SAJID Javid spent more than £14,000 on campaigning to retain his Bromsgrove seat in last year’s General Election, it can be revealed – but the Conservative MP received almost twice that sum in donations.

Electoral Commission figures show that Mr Javid reported spending £14,332.71 in his successful re-election bid, in which he won more than three-fifths of the vote, triumphing with a 63.4% share.

The majority of that expenditure - £12,449.54 – was notional spending, which means goods or services transferred or provided for free or at a discount, rather than direct spending.

But the total amount of donations he received from Conservative backers amounted to £29,309.54 – more than seven times the amount donated to the other three candidates for the seat combined.

Liberal Democrat candidate Dr David Nicholl – who finished third in the vote with 12.5% - was the second biggest campaign spender, splashing out £4,100.46 on his drive.

Labour’s Rory Shannon came second at the polls with 20.8% of the vote, despite a relatively small spend of just £911 on his campaign, all of which came on material like promotional leaflets.

Dr Nicholl received £3,874.78 in campaign donations, while Labour’s Mr Shannon received £300.

All candidates – except Labour, who declined to share the information – had a spending limit of just over £15,000, a boundary only Mr Javid came close to.

More than half of his spending, £7,645.92, came on unsolicited material – such as campaign leaflets – while he also spent £2,573.35 on advertising.

Dr Nicholl spent £1,134.46 on advertising and £2,834.40 on unsolicited material, while Mr Javid was the only candidate to pay staff costs (£2,575.01) and accommodation (£1,191.12).

The Green Party’s Kevin White, who finished fourth with 3.29% of votes, was the only candidate not to spend any money on his campaign, nor did he receive any donations.

The information is accessible to the public on the Electoral Commission website which states the tool ‘provides greater transparency into how candidates spent money to influence voters’.