Essex County elections summary 1965 – 2013
June 27, 2013 1 Comment
Here are two charts showing how the County elections in Essex have gone since 1965. Please be aware that 1997’s data is incomplete.
These show the votes accumulated and the seats gained. There have been a number of boundary changes to have some effect, but the biggest change is the exclusion of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea when Unitary status was granted these tow authorities – this significantly affected the Labour vote. (Southend-on-Sea is also excluded from the early results because it was had County Borough status.)
Labour’s zenith was 1973 won they won 40 of the 97 seats and gained 42.7% of the vote. 2009 was their worst year. Labour are still some way down on the 30% which was the norm therough the late 1970s and up to the start of the century.
Green support dropped slightly between 2009 and 2013, and bizarrely won two seats in the later election.
UKIP’s surge, superficially at least, appears to have come at the expense of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
The BNP in 2009 scored 9.5%, and dropped to 0.3% this year – I suspect most of their vote also went UKIP’s way.
Conservative support is still solid, and they outperform in terms of converting votes into seats. This year, for instance, their 34.2% of the vote gained them 56% of the seats. In 2009 they got 80% of the seats on 43.5% of the vote – as good an argument for proportional representation as you are ever likely to see.