Gloucestershire PCC Martin Surl reveals election expenses
GLOUCESTERSHIRE'S Police and Crime Commissioner has revealed the exact cost of his election victory in November.
Martin Surl was the first contender to formally announce he was standing as an Independent candidate and financed the campaign entirely out of his own pocket.
His declaration of costs to the Electoral Commission, which all candidates have to make at the end of an election, shows:
* Election expenses £6,439.23
* Personal expenses £911.00
"I am releasing these figures because I made a commitment to be transparent at all times", said Mr Surl.
"I made a pledge from the outset that I would not accept any donations from any businesses or other outside bodies and the figures I have submitted to the returning officer show that I kept my word.
"It would have been nice to have been able to leaflet every house so that more people felt involved in the election but I could not afford that, neither I suspect could any of the other Independent candidates".
The total is well below the maximum £86,344 the Commissioner could have spent under election rules.
The declaration shows his biggest single expense was advertising at £2,563.48; followed by the printing of manifestos which cost of £1,958.04.
Because Mr.Surl ran his own campaign, he incurred no agent or staff costs, which also meant he had none of the experienced support and infrastructure of the main political parties.
As an independent, he also had to put down a deposit of £5,000, which is only refundable if the candidate polls more than five per cent of the votes.
As the eventual winner he surpassed that number easily.
"In the run-up to the election I spent many weeks on the road meeting people and finding out what they were looking for in their Police and Crime Commissioner", said Mr Surl.
"Among the qualities they expected were openness, honesty and transparency and that's what I will be".