Plaid Môr-leidr Cymru

Election Analysis

Bridgend GE2015

We won 106 votes (0.3% vote share) in Bridgend despite there being very little chance of picking up protest votes with such a diverse array of candidates, of which we had a total of 10. Bridgend is also very much a town or rather a collection of towns and communities, not a city, so we are not used to this volume of choice so any candidate is already at a disadvantage. We were did not field any paper leaflets or use a mailshot in Bridgend so it was entirely a digital and media driven campaign, saving thousands of pounds.

Here is our election analysis

Compared to others in Bridgend

  • We beat the National Front’s 66 votes
  • We are already in the same league as TUSC, with their 118 votes, perhaps beating them if many of the spoilt ballots featuring Plaid and Pirates both marked were done correctly
  • We were only 630 votes behind the Greens, who are now a Major Party

Compared to the rest of the UK

Notable achievements:

  • We beat The Whig Party Leader
    • 103 votes (0.2%) Waleed Ghani in Vauxhall
  •  We beat each of the six Class War candidates in vote share and all but one in vote number
    • 53 votes (0.1%) Lisa McKenzie in Chingford
    • 55 votes (0%) Joe Wilcox in Maidenhead
    • 120 votes (0.2%) Andy Bennetts in Lichfield
    • 78 votes (0.2%) Dave Perkins in Sherwood
    • 96 votes (0.2%) David Peel in Norwich South
    • 65 votes (0.1%) Jon Bigger in Croydon South
  •  We beat both Young People’s Party Candidates
    • 72 votes (0.1%) Dr Rohen Kapur aka Henry Northcott in Folkestone and Hythe
    • 80 votes (0.2%) Mark Wadsworth in Epping Forest


Other comparable achievements:

  •  We beat the Socialist Equality Party’s two candidates in vote share
    • 58 votes (0.2%) Katie Rhodes in Glasgow Central
    • 108 votes (0.2%) David O’Sullivan in Holborn & St Pancras
  • We beat Vaper’s in Power’s two candidates
    • 49 (0.1%) Liam Bryan in Kingswood
    • 103 (0.3%) Billy Marsden in Barnsley East
  • We beat the second oldest party, Socialist Party GB’s attempt in Wales
    • 49 votes (0.1%) Brian Johnson in Swansea West
  • We beat the New Independent Centralists Leader
    • 23 votes (0.1%) Roland Courtenay in Kensington
  • We beat the English Democrats attempt in Wales (unsurprisingly)
    • 100 votes (0.2%) Stephen Morris
  • We beat Wessex Regionalist’s only candidate in vote share
    • 110 votes (0.2%) Colin Roland Bex
  • We beat U(niversal) Party’s only candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn
    • 77 votes (0.1%) Robin Ellison
  • We beat Progressive Democracy’s only candidate in Croydon Central
    • 57 votes (0.1%) Martin Camden
  • We beat Sustainable Population’s only candidate in Maldon in vote share
    • 116 votes (0.2%) John Marett
  • We beat The Roman Party. Ave’s only candidate in Reading West
    • 64 votes Philip West
  • We beat Republican Socialist Party’s only candidate in Bermondsey and Old Southwark
    • 20 votes (0%) Steve Freeman
  • We beat The Realists’ Party’s only candidate in Uxbridge and South Ruislip
    • 18 votes (0%) Jane Lawrence
  • We beat Principles of Politics Party’s only candidate in Truro and Falmouth
    • 37 votes (0.1%) Stanley Guffogg
  • We beat The Pluralist Party’s only candidate in Liverpool Walton
    • 23 votes (0.1%) Jonathan Edward Bishop
  • We beat The New Society of Worth’s only candidate in Presli Pembrokeshire
    • 23 votes (0.1%) Rodney Maile
  • We beat Magna Carta’s only candidate in Twickenham
    • 26 votes (0%) David Dean Wedgwood
  • We beat Independent Political Alliance Party’s only candidate in Ribble Valley
    • 56 votes (0.1%) Tony Johnson
  • We beat The Evolution Party’s only candidate in Woking
    • 41 votes (0.1%) Angela Woolford
  • We beat The Eccentric Party of Great Britain (UK)’s only candidate
    • 50 votes (0.1%) Lord Toby Jug
  • We beat Democratic’s only candidate in Solihull
    • 33 votes (0.1%) Matthew J. Ward
  • We beat Birthday’s only candidate in Wells
    • 81 votes (0.1%) Dave Dobbs
  • We beat The 30-50 Coalition’s only candidate in Bethnal Green and Bow
    • 78 votes (0.1%) Elliot Ball
  • We beat Restore the Family’s only candidate in North Cornwall
    • 52 votes (0.1%) John Allman
  • We beat Reduce VAT in Sport’s only candidate in Witney
    • 56 votes (0.1%) Vivien Inez Saunders
  • We beat Population Party UK’s only candidate in Stretford and Urmston
    • 83 votes (0.2%) Paul Carson
  • We beat Mainstream’s only candidate in Coventry South
    • 86 votes (0.2%) “James” Christopher Rooney
  • We beat Magna Carta Conservation Party GB’s only candidate in Woking
    • 77 votes (0.1%) Ruth Temple
  • We beat Land Party’s only candidate in Witney
    • 35 votes (0.1%) Deek Jackson
  • We beat Let’s Keep it Real’s only candidate in vote share in Milton Keynes South
    • 116 votes (0.2%) Matthew Gibson
  • We beat Hoi Polloi’s only candidate in Hornsey and Wood Green
    • 45 votes (0.1%) Geoff Moseley
  • We beat Give Me Back Elmo’s only candidate in Witney
    • 37 votes (0.1%) Bobby Smith
  • We beat Free Public Transport’s only candidate in Stroud
    • 100 votes (0.2%) David Michael
  • We beat Europeans Party’s only candidate in Ealing Central and Acton
    • 39 votes (0.1%) Andrzej Rygielski
  • We beat Democratic Reform’s only candidate in Lewisham Deptford
    • 74 votes (0.2%) Phil Badger
  • We beat Children of the Atom’s only candidate in Shrewsbury and Atcham
    • 83 votes (0.2%) Stirling McNeillie
  • We beat Campaign’s only candidate in Hackney South and Shoreditch
    • 28 votes (0.1%) Gordon Shrigley
  • We beat Al-Zebabist Nation of Ooog’s only candidate in South Thanet
    • 30 votes (0.1%) Robert George Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah
  • We beat Alter Change’s only candidate in Cardiff North
    • 78 votes (0.2%) Shaun Jenkins

Cost Per Vote

We spent £500 on the election in Bridgend, our expenses were a nil return (no expenses or any other monies spent). This puts our 106 votes at a cost of £4.72 each, which is a rather low cost per vote. Data from other parties and candidates on this is limited. We did however operate more efficiently than Something New’s candidate James Smith £5.26 cost per vote and were a touch higher than the £4.61 p/v from Paul Robinson.

Naturally our cost per vote is also lower than every candidate we had more votes than, seeing as we had the absolutely minimum spend (deposit only).

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