Scottish independence: ‘No’ groups outspent ‘Yes’

CAMPAIGN groups opposed to Scottish independence spent more than £1 million in the final weeks of the referendum campaign - more than double the cash spent by groups backing a Yes vote.

Parties backing the Union heavily outspent those supporting independence. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
Parties backing the Union heavily outspent those supporting independence. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

The Let’s Stay Together celebrity campaign, backed by Simon Cowell and Davina McCall spent £133,832.

Other No backers included The No Borders Campaign which shelled out £147,510 and the Working for Scotland group shelled out £118,303, while the Orange Lodge was another big donor, spending £47,072 in the last 16 weeks of the campaign.

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On the Yes side, Business for Scotland spent £143,027 trying to woo industry towards independence, while the left wing 1001 campaign spent £72,055 and comedy club impresario Tommy Sheppard, now an SNP candidate in Edinburgh, for the general election, shelled out £35,094.

A number of groups including Labour for Independence and the Scottish Jacobite Party are now facing “enforcement action” after failing to submit returns, the Electoral Commission said.

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In total, campaigners for independence spent £399,405, while campaigners for a No outcome reported spending of £1,034,933

Groups which spent between £10,000 and £250,000 were required to submit spending returns to the Commission by 18 December 2015.

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Reported spending by campaigners

Groups backing Yes

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1001 Campaign: £72,055

Business for Scotland: £143,027

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Christians for Independence: £29,248

Generation Yes: £14,065

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Mr Tommy Sheppard: £35,094

National Collective: £54,849

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Scottish Green Party: £13,734

Scottish Socialist Party: £12,728

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Women for Independence: £24,605

Groups backing No

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Better With Scotland: £47,042

Communication Workers Union (CWU): £20,437

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Cumbria Broadband Rural and Community Projects Limited: £65,921

GMB: £43,835

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Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland: £47,072

Let’s Stay Together: £133,832

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Liberal Democrats: £187,585

Mr Angus MacDonald: £110,644

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No Borders Campaign: £147,510

The Scottish Research Society: £82,202

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Union of Shop, Distributive & Allied Workers (USDAW): £30,550

WFS2014 (Working for Scotland): £118,303

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Total ‘Yes’: £399,405

Total ‘No’: £1,034,933

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Total overall: £1,434,338