Wednesday, 6 January 2010

European Election Spending - Wales

Having read Jeff's blog I decided to do the same calculation for Wales with the Electoral Commission having published the figures for the European elections:

Labour - £169,944 (0.82 votes for every £1 spent)
Conservatives - £133,788 (1.08 votes for every £1 spent)
Plaid Cymru - £97,231 (1.3 votes for every £1 spent)
Lib Dems - £82,533 (0.89 votes for every £1 spent)
UKIP - £37,743 (2.3 votes for every £1 spent)
BNP - £30,790 (1.2 votes for every £1 spent)
Jury Team - £22,215 (0.17 votes for every £1 spent)
No2EU - £12,741 (0.67 votes for every £1 spent)
Christian Party - £8,750 (1.5 votes for every £1 spent)
Green Party - £2,703 (14.1 votes for every £1 spent)
Socialist Labour Party - £207 (60 votes for every £1 spent)

The SNP seem to get more votes per £1 spent than what Plaid Cymru get but the 2009 European election wasn't the success that Plaid had hoped for. As in Scotland the Greens in Wales seem to be particularly efficient or it may be that as with the Socialist Labour Party they have a core vote whether they spend any money or not. Of the main parties it seems that UKIP have been the most effective spenders. but the same argument could apply as it applies to the Greens, they have a populist message which resonates with disillusioned anti Europeans who would probably vote UKIP whether they have an effective campaign or not.

2 comments:

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

See also A Pint of Unionist Lite
http://unionistlite.blogspot.com/2010/01/that-pound-will-buy-you-042-voter-at.html

Proper Tidy said...

I'm not so sure the SLP have a 'core vote'. More to do with the fact that they've had the foresight to have the word socialist in their name.