- Sat May 05, 2012 12:24 pm
Our results, for your perusal:
UKIP is generally succeeding but this recent round of elections did not bring the breakthrough we want. We'll have to wait a bit longer. The interesting thing about UKIP which cannot be said of other challengers is that our vote rises like a tide. The level generally increases everywhere.
• In 2008 (the comparable point in the electoral cycle), UKIP took 98,000 votes in England. In 2012 we took over 220,000 – our vote has more than doubled since 2008.
• UKIP fielded 691 candidates this year, up from 450 in 2008.
• The average UKIP candidate had a percentage vote share of 13.8% - our highest ever.
• UKIP won 7 seats in England and 2 in Wales.
• Lisa Duffy took 61% of the vote to win the final seat in Ramsey by a landslide.
• In Rushmoor, two UKIP councillors who had joined from the Conservatives and a third UKIP councillor was also elected to complete a clean sweep in that ward.
• Piers Wauchope was elected to Tunbridge Wells council, unseating the Leader of the Council in the process.
• UKIP took its first ever councillor (above parish/town council level) in the Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire region when Ron Shepherd was elected to NE Lincolnshire Council.
• Other UKIP councillors elected were in Thurrock, Merthyr and Vale of Glamorgan.
• In Plymouth, UKIP averaged 20.6% of the vote.
• In Sheffield, UKIP achieved a first in a major UK city by taking almost 3,000 more votes than the Conservatives across the city.
• The UKIP vote seemed relatively consistent throughout the country.
• Across the country, 136 candidates finished in second place. 40 of these were in Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire alone.
• 50 candidates took more than 25% of the vote and 105 took more than 20%.
• Our vote was spread evenly throughout the country – with regions varying from a 10.5% average to 16.9%.
• UKIP took 15.3% in Conservative wards, 13.2% in Labour wards and 10.7% in Liberal Democrat wards.
• Churchill ward of Adur Council saw a UKIP candidate lose by just 1 vote.
• Young Independence’s target ward of Gorleston in Great Yarmouth saw Matthew Smith take 34.7% of the vote and miss election by just 48 votes.
• UKIP’s vote averaged 20.2% where there were just 3 candidates on the ballot paper – usually but not exclusively UKIP v Labour v Conservatives. But when 7 or more candidates were standing, the average dropped to 5.9%.
• UKIP performed better than ever before in the Metropolitan Borough Councils, averaging 11.9% where we stood on those Councils.
• More than two thirds of all UKIP candidates took more than 10% of the vote.
Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
"Emmett is able to write fairly well, he clearly isn't unintelligent overall" - Quote MALCO - Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:57 pm