The Scotsman

Candidates ‘priced out’ of parliament


Members of the public are priced out of standing for Parliament by the “huge personal cost” of being a candidate, a journalist has claimed. A survey of parliament­ary candidates found that the average personal cost was £11,118 for all seats.

Costs included loss of earnings from leaving a job or reducing working hours to campaign.

Claims will be published in a book by Isabel Hardman, assistant editor at the Spectator.

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