £11m 259 £43k

Lib Dem £6.8m 12 £566k

SNP £1.6m 35 £46k

Green £300k 1 £300k

WEP* £286k 0 -

UKIP £273k 0 -

*Women’s Equality Party