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Northern Ireland's political parties' spending tops £2.5m, latest accounts show

Northern Ireland's four biggest political parties in terms of their finances spent over £2.5m in the past year, new figures have revealed.

That was almost £839,000 down on their spending for 2016.

The Electoral Commission has published the accounts of all the Northern Ireland parties on Wednesday.

Documents show the Sinn Fein, DUP, UUP and Alliance spent £2.3m in the year up ending December 2017.

Sinn Fein reported an income of £1m, spending £1.1 in the period. The DUP's income topped £510,000 while it spent £461,000.

The UUP was next with an income of £458,000 and an expenditure of £552,000.

And Alliance was the fourth biggest party financially with £360,000 filling the party coffers and a spending of £335,000.

The SDLP - which lost all its MPs at the last General Election - reported an income of almost £237,000 spending almost £220,000.

While the Green Party had an income of £107,000 and spent £97,000. The Conservatives (income £83k expenditure £76k) were next in the table followed by People Before Profit (£69k income and £71k expenditure) and the Socialist Party of Northern Ireland (£68k income, £69k expenditure).

Jim Allister's TUV had an income of £43,000 and spent almost £34,000.

In terms of assets, the UUP registered a total value of £970,000, with the SDLP next on £378,000.

Elsewhere the National Front reported an expenditure and income of £25.

And Fianna Fail - which is rumoured to be considering contesting Northern Ireland election possibly with the SDLP - was not listed as having submitted records for 2017. It declared accounts for 2016, registering a nominal £25 income and expenditure.

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