Theresa May’s decision to call June’s snap general election cost taxpayers more than £140m, it has been revealed.
More than £98m was spent on returning officers’ fees and £42.5m on delivering election literature.
Mrs May lost her Commons majority in the election, which was called three years earlier than required under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.
The figures, covering England, Scotland and Wales, were published by Cabinet Office Minister Chris Skidmore.
Mrs May announced the surprise election calling for a stronger mandate going into Brexit negotiations – but now has to rely on a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to survive key votes.
The £140,850,000 cost is slightly below the estimated £142m spent on last year’s EU referendum.