5 May 2013

UPDATE 8 September 2013 Since the election a Conservative councillor has joined the Independents: see here. On 5 September 2013 the Liberal Democrats won Wadebridge East in a by-election; the seat was formerly held by an Independent. The figures below (votes, percentages, number of candidates) are as at the election but the seats are for the current date.

The full results for each of the unitary wards are here.

These are my unofficial summary results for the parties with the 4 June 2009 results in parentheses; seat numbers for the present are as changed and as at now:

Liberal Democrats 37 seats, 23.0 percent, 89 candidates, 32 355 votes
(2009: 38 seats, 29 percent, 119 candidates, 48 187 votes)

Independents* 36 seats on the unitary council, 21.9 per cent of the votes cast, 90 candidates stood, 30 893 votes
(2009: 32 seats, 24 percent, 112 candidates, 39 807 votes)

Conservatives 31 seats, 24.3 percent, 103 candidates, 34 191 votes
(2009: 50 seats, 34 percent, 123 candidates, 57 115 votes)

Labour 8 seats, 8.1 percent, 68 candidates, 11 383 votes
(2009: no seats, 3 percent, 60 candidates, 5698 votes. One seat won in a subsequent by-election.)

UKIP 6 seats, 15.1 percent, 77 candidates, 21 306 votes
(2009: no seats, 4 percent, 28 candidates, 6350 votes

Mebyon Kernow (MK) 4 seats, 4.8 percent, 26 candidates, 6824 votes
(2009: 3 seats, 4 percent, 33 candidates, 7290 votes. One additional seat won in a subsequent by-election plus two defections to MK.)

Greens 1 seat 2.6 percent, 23 candidates, 3667 votes
(2009: no seats, 2 percent, 16 candidates, 3139 votes)

Liberal Party no seats, 0.1 percent, 1 candidate, 143 votes
(2009: 0.6 percent, 9 candidates, 945 votes)

* I have included in the Independents in 2009 and 2013 both the candidates who described themselves as Independent on the ballot paper and the few candidates who did not put any political description on the ballot paper.

The BNP and English Democrats contested the 2009 elections but not the 2013 elections. The 2009 results were: BNP 0.2 percent of the votes, 4 candidates, 363 votes; English Democrats 0.05 percent, 1 candidate, 81 votes.140 762.

The total number of votes cast was 140 762. The electorate was 422 379. Turnout was 33.3 percent.

The winners

The winners are UKIP and Labour.

UKIP put up very many more candidates than four years ago and has polled well, its vote trebling. However, its 15 percent of the votes won it only five percent of the seats but it came in second place in several seats. It is impressive that the party could put up so many candidates. It will be interesting to see how UKIP performs at the council, whether the party on the ground expands, and whether its present electoral success leads on to more or whether it is a temporary rise.

The Labour party in Cornwall has come back from the dead. In 2009 it won no seats. This month it has won 8 seats and 8 per cent of the votes. That is a signal turnaround. The party can build on this. It is impressive that Labour was again able to put up so many candidates. The only gloom is the loss of Jude Robinson, a good councillor, who had won her Camborne unitary seat in a by-election; Labour’s foothold in Cornwall is fragile still.

The losers

I shall write a separate post on MK and these elections shortly but for now let me record that for Mebyon Kernow (MK) the results are a standstill disappointment. Compared to 2009 it has more or less stood still on seats and votes, had slightly fewer candidates, and its vote share has risen by around half a percentage point. MK is not making headway.

The Libdems, Conservatives, and Independents have lost 48 000 votes between them on 2009 and their share of the vote has fallen substantially too. They have lost chiefly to UKIP but are still the largest blocks on the council by far.