Tories spent most for Leicestershire crime commissioner election
The Conservatives slightly outspent Labour in their bid to win the police and crime commissioner election.
Published figures show the Tories spent £14,727.79 in their successful effort to get Sir Clive Loader elected to the position. Labour spent £14,480.06 trying to win it for its candidate, Sarah Russell.
Former senior RAF officer Sir Clive was backed by 64,661 voters. Leicester assistant mayor Councillor Russell got 51,835 votes.
Independent Suleman Nagdi, got 21,744 votes, having spent £5,243.75 on his campaign.
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Under election laws there was a spending cap of just over £140,000 for each candidate.
The spending figures have been published by North West Leicestershire District Council, which acted as the returning authority for the election. They showed Sir Clive's campaign team spent £2,320 on advertising, slightly more than £10,300 on fliers, leaflets and posters, £1,566 on agent and staff costs and £500 on office accommodation and administration costs.
Coun Russell's campaign spending included £50 on advertising, £9,075.23 on publicity material, £861 on transport, £4,040.98 on agent and staff costs and just over £450 on accommodation and administration.
Mr Nagdi spent nearly £3,800 on advertising, £1,400 on leaflets and posters and £78.74 on accommodation.
Sir Clive's campaign received £13,200 of donations from Conservative Party associations across Leicestershire and Rutland. Unions and local Labour parties donated £14,480.06, Coun Russell's total campaign spend.
Mr Nagdi received £6,310 in donations from businesses and individuals. He said that figure was higher than his total spend because he had declared £2,160 in sponsorship from a dairy as a donation.
The cash was paid by the dairy directly to an advertising agency and not to himself.