Friday, 20 May 2016

How it went in Rochford on May 5th



Here is a summary of the Rochford District Council elections held on May 5th:

party
vote %
seats won
Conservative
46.8
21
Labour
13.1
0
Rochford District Residents
12.1
6
UKIP
10.0
4
Liberal Democrat
8.9
4
Green
6.6
3
Rayleigh Independents
1.8
1
Independent
0.7
0

Labour came second on votes share, but failed to win a seat (and thus lost their two seats).

This was an all-up election, and the unevenness of the number of candidates illustrated one of the failures of all-up elections.

The Tories now have a majority of three in the council chamber.

As for trends; in terms of vote share this is the best Conservative performance here since 2012. It is Labour's best since 2014, and the Liberal Democrats had their best day since 2013. It was an improved performance for the Greens too, their best since 2014.

The biggest losers were UKIP, who lost over half their vote share as compared to last year. Rochford District Residents are also down on last year.

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