May’s elec­tion gam­ble cost tax­pay­ers £140m

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Rowena Ma­son

Theresa May’s snap elec­tion in June, which re­sulted in the loss of her ma­jor­ity, cost tax­pay­ers more than £140m, the Cab­i­net Of­fice has said.

The de­part­ment re­leased the in­for­ma­tion af­ter be­ing forced to ask for more money to cover the cost of the vote. Chris Skid­more, a Cab­i­net Of­fice min­is­ter, said £98m was spent run­ning the poll and £42m more on posted ma­te­rial. It cost 16% more than the 2015 elec­tion, which had a £123m bill, and 25% above the 2010 elec­tion, which cost £113m. May's lost ma­jor­ity came at a fur­ther price be­cause she had to pay out an ex­tra £1bn for North­ern Ire­land to per­suade the Demo­cratic Union­ist party to strike a con­fi­dence and sup­ply deal.

Jon Trick­ett, a shadow Cab­i­net Of­fice min­is­ter, said May had “been left with egg on her face and the tax­payer is pick­ing up the bill”.

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