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EU Election Results for Derbyshire Dales (East Midlands Region)

May 27, 2019 11:22 AM
By Peter Dobbs

Another great night at the Count

Bill Newton Dunn - MEP for East Midlands (Lib Dems)

Bill Newton-Dunn MEP for East Midlands

After the initial verification process held at Wirksworth on Thursday, on Sunday night the action moved to the Town Hall in Matlock for the counting of votes from the whole of the Derbyshire Dales area in the May 2019 European Elections. It was clear early on as the piles of ballot papers grew that although the Brexit Party had the largest pile, the Lib Dems were clearly the second most popular party and, significantly, the piles for the Greens and the Lib Dems added together were greater than those of the Brexit party.

An efficient team led by Sandra Lamb (Returning Officer) completed the count well before the 10pm target, when results could be officially declared.

The vote share in Derbyshire Dales for those parties (and one individual) standing for the 2019 EU elections in the East Midlands are as follows:

  • The Brexit Party 34.0%
  • Liberal Democrats 24.3%
  • Green 14.9%
  • Conservative 12.4%
  • Labour 6.6%
  • UKIP 3.7%
  • Change UK 3.6%
  • Independent Network 0.3%
  • Simon Rood 0.3%

Results courtesy of the BBC, rounded to nearest 0.1%

This is a great result for Lib Dems in the Derbyshire Dales - with the fourth highest Lib Dem vote share in the East Midlands region, after Rutland, Oadby & Wigston and Rushcliffe, where they BEAT the Brexit Party!

Well done to all those who helped campaign and distribute leaflets (an extra 11,000+ delivered to key areas of the Dales) - it does seem to have made a difference.

A final reflection from my evening at the count. There were just THREE 'counting agents' at the Town Hall. These are people appointed by the parties or candidates whose job it is to make sure that the ballot papers always end up on the correct pile - we observe those doing the counting. It is a simple extra level of checking to make sure that procedures are carried out correctly.

Only the Lib Dems, Labour and the Conservatives had sent an agent (and the Conservative one was 'borrowed' from Staffordshire, since the Derbyshire Dales Conservatives had refused to participate in the campaign). Despite their slick campaign, it is hard to find much evidence in the Brexit Party of the support of local activists prepared to campaign tirelessly in the interests of local communities.

It takes more than a high profile figurehead, a media savvy campaign, and a single policy to make a real political party. A good knowledge of the rules of the Electoral Commission would also help - whoever erected Brexit Party posters on the grass verge of the A52 near Ashbourne should have known that this is ILLEGAL since the verge is public land.