Elections

ballot boxThe great advantage of democracy is the huge power that it bestows upon everyone to support or reject individual candidates for political office. General elections are held every five years. The next one is due in May 2020. Votes cast in May 2015 were as follows:

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger 25,020 46.0 +0.7
UKIP Stephen Fitzgerald 10,437 19.2 +14.4
Labour Michael Lerry 9,589 17.6 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Theo Butt Philip 6,765 12.4 -15.9
Green Julie Harvey-Smith 2,636 4.8 +3.3
Majority 14,583 26.8
Turnout 54,447 67.6

Here are the resulta for 2010:

Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative

24,675

45.3

-0.1

Theo Butt Philip Liberal Democrat

15,426

28.3

+5.7

Kathryn Pearce Labour

9,332

17.1

-8.5

Peter Hollings UKIndependence Party

2,604

4.8

+1.1

Donna Treanor British National Party

1,282

2.4

+2.4

Charles Graham Green

859

1.6

-1.2

Bob Cudlipp Independent

315

0.6

+0.6

Majority

9,249

17.0

Turnout

54,493

71.2

+7.2

Here are the statistics for 2005:

Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative (21,240 votes – 44.1%)

Matthew Burchell, Labour (12,771 votes – 26.5%)

James Main, Liberal Democrat (10,940 – 22.7%)

Ray Weinstein, UKIP (1767 – 3.7%)

Charlie Graham, Green (1391 -2.9%)

On 1st May 2001 the results were:

Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative (19,354 votes – 40.5%)

Ian Thorn, Liberal Democrat (14,367 votes – 30%)

William Monteith, Labour (12,803 votes – 26.8%)

Vicky Gardner, UK Independence Party (1,323 votes – 2.8%)