UPDATE: UKIP make three gains in Bexley, Tories win 45 seats and Labour 15

Is UKIP's popularity due to Nigel Farage coming across as a

Is UKIP's popularity due to Nigel Farage coming across as a "human being" as Lynne Featherstone has suggested?

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UKIP candidates have won three seats in Bexley after yesterday's (May 22) election, though the Conservatives have retained control and the Lib Dems have languished.

All the results are now in for the borough with Conservatives winning 45 seats, Labour winning 15 and the Lib Dems winning none at all.

How the results compare to 2010

UKIP was the biggest winner in Bexley while the Lib Dems were the biggest losers.

The Tories’ shine dimmed slightly for Bexley residents as they lost seven seats from the 2010 election and overall votes were down three per cent.

However they retained a significant overall majority with 45 seats to Labour’s 15 – meaning the Conservatives still have a majority of more than 70 per cent of seats in the council.

Support for the Lib Dems plummeted by around 11 per cent of votes in 2010 to just two per cent.

They trailed in fifth behind the BNP.

UKIP went from getting less than one per cent of the total votes to 12 per cent – it came sixth in 2010 and third this year.

Votes for BNP reduced by a third - they went down to four per cent of votes after having six per cent in 2010.

Popularity for Labour rose slightly from 28 per cent to 32 per cent and they gained four seats – taking them to 15.

Support for the Green Party diminished from 1 per cent to less than 1 per cent.

UKIP success - a question of "humanity"?

Lynn Smith was elected in Blackfen and Lamorbey along with Conservative candidates Peter Craske and Brian Beckwith.

The former cabinet member for adults' services Chris Taylor has been ousted from the ward.

UKIP candidate Mac McGannon was elected to Colyers and Chris Beazley was elected to St Michael's.

The controversial party has won three seats with 12 per cent of the votes and has come third behind the Conservatives (48 per cent) and Labour (32 per cent).

Junior minister for international development Lynne Featherstone told the BBC she thought much of UKIP wins were due to Nigel Farage coming across like a "human being" and that the Lib Dems had lost much of their "humanity".

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10:34am Fri 23 May 14

PaulErith says...

Can't believe so many people have stuck with the Conservatives! Well, that's democracy I guess so can't complain.
Can't believe so many people have stuck with the Conservatives! Well, that's democracy I guess so can't complain. PaulErith
  • Score: 6

10:40am Fri 23 May 14

highway warrior says...

seems like people abandoned Labour to vote UKIP lol
seems like people abandoned Labour to vote UKIP lol highway warrior
  • Score: 10

10:44am Fri 23 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

I'll tell you what they never did ...they never voted BNP who're just a sad bunch of looosersssss. ( as usual )

ROFLMAO.
I'll tell you what they never did ...they never voted BNP who're just a sad bunch of looosersssss. ( as usual ) ROFLMAO. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 225

11:16am Fri 23 May 14

Crayman says...

PaulErith wrote:
Can't believe so many people have stuck with the Conservatives! Well, that's democracy I guess so can't complain.
I wasn't given the chance to vote UKIP in Crayford, had they put someone up I'd have voted for them
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: Can't believe so many people have stuck with the Conservatives! Well, that's democracy I guess so can't complain.[/p][/quote]I wasn't given the chance to vote UKIP in Crayford, had they put someone up I'd have voted for them Crayman
  • Score: 30

11:17am Fri 23 May 14

Crayman says...

Lynne Featherstone told the BBC she thought much of UKIP wins were due to Nigel Farage

Totally wrong, I was voting for the party and it's politics, it's not a popularity contest like X-Factor FFS
Lynne Featherstone told the BBC she thought much of UKIP wins were due to Nigel Farage Totally wrong, I was voting for the party and it's politics, it's not a popularity contest like X-Factor FFS Crayman
  • Score: 25

11:39am Fri 23 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Heloise, why are you quoting a Lib Dem minister when reporting a result in a borough where the Lib Dems run only paper candidates?

Anyway, so much for that fat woman bragging about a Tory "whitewash".
Heloise, why are you quoting a Lib Dem minister when reporting a result in a borough where the Lib Dems run only paper candidates? Anyway, so much for that fat woman bragging about a Tory "whitewash". goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 0

10:32am Sat 24 May 14

Trumpytomtom says...

Shift to the right is happening all over Europe now Lmao
Shift to the right is happening all over Europe now Lmao Trumpytomtom
  • Score: 23

11:22am Sat 24 May 14

Jonathan Rooks Green Party says...

Just looking at the percentage across the Borough is misleading when parties don't field a full slate of 62 candidates. The Council website gives the percentages as if all 21 wards could vote for each party. To get a fairer view you need to look at the percentage of the total vote gained in each ward. The other smaller parties will say the same. For the Greens our votes in the wards where we stood were 14%, 10% and 5%. In both wards where the Lib Dems also stood we got double their vote. A very successful vote for the Green Party in an area where Conservatives have such huge majorities. BNP and UKIP will also have done better than your report suggests as they did not stand in every ward. Jonathan Rooks. Bexley Green Party.
Just looking at the percentage across the Borough is misleading when parties don't field a full slate of 62 candidates. The Council website gives the percentages as if all 21 wards could vote for each party. To get a fairer view you need to look at the percentage of the total vote gained in each ward. The other smaller parties will say the same. For the Greens our votes in the wards where we stood were 14%, 10% and 5%. In both wards where the Lib Dems also stood we got double their vote. A very successful vote for the Green Party in an area where Conservatives have such huge majorities. BNP and UKIP will also have done better than your report suggests as they did not stand in every ward. Jonathan Rooks. Bexley Green Party. Jonathan Rooks Green Party
  • Score: 7

2:39pm Sat 24 May 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

I wish to congratulate both Labour and UKIP for stopping the Tory Whitewash. I presume these parties will be on all committees and have an office in the New Civic Offices. Lucky people. Hope they can find someone to park though !!
I wish to congratulate both Labour and UKIP for stopping the Tory Whitewash. I presume these parties will be on all committees and have an office in the New Civic Offices. Lucky people. Hope they can find someone to park though !! Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: -10

4:26pm Sat 24 May 14

UKIPBexley says...

Hello.

Firstly - thank you for voting UKIP. 12 % from just 19 candidates is some achievement.

Thank you also for voting to all else that voted. Our Cllrs are looking forward to serving the people of Bexley. We hope you give them a chance to show what they can do and judge them accordingly.

If you didn't vote, please contact us and tell us why.

We look forward to seeing you all around
UKIPBexley Team
UKIPBexley@gmail.com

www.UKIP-Bexley.com
Hello. Firstly - thank you for voting UKIP. 12 % from just 19 candidates is some achievement. Thank you also for voting to all else that voted. Our Cllrs are looking forward to serving the people of Bexley. We hope you give them a chance to show what they can do and judge them accordingly. If you didn't vote, please contact us and tell us why. We look forward to seeing you all around UKIPBexley Team UKIPBexley@gmail.com www.UKIP-Bexley.com UKIPBexley
  • Score: 1

4:35pm Sat 24 May 14

UKIPBexley says...

Jonathan Rooks Green Party wrote:
Just looking at the percentage across the Borough is misleading when parties don't field a full slate of 62 candidates. The Council website gives the percentages as if all 21 wards could vote for each party. To get a fairer view you need to look at the percentage of the total vote gained in each ward. The other smaller parties will say the same. For the Greens our votes in the wards where we stood were 14%, 10% and 5%. In both wards where the Lib Dems also stood we got double their vote. A very successful vote for the Green Party in an area where Conservatives have such huge majorities. BNP and UKIP will also have done better than your report suggests as they did not stand in every ward. Jonathan Rooks. Bexley Green Party.
Hi JB,

While we agree with you to an extent, that's politics . Might seem unfair but we accept that we need to work harder to field more candidates.

All 19 of our candidates were out activity pre election (no "paper" or "democracy" candidates). 16 of them are gutted they didn't get a chance to serve the council. We could of tried to persuade members to stand with out the intention to win but we decided that would be undemocratic and unfair. If one of those persuaded was elected it wouldn't be fair on the electorate.

We will take this and build on it. The problem we have (and guess you do to) is candidate numbers.
[quote][p][bold]Jonathan Rooks Green Party[/bold] wrote: Just looking at the percentage across the Borough is misleading when parties don't field a full slate of 62 candidates. The Council website gives the percentages as if all 21 wards could vote for each party. To get a fairer view you need to look at the percentage of the total vote gained in each ward. The other smaller parties will say the same. For the Greens our votes in the wards where we stood were 14%, 10% and 5%. In both wards where the Lib Dems also stood we got double their vote. A very successful vote for the Green Party in an area where Conservatives have such huge majorities. BNP and UKIP will also have done better than your report suggests as they did not stand in every ward. Jonathan Rooks. Bexley Green Party.[/p][/quote]Hi JB, While we agree with you to an extent, that's politics . Might seem unfair but we accept that we need to work harder to field more candidates. All 19 of our candidates were out activity pre election (no "paper" or "democracy" candidates). 16 of them are gutted they didn't get a chance to serve the council. We could of tried to persuade members to stand with out the intention to win but we decided that would be undemocratic and unfair. If one of those persuaded was elected it wouldn't be fair on the electorate. We will take this and build on it. The problem we have (and guess you do to) is candidate numbers. UKIPBexley
  • Score: 22

4:40pm Sat 24 May 14

UKIPBexley says...

Crayman wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
Can't believe so many people have stuck with the Conservatives! Well, that's democracy I guess so can't complain.
I wasn't given the chance to vote UKIP in Crayford, had they put someone up I'd have voted for them
Hello.

Unfortunately Crayford is not a ward we have many members in or with a connection with. If we did, we would of loved to field a candidate there. However if we put someone there that is unsure or not over keen to win then that would be unfair on you.

As we grow we expect to have candidates in every ward however we are a growing party with limited resources.

We will have a candidate in all 3 seats in Bexley so moving forward this shouldn't happen again!

Regards,
UKIPBexley
[quote][p][bold]Crayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: Can't believe so many people have stuck with the Conservatives! Well, that's democracy I guess so can't complain.[/p][/quote]I wasn't given the chance to vote UKIP in Crayford, had they put someone up I'd have voted for them[/p][/quote]Hello. Unfortunately Crayford is not a ward we have many members in or with a connection with. If we did, we would of loved to field a candidate there. However if we put someone there that is unsure or not over keen to win then that would be unfair on you. As we grow we expect to have candidates in every ward however we are a growing party with limited resources. We will have a candidate in all 3 seats in Bexley so moving forward this shouldn't happen again! Regards, UKIPBexley UKIPBexley
  • Score: 15

4:41pm Sat 24 May 14

UKIPBexley says...

Crayman wrote:
Lynne Featherstone told the BBC she thought much of UKIP wins were due to Nigel Farage

Totally wrong, I was voting for the party and it's politics, it's not a popularity contest like X-Factor FFS
Thank you Crayman.
[quote][p][bold]Crayman[/bold] wrote: Lynne Featherstone told the BBC she thought much of UKIP wins were due to Nigel Farage Totally wrong, I was voting for the party and it's politics, it's not a popularity contest like X-Factor FFS[/p][/quote]Thank you Crayman. UKIPBexley
  • Score: 25

11:35am Sun 25 May 14

Sandra-A says...

I was upset not to have the chance of voting UKIP in North-heath. hope we can next time.
I was upset not to have the chance of voting UKIP in North-heath. hope we can next time. Sandra-A
  • Score: 18

3:54pm Tue 27 May 14

ความจริง says...

I voted for UKIP in Belvedere although I believe the seat wasn't won. The three main parties are an absolute joke and the country needs a new direction.
I voted for UKIP in Belvedere although I believe the seat wasn't won. The three main parties are an absolute joke and the country needs a new direction. ความจริง
  • Score: 25

9:47am Wed 28 May 14

ankleswinger says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
I'll tell you what they never did ...they never voted BNP who're just a sad bunch of looosersssss. ( as usual ) ROFLMAO.
You worry yourself when the bnp do well ,then worry yourself when the majority of the public vote for ukip! and you use a racist name to post under yet worry yourself when you claim you can see racism in peoples posts when no one else can see it! gypo joe who cant see that posting under a highly offensive and racist user name in 2014 is being racist for everyone to see! time to drop the racist name sonny you are only making yourself look more embarrasing than you really are! lol
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: I'll tell you what they never did ...they never voted BNP who're just a sad bunch of looosersssss. ( as usual ) ROFLMAO.[/p][/quote]You worry yourself when the bnp do well ,then worry yourself when the majority of the public vote for ukip! and you use a racist name to post under yet worry yourself when you claim you can see racism in peoples posts when no one else can see it! gypo joe who cant see that posting under a highly offensive and racist user name in 2014 is being racist for everyone to see! time to drop the racist name sonny you are only making yourself look more embarrasing than you really are! lol ankleswinger
  • Score: 12

8:32pm Wed 28 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Jonathan Rooks Green Party wrote:
Just looking at the percentage across the Borough is misleading when parties don't field a full slate of 62 candidates. The Council website gives the percentages as if all 21 wards could vote for each party. To get a fairer view you need to look at the percentage of the total vote gained in each ward. The other smaller parties will say the same. For the Greens our votes in the wards where we stood were 14%, 10% and 5%. In both wards where the Lib Dems also stood we got double their vote. A very successful vote for the Green Party in an area where Conservatives have such huge majorities. BNP and UKIP will also have done better than your report suggests as they did not stand in every ward. Jonathan Rooks. Bexley Green Party.
The Green Party are anti Europe, yet pro unrestricted abortion. This is an unusual combination, which only a minority of people support, and that is why the Green Party do not usually win very much.
[quote][p][bold]Jonathan Rooks Green Party[/bold] wrote: Just looking at the percentage across the Borough is misleading when parties don't field a full slate of 62 candidates. The Council website gives the percentages as if all 21 wards could vote for each party. To get a fairer view you need to look at the percentage of the total vote gained in each ward. The other smaller parties will say the same. For the Greens our votes in the wards where we stood were 14%, 10% and 5%. In both wards where the Lib Dems also stood we got double their vote. A very successful vote for the Green Party in an area where Conservatives have such huge majorities. BNP and UKIP will also have done better than your report suggests as they did not stand in every ward. Jonathan Rooks. Bexley Green Party.[/p][/quote]The Green Party are anti Europe, yet pro unrestricted abortion. This is an unusual combination, which only a minority of people support, and that is why the Green Party do not usually win very much. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 7

8:35pm Wed 28 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

highway warrior wrote:
seems like people abandoned Labour to vote UKIP lol
Every cloud has a silver lining. In this case the people of Bromley & Bexley Boroughs have voted the same way as people from Kent, rather than the same way as Larndarn. Proof that we are culturally Kentish Men & Maids, not Lardarners.
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: seems like people abandoned Labour to vote UKIP lol[/p][/quote]Every cloud has a silver lining. In this case the people of Bromley & Bexley Boroughs have voted the same way as people from Kent, rather than the same way as Larndarn. Proof that we are culturally Kentish Men & Maids, not Lardarners. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 1

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