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Stephen Williams: Labour spent £38m taxpayer cash on News International advertising

July 20, 2011 2:10 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The figures show:

  • More than £17m was spent advertising in The Sun, including £4.5m between April 2009 and March 2010.
  • More than £7m was spent advertising in the News of the World, including £1.8m between April 2009 and March 2010.
  • £877,153 was spent advertising in all News International titles between April 2010 and March 2011.

Commenting, Stephen Williams said:

"Despite the dire state of public finances, the Labour Government continued to spend millions with the Murdoch tabloids.

"This confirms the impression that the last Government was obsessed with spin and prepared to use taxpayers' money to push its agenda with a bloated advertising budget.

"I am glad the Coalition has slashed expenditure by 90 per cent with these titles, continuing only essential information messages."