Official: the best (and worst) Lib Dem Euro results

As m’LDV clleague Alex has just mentioned, the Guardian has kindly uploaded a spreadsheet listing all the council results from the European elections – allowing us to sort the results whichever way we wish. So listed below are the best – and worst – Lib Dem European election results.

There are 41 areas which we’re defining as the best-performing – ie, the Lib Dem vote exceeded 20%. As you might expect, a number of familiar names crop up, pleasingly a mixture of held and target seats. (NB: council results do not necessarily match Westminster constituencies, so careful in extrapolating too precisely!)

Sadly, there are more results that we’re defining as worst-performing, 118 in total where the Lib Dem result failed to reach 10%. For comparison, the Tories were <10% in 10 areas, but there were an astonishing 157 areas where Labour was <10%. Ukip was <10% in 62 areas, and the Greens <10% in 307 areas. Anyway, enough of such data-mining - here are the lists in full:

Best Lib Dem Euro election results:

(Defined as areas where the Lib Dem vote exceeded 20%)

Position / Council / MEP region / Vote / %-age

1. South Lakeland NORTH WEST 15,447 36.83
2. SHETLAND ISLANDS SCOTLAND 1,438 33.8
3. ORKNEY ISLANDS SCOTLAND 1,326 31.77
4. Richmond Upon Thames LONDON 16,446 30.79
5. Kingston upon Thames LONDON 11,658 28.01
6. Cardiff Central WALES 4,603 27.82
7. HIGHLAND SCOTLAND 14,550 27.49
8. South Somerset SOUTH WEST 15,093 27.25
9. Cambridge EASTERN 8,447 26.45
10. Newcastle upon Tyne NORTH EAST 15,646 26.43
11. Sutton LONDON 12,836 26.26
12. Stockport NORTH WEST 18,642 26.04
13. Oadby & Wigston EAST MIDLANDS 4,533 26.04
14. North Norfolk EASTERN 9,525 25.95
15. Cheltenham SOUTH WEST 7,954 25.48
16. Northumberland NORTH EAST 20,338 24.95
17. Eastleigh SOUTH EAST 8,724 24.92
18. Chesterfield EAST MIDLANDS 7,141 24.88
19. Watford EASTERN 5,717 24.49
20. Brecon & Radnorshire WALES 4,858 23.88
21. Winchester SOUTH EAST 9,825 23.6
22. Haringey LONDON 11,550 23.59
23. SCOTTISH BORDERS SCOTLAND 6,317 23.43
24. Lewes SOUTH EAST 7,540 23.24
25. Southwark LONDON 12,348 23.09
26. Taunton Deane SOUTH WEST 7,951 22.96
27. Burnley NORTH WEST 5,422 22.67
28. Woking SOUTH EAST 6,658 22.5
29. ARGYLL & BUTE SCOTLAND 5,293 21.97
30. Camden LONDON 10,180 21.72
31. Eastbourne SOUTH EAST 6,105 21.47
32. Mendip SOUTH WEST 7,353 21.03
33. St Albans EASTERN 9,469 20.92
34. Guildford SOUTH EAST 8,417 20.74
35. Malvern Hills WEST MIDLANDS 5,539 20.6
36. Stratford on Avon WEST MIDLANDS 8,841 20.48
37. West Dorset SOUTH WEST 7,175 20.33
38. Purbeck SOUTH WEST 3,276 20.27
39. Harrogate YORKS & HUMBERSIDE 9,336 20.14
40. South Cambridgeshire EASTERN 9,516 20.12
41. Gateshead NORTH EAST 8,873 20.08

Worst Lib Dem Euro election results:

(Defined as areas where the Lib Dem vote failed to reach 10%)

Position / Council / MEP region / Vote / %-age

1. NORTH LANARKSHIRE SCOTLAND 2,553 4.56
2. Rhondda WALES 704 4.57
3. Barking and Dagenham LONDON 1,645 4.61
4. COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR SCOTLAND 289 4.71
5. Thurrock EASTERN 1,602 5.23
6. EAST AYRSHIRE SCOTLAND 1,256 5.26
7. WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE SCOTLAND 964 5.27
8. Castle Point EASTERN 1,328 5.3
9. Llanelli WALES 946 5.43
10. Carm East & Dinefwr WALES 1,121 5.53
11. Islwyn WALES 789 5.61
12. Hyndburn NORTH WEST 1,285 5.75
13. Newham LONDON 2,761 5.75
14. Ynys Mon WALES 974 5.8
15. DUNDEE CITY SCOTLAND 1,689 6
16. FALKIRK SCOTLAND 1,701 6.1
17. Great Yarmouth EASTERN 1,454 6.17
18. Sandwell WEST MIDLANDS 4,245 6.22
19. Caernarfon WALES 913 6.31
20. NORTH AYRSHIRE SCOTLAND 1,817 6.34
21. Meirionnydd Nant Conwy WALES 684 6.35
22. Cynon WALES 812 6.4
23. SOUTH AYRSHIRE SCOTLAND 1,873 6.44
24. Blaenau Gwent WALES 964 6.72
25. Caerphilly WALES 1,204 6.74
26. Havering LONDON 3,940 6.75
27. Nuneaton & Bedworth WEST MIDLANDS 2,303 6.8
28. Vale of Clwyd WALES 1,070 6.85
29. Dartford SOUTH EAST 1,737 6.91
30. Neath WALES 1,275 7.03
31. ANGUS SCOTLAND 1,785 7.05
32. CITY OF GLASGOW SCOTLAND 7,133 7.08
33. Broxbourne EASTERN 1,632 7.1
34. WEST LOTHIAN SCOTLAND 2,313 7.13
35. West Lancashire NORTH WEST 2,086 7.19
36. Gravesham SOUTH EAST 1,821 7.26
37. Clwyd West WALES 1,324 7.29
38. Walsall WEST MIDLANDS 4,216 7.35
39. Bexley LONDON 4,523 7.37
40. South Staffordshire WEST MIDLANDS 2,357 7.4
41. CLACKMANNANSHIRE SCOTLAND 764 7.41
42. Boston EAST MIDLANDS 1,146 7.43
43. RENFREWSHIRE SCOTLAND 2,828 7.48
44. Wyre NORTH WEST 2,611 7.49
45. Wolverhampton WEST MIDLANDS 4,286 7.53
46. SOUTH LANARKSHIRE SCOTLAND 4,510 7.57
47. Copeland NORTH WEST 1,576 7.61
48. Aberavon WALES 1,132 7.61
49. DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY SCOTLAND 2,927 7.71
50. Thanet SOUTH EAST 2,482 7.71
51. Dudley WEST MIDLANDS 6,265 7.72
52. Wellingborough EAST MIDLANDS 1,687 7.79
53. North Warwichshire WEST MIDLANDS 1,460 7.82
54. Tamworth WEST MIDLANDS 1,487 7.82
55. South Derbyshire EAST MIDLANDS 2,254 7.91
56. Basildon EASTERN 3,335 7.93
57. Bassetlaw EAST MIDLANDS 2,372 8.01
58. Crawley SOUTH EAST 2,063 8.04
59. Bolsover EAST MIDLANDS 1,501 8.07
60. South Holland EAST MIDLANDS 1,909 8.09
61. Ogmore WALES 1,147 8.13
62. Vale of Glamorgan WALES 2,002 8.2
63. Enfield LONDON 5,398 8.29
64. Tameside NORTH WEST 4,218 8.52
65. Wakefield YORKS & HUMBERSIDE 5,936 8.59
66. Carm West & South Pembs WALES 1,640 8.61
67. Chorley NORTH WEST 2,674 8.65
68. Barnsley YORKS & HUMBERSIDE 4,434 8.66
69. Rotherham YORKS & HUMBERSIDE 5,515 8.71
70. Conwy WALES 1,467 8.72
71. Blackpool NORTH WEST 3,067 8.74
72. Waveney EASTERN 2,837 8.81
73. Preseli Pembrokeshire WALES 1,691 8.84
74. EAST RENFREWSHIRE SCOTLAND 2,136 8.86
75. Slough SOUTH EAST 2,004 8.94
76. Hastings SOUTH EAST 2,021 8.98
77. Tendring EASTERN 3,727 9
78. Swale SOUTH EAST 2,851 9.01
79. Breckland EASTERN 3,204 9.04
80. Amber Valley EAST MIDLANDS 3,536 9.05
81. Selby YORKS & HUMBERSIDE 2,125 9.06
82. MORAY SCOTLAND 1,744 9.1
83. Clwyd South WALES 1,491 9.11
84. Medway SOUTH EAST 5,460 9.15
85. Redbridge LONDON 5,793 9.16
86. Maldon EASTERN 1,668 9.18
87. East Northamptonshire EAST MIDLANDS 2,270 9.18
88. Rochford EASTERN 2,205 9.21
89. INVERCLYDE SCOTLAND 1,523 9.22
90. Bolton NORTH WEST 5,680 9.23
91. Wigan NORTH WEST 5,903 9.26
92. Hillingdon LONDON 5,714 9.3
93. Mansfield EAST MIDLANDS 2,337 9.3
94. King’s Lynn & West Norfolk EASTERN 3,898 9.37
95. Cardiff West WALES 1,725 9.37
96. Braintree EASTERN 3,905 9.38
97. Erewash EAST MIDLANDS 3,097 9.42
98. Newport West WALES 1,740 9.43
99. East Staffordshire WEST MIDLANDS 3,056 9.47
100. Torfaen WALES 1,587 9.48
101. Cannock Chase WEST MIDLANDS 2,126 9.53
102. Alyn & Deeside WALES 1,584 9.54
103. Reddich WEST MIDLANDS 2,123 9.57
104. Telford & Wrekin WEST MIDLANDS 4,313 9.63
105. Fenland EASTERN 2,319 9.68
106. PERTH & KINROSS SCOTLAND 3,544 9.71
107. Harrow LONDON 6,054 9.71
108. Stoke-on-Trent WEST MIDLANDS 4,806 9.73
109. Coventry WEST MIDLANDS 6,548 9.77
110. Gosport SOUTH EAST 1,938 9.85
111. Croydon LONDON 7,957 9.85
112. Doncaster YORKS & HUMBERSIDE 7,521 9.85
113. Greenwich LONDON 4,998 9.87
114. Peterborough EASTERN 3,704 9.88
115. Kettering EAST MIDLANDS 2,623 9.89
116. North West Leicestershire EAST MIDLANDS 3,085 9.89
117. Corby EAST MIDLANDS 1,389 9.97
118. Harlow EASTERN 1,966 9.98

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17 Comments

  • There appears to be a strong correlation between areas where we performed well and where we have parliamentary representation or have target seats. It makes you wonder whether the party is simply dying out in other areas, thus, enabling fringe parties to make headway. With the departure of Chris Rennard and the likelihood of a General Election next year, it is probably time to give our campaign strategy a thorough examination. Perhaps, this could be Nick Clegg’s internal priority for the next 100 days?

  • Stuart Holdsworth 9th Jun '09 - 9:17pm

    We are always going to struggle in the European elections considering the general skepticism in Europe. I agree that we are lucky to have a system though in which we can return 11 very good MEP’s it’s just a shame what they do isn’t widely known. As for the strategy, Westminster has to be the priority and resources are finite. Target, Concentrate, Establish and then Expand

  • Liberal Neil 9th Jun '09 - 11:02pm

    Niklas – what will happen in the General Election in Oxford East is that everyone will know that it is neck and neck between the Lib Dems and Labour and will vote accordingly. The Greens got 16% of the vote in the 2005 County elections in Oxford East but the same poeple voting in the same ballot boxes only gave them 4% in the General – and that was when we were much further behind. Tatchell is making no impact whatsoever.

  • Liberal Neil 9th Jun '09 - 11:12pm

    RMC and others – all the evidence is that we get the best vote overall by concentrating our efforts where we have the organisation to do it. It is far easier to tun out votes where you have canvass data, delivery networks, activists etc., as well as a higher base vote to turn out.

    However ‘targeting’ does not and should not mean only working in existing held and target seats. We should be aiming to steadily increase the areas we are active in – and european and other PR elections, if used inteligently, give us an opportunity to open up new territory, depending on the other elections they coincide with.

    Every Local Party should have a long term strategy in place that uses each election in turn to steadily develop its campaigning and capacity.

    So this time round, in the areas that had County elections we should have concentrated our effort in target county seats – the seats where we had the largest numbers of our supporters to turn out.

    In London sensible Local Parties will have used the european campaign to consolidate their position in existing held and target wards AND to start building up capacity in potential new target wards.

    Dinti makes some useful points about using our resources more effectively. Building capacity in new wards should not just mean delivering endless Focus leaflets, but, as she suggests, using the telephone and inteligent targeting to identify supporters and recruit activists is a very effective way to start.

  • Chris Stanbra 10th Jun '09 - 9:13pm

    Corby, number 117 on list with 9.97% of vote in euro elections. Same day, same area, same voters, 24% of vote in county council elections and our first ever county seat in Corby, a gain from Labour – although it was actually between us and the Tories and we had a majority over them of 150. People think the euros don’t matter and use the opportunity to protest and vote for a party other than one of the three main parties. We also suffer because we are the so called “pro eu” party so we get twice the kickin’.

  • Matthew Huntbach 15th Jun '09 - 10:59pm

    It’s a well-known phenomenon in advertising that to get a point across, you have to repeat it and repeat it. You will find that’s how most commercial advertising campaigns work.

    So it actually is the case that putting several leaflets out on one area and none out in another will work better than putting one leaflet out everywhere.

    Remember, the people in the area that get all the leaflets don’t know they’ve been singled out – they think that’s how it is everywhere, and it serves to counter the problem “the LibDems are weak, it isn’t worth voting for them”.

    In PR elections we can and should still target. In fact we can target even more efficiently than in FPTP elections. We need to win a quota of votes to get a seat (still works this way with list systems, which are essentially STV with the people forced by the politicians only to choose certain combinations). We can choose where we concentrate our campaigning that will most likely win us votes to go towards that quota. Unlike FPTP it needn’t be a geographically contiguous area determined by someone else.

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