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Tory candidate for Hamsptead and Kilburn lost election despite spending highest amount on campaigning in England

PUBLISHED: 13:35 24 December 2010 | UPDATED: 13:36 24 December 2010

Chris Philp, who was narrowly beaten by Glenda Jackson for the Hampstead & Kilbrun seat.

Chris Philp, who was narrowly beaten by Glenda Jackson for the Hampstead & Kilbrun seat.

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Chris Philp forks out almost £40,000

Tory candidate Chris Philp spent more on his election campaign for the Hampstead and Kilburn seat than any other prospective MP in the country.

Despite splashing out £39,739 on campaigning he lost the newly-created seat to his Labour rival Glenda Jackson by 42 votes.

The election for Hampstead and Kilburn was the only campaign in West and North West London where the biggest spender did not end up in Parliament.

In the area’s other constituencies the most expensive campaigns were victorious.

In Brent Central Sarah Teather outspent Labour rival Dawn Butler by almost £10,000 to win the seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Ms Teather overturned a 7,000 nominal majority to win the hotly contested seat which was also newly created.

The vast majority of the extra £10,000 spent by Ms Teather went on ‘unsolicited materials’ such as leaflets, according to data from the Electoral Commission.

The Conservatives spent their way to victory in Chelsea and Fulham, Cities of London and Westminster and Harrow East.

Conservative Bob Blackman, former Brent Council deputy leader, took the Harrow East seat from Labour.

In Westminster North, Hammersmith and Brent North, Labour candidates spent more than their rivals.

Across much of London Labour MPs managed to avoid falling victim to a UK-wide swing to the Conservatives.

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