Local Election results May 2012

TV Coverage

As usual, TV coverage of the elections lumped UKIP in with the “others” described as some 15%. What both the BBC and ITV failed to do was declare UKIP’s true percentage, apart from a brief few seconds when it was announced that UKIP had returned 13%, which in a General Election would translate into 30 Parliamentary seats. In reality, UKIP’s candidates returned 13.8 (almost 14%) of the 15% claimed for the “others”!

This is what actually happened.

1. Votes
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% – the highest ever. The Lib-Dems, long term specialists in local government, stayed static at 16%.

2. Seats
UKIP won 7 seats in England and 2 in Wales.

Lisa Duffy took 61% of the vote to win the final District Council seat in Ramsey (Cambridgeshire) by a landslide. We now have 2 Cambs County Councillors, all 3 Huntingdonshire District Councillors for Ramsey, the Ramsey Town Council and the Mayoralty. We achieved first or second in 50% of the wards of Huntingdonshire.

In Rushmoor (Aldershot) , two UKIP Councillors who had joined us from the Conservatives were re-elected, plus a third UKIP Councillor to complete a clean sweep in their ward.

Piers Wauchope was elected to join Vic Webb on 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 (new), Merthyr (held) and Vale of Glamorgan (new).

East Worthing Churchill ward of Adur Council saw David Bushell lose by just 1 vote! Well done David.

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.

3. Vote share
Our vote was spread evenly throughout the country with regions varying between 10.5% and 16.9% average share.

In Plymouth, where we stood in every seat, UKIP averaged 20.6% of the vote.

In Sheffield, where we stood in every seat, UKIP achieved a first in a major UK city by taking almost 3,000 more votes than the Conservatives across the city.

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%.

UKIP took 15.3% in Conservative wards, 13.2% in Labour wards and 10.7% in Liberal Democrat wards. 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.