January 21, 2015 2 Comments
This table shows the local election vote shares (percentages) in Southend-on-Sea for the last fourteen years for the minor parties.
|UKIP||Green||Cliffs Pavilion Area Residents’ Parking||BNP||English Democrats||Mum’s Army||MUM||National Front||Total %|
It will be noted that 2006 first saw significant numbers for the minor parties, driven largely by the rise of the British National Party. The BNP high point was 2008, and internal strife meant that two years’ later they had disappeared, most of their support transferring to the English Democrats.
The English Democrat star shone brightly for one year only, and my guess is that their support has transferred over to UKIP.
UKIP became the first minor party to see candidates elected in Southend-on-Sea; last May they won in five wards.