Labour making steady progress in Prittlewell

I thought it was interesting to look at how the vote has changed in Prittlewell during the last dozen elections. In the 10 years since UKIP started fielding candidates, the Tory vote has mostly declined in proportion to the rise in UKIP’s – 2015 saw a large rise in the Tory vote when UKIP didn’t field a candidate, although the fact that the General election took place on the same day and voter turnout was up in the 65% region (as opposed to the usual 30% at locals) may have had a large effect too.

The Lib Dems seem to be in terminal decline since their heady days in the run-up to the 2010 General election – their coalition with the Tories in Westminster has virtually destroyed the party.

Of the rest, the Greens occasionally pop onto the ballot paper, seemingly the only effect being to help split the anti-Tory vote a little further and sometimes, perversely, helping the Tories to win.

The Independent group, or non- party, have never made an impression here, the only exception being in 2015 mainly by default – their candidate, Paul Ryder, was originally going to stand for UKIP but due to some party in-fighting jumped ship and hence no UKIP candidate in 2015.

Labour looks to be making steady headway in the ward. After two years of being the driving force in Southend’s Joint-administration, voters are seeing we are a party that can be trusted to run the town efficiently with resident’s best interests at heart. Unfortunately, although we in the Labour party increased our number of seats across the Borough in 2016, other parties failed to hold onto theirs, meaning the Tories have now signed a pact with UKIP to take control of Southend.


Graph charting the fortunes of the parties from 2002 - 2016 in Prttlewell.
Graph charting the fortunes of the parties from 2002 – 2016 in Prttlewell.



2 Comments on Labour making steady progress in Prittlewell

  1. Whilst Labour’s steady rise cannot be disputed, Mike, UKIP cannot be ignored having won in 2014. It just takes a Tory dip and UKIP timely resurgence (the European Elections are in 2018) and it’s a mighty close three-horse race again. Whilst you pulled out the stops this time round (no question about that), UKIP’ll be ready next time … however the referendum goes! All the best, Bob

    • Sorry your comment didn’t appear earlier, Bob, it seemed to get lost in the admin side of things.

      It will indeed be interesting to see how things pan out. Now your party has accomplished its aim, I don’t see how it can continue with no philosophical, ideological or economic strategy on which to build policy. I think this has been obvious before now, where elected representatives of UKIP can not agree on policy and are forever falling out and either leaving or being expelled from the party – Southend Borough Council being a good example in point, where 5 UKIP councillors have become 2 UKIP councillors and 3 Independents. Up ’till now your ploy of tacking on cherry-picked populist policies has padded out your manifesto, but it is unsustainable in the long run both because of the problem already stated and the difficulty of delivering on these ill-conceived and un-costed promises once/if you gain any share of power in a real-world administration.
      It also appears the downward spiral of UKIP’s popularity at the polls has continued post-election, with the latest opinion polls showing your vote share to have slipped into single figures with the Lib Dems leap-frogging you to be the third party once again.

      Your leader also seems to believe his work is done and has stepped down, apparently leaving your party to drift aimlessly.

      Still – who knows? Politics is a funny old game. All the best, Mike.

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