Words by ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn
Come on Conservatives we know you’re flush with cash so why aren’t you spending it?
The Tories simply aren’t buying on Facebook like they did in 2017.
In the last 30 days the Conservatives have spent just £222,000 on the platform small change compared with the last election when they registered spending of £2.1 million.
We know they aren’t short of money, their latest weekly donations showed an income of £3.5m between 20-26 November, according to the Electoral Commission.
Of course they might be about to render this copy redundant and bombard voters with a whopping online campaign but if they don’t it would mark an extraordinary change of political tactics.
Even though there are those who question its effectiveness huge social media spend in elections is the globally accepted norm.
As the Prime Minister's adviser Dominic Cummings wrote last week “the more personal, the better (the less spam on the channel, the more powerful it is)”.
How much have the parties spent on Facebook in the last 30 days?
Conservatives – £222,000
Labour – £618,000
Lib Dems – £561,000
How much did parties spend in total on Facebook in 2017?
Conservatives - £2.1m
Labour – £577,000
Lib Dems – £412,000
The data can’t be matched precisely because parties don’t have to register their spending with the Electoral Commission yet.
Similarly the Facebook data includes a few days outside the official election period.
That said the comparison is a strong indicator of where we are so far.