New figures have revealed how much Scotland's smaller political parties spent during the Holyrood election campaign in May.
The Scottish Socialists won six seats at Holyrood
Electoral Commission statistics showed that the Scottish Socialist Party spent more than any of the other minority parties to get each MSP elected.
The SSP won six seats in the Scottish Parliament elections but with a total spend of £74,361 that works out at £12,394 per
Parties which spent less than £250,000 during the election campaign declared their spending, but the larger organisations such as Labour and the Scottish National Party have a further two months to make the figures known.
The Electoral Commission data showed that the Scottish Senior Citizens' Unity Party got best value for money.
It spent just £3,558 and returned one MSP - John Swinburne in the Central Scotland
Whereas each Liberal Democrat MSP cost £7,668 to get elected because although the party
spent £130,358 it won 17 seats.
The Scottish Green Party won seven seats on an expenditure of £65,852 which
breaks down at £9,407 per MSP.
The People's Alliance spent a whopping
£188,889 but failed to win a single seat.
Other parties which failed to win any seats included the United Kingdom
Independence Party, which spent £39,504; The Fishing Party which spent £6,548
and the British National Party whose outlay amounted to £4,835.
Parties which spent more than £250,000 have until 31 October to hand in their
returns because of the need to obtain an auditor's report.
Those figures will be published later this year.