(Picture: Ken McKay/ITV via Getty Images
(Picture: Ken McKay/ITV via Getty Images

The Electoral Commission released a big chunk of juicy data on Wednesday.

It showed the expenditure of parties during campaigns in the 2015 UK general election.

The Tories spent £15,587,956, Labour spent £12,087,340, the Lib Dems spent £3,529,106, Ukip spent £2,851,465, the SNP spent £1,475,478 and the Greens spent £1,131,018, to name the biggest budgets.

From this data, you can work out how much each party spent per seat won:

If the parties were all given the same budget, this would translate to a parliament which looks like this:

Except it wouldn't, because (as you were about to point out) there are only 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland, meaning the DUP and Sinn Fein probably wouldn't have 363 between themselves.

The parties that competed cross-borders, the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, Greens and Ukip, won 573 seats between them.

So assuming that they only have those seats to fight over as Sinn Fein, DUP, Plaid Cymru and co all win their seats, who wins with an equal budget?

Still the Tories it seems. Of the national parties, their money-spent-to-seats-won ratio is the strongest.

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