Having been critical of Ukip’s performance in the recent local elections, in fairness I thought it only right and proper to publish some facts about their performance.
- 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.
I still stand by my previous criticisms and comments, though. With an improved campaign and strategy one can only wonder at what might have been…….