Party News: Our Election Campaign

For the first time since 1997 we fielded more than a single token candidate in a general election. In 1997 it was 5; this time it was 10. Although this was not enough to qualify for a Party Election Broadcast (a party needs over 100 for that) it was enough, at least for the BBC, to grant us a couple of five-minute interviews on the BBC2 Daily Politics Show and on the BBC Parliament channel, respectively at:

http://tinyurl.com/pd8jbu4

http://tinyurl.com/now7cko

At this stage the main purpose of us contesting elections is to put the socialist case to more people than usual as well as to build up and consolidate socialist activity in and around the places contested. A total of a half-million leaflets were distributed, mainly free by Royal Mail, in the ten constituencies. In addition, local members and sympathisers held street stalls, took part in hustings (sometimes attended by over 200 people), wrote to and were interviewed by the local press and radio. A new feature was the number of emails from pressure groups, from 38 Degrees in particular. This provided an audience of self-selected participants. 3000 or so email replies must have been sent (the modern equivalent, and not so time consuming, of knocking on doors).

In terms of votes, these confirmed that only about 1 in a thousand are prepared to vote for socialism. Over 300 in a thousand were not prepared to vote for any of the capitalist parties, no doubt largely because they knew from experience that it would make no difference to their daily life.

BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Simon Kirby

Conservative Party 

18428

40.67%

Elected

 Nancy Platts

Labour Party

17738

39.15%

Not elected

 Ian Verdun Buchanan

UKIP

4446

9.81%

Not elected

 Davy Jones

Green Party

3187

7.03%

Not elected

 Paul Chandler

Liberal Democrats

1365

3.01%

Not elected

 Jacqueline Shodeke

Socialist Party of Great Britain

73

0.16%

Not elected

 Matt Taylor

Independent

69

0.15%

Not elected

BRIGHTON PAVILION

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Caroline Lucas

Green Party

22871

41.83%

Elected

 Purna Sen

Labour Party

14904

27.26%

Not elected

 Clarence Eden Mitchell

Conservative Party 

12448

22.77%

Not elected

 Nigel David Carter

UKIP

2724

4.98%

Not elected

 Chris Bowers

Liberal Democrats

1525

2.79%

Not elected

 Nick Yeomans

Independent

116

0.21%

Not elected

 Howard Pilott

Socialist Party of Great Britain

88

0.16%

Not elected

CANTERBURY

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Julian Brazier

Conservative Party

22918

42.87%

Elected

 Hugh Lanning

Labour Party

13120

24.54%

Not elected

 James Gascoyne

UKIP

7289

13.63%

Not elected

 James Flanagan

Liberal Democrats

6227

11.65%

Not elected

 Stuart Jeffrey

Green Party

3746

7.01%

Not elected

 Robert Cox

Socialist Party of Great Britain

165

0.31`%

Not elected

FOLKESTONE & HYTHE

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Damien Collins

Conservative Party

26323

47.85%

Elected

 Harriet Yeo

UKIP

12526

22.77%

Not elected

 Claire Jeffrey

Labour Party

7939

14.43%

Not elected

 Lynne Baumont

Liberal Democrats

4882

8.87%

Not elected

 Martin Wybrow

Green Party

2956

5.37%

Not elected

 Seth Cruse

 TUSC

244

0.44%

Not elected

 Rohen Kapur

Young People’s Party

72

0.13%

Not elected

 Andy Thomas

Socialist Party of Great Britain

68

0.12%

Not elected

VAUXHALL

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Kate Hoey

Labour Party

25778

53.77%

Elected

 James Bellis

Conservative Party

13070

27.26%

Not elected

 Gulnar Hasnain

Green Party

3658

7.63%

Not elected

 A. Hyyrylainen-Trett

Liberal Democrats

3312

6.91%

Not elected

 Ace Nnorom

UKIP

1385

2.89%

Not elected

 Mark Chapman

Pirate Party

201

0.42%

Not elected

 Simon Hardy

Left Unity

188

0.39%

Not elected

  Louis Jensen

Cannabis

164

0.34%

Not elected

  Waleed Ghani

Whig Party

103

0.21%

Not elected

  Daniel Lambert

Socialist Party of Great Britain

82

0.17%

Not elected

 

 

OXFORD WEST & ABINGDON

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Nicola Blackwood

Conservative Party

26153

45.68%

Elected

 Layla Moran

Liberal Democrats

16571

28.95%

Not elected

 Sally Copley

Labour Party

7274

12.71%

Not elected

 Alan Harris

UKIP

3963

6.92%

Not elected

 Larry Sanders

Green Party

2497

4.36%

Not elected

 Helen Salisbury

National Health Action Party

723

1.26%

Not elected

 Mike Foster

Socialist Party of Great Britain

66

0.12%

Not elected

SWANSEA WEST

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Geraint Davies

Labour Party

14967

42.57%

Elected

 Emma Lane

Conservative Party

7931

22.56%

Not elected

 Martyn Ford

UKIP

4744

13.49%

Not elected

 Chris Holley

Liberal Democrats

3178

9.04%

Not elected

 Harri Roberts

Plaid Cymru

2226

6.45%

Not elected

 Ashley Wakeling

Green Party

1784

5.07%

Not elected

 Ronnie. Job

TUSC

159

0.45%

Not elected

 Maxwell Rosser

Independent

78

0.22%

Not elected

 Brian Johnson

Socialist Party of Great Britain

49

0.14%

Not elected

EASINGTON

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Grahame Morris

Labour Party 

21132

61.03%

Elected

 Jonathan Arnott

UKIP  

6491

18.75%

Not elected

 Christopher Hampsheir

Conservative Party

4478

12.93%

Not elected

 Luke Armstrong

Liberal Democrats

834

2.41%

Not elected

 Susan McDonnell

North East Party

810

2.34%

Not elected

 Martin Warin

Green Party

733

2.12%

Not elected

 Steven Colborn

Socialist Party of Great Britain

146

0.42%

Not elected

ISLINGTON NORTH

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

 Jeremy Corbyn

Labour Party

29659

60.24%

Elected

 Alex Burghart

Conservative Party

8465

17.19%

Not elected

 Caroline Russell

Green Party

5043

10.24%

Not elected

 Julian Gregory

Liberal Democrats

3984

8.09%

Not elected

 Greg Clough

UKIP

3746

4.00%

Not elected

 Bill Martin

Socialist Party of Great Britain

112

0.23`%

Not elected

OXFORD EAST

Election Candidate

Party

Votes

%

 

  Andrew Smith

Labour Party

25356

50.02%

Elected

 Melanie Magee

Conservative Party

10076

19.88%

Not elected

 Ann Duncan

Green Party

5890

11.62%

Not elected

 Alasdair Murray

Liberal Democrats

5453

10.76%

Not elected

 Ian Macdonald

UKIP

3451

6.81%

Not elected

 Chaka Artwell

Independent

160

0.32%

Not elected

 Mad Hatter

Monster Raving Loony  Party

145

0.29%

Not elected

 James Morbin

TUSC

108

0.21%

Not elected

 Kevin Parkin

Socialist Party of Great Britain

50

0.10%

Not elected