Monday, June 08, 2009

Just to recap

For reference, here are the key statistics of the election (so far):

Conservatives came first taking 28.6 percent of the vote, with 24 MEPs. UKIP came second receiving 17.4 percent, winning 13 MEPs. Labour took 15.3 percent, also picking up 13 MEPs. The Lib-Dims crawled in fourth with 13.9 percent of the vote, getting 10 seats. The Greens took 8.7 percent and two MEPs. The BNP won two seats, in Yorkshire and the Humber, where it gained 10 percent of the vote, and in the North-West, getting 8 percent of the vote. Turnout was 34.8 percent.

By contrast, in the 2004 elections the Tories pulled 26.7 percent of the vote and Labour got 22.6. UKIP grabbed 16.1 percent, beating the Lib-Dems into third place, trailing with 14.9 percent. The Greens got 6.3 and the BNP 4.9 percent. Then, the candidates were fighting for 78 seats, the electorate producing a turnout of 38.2 percent.