May’s election gamble cost taxpayers £140m
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”.