UK General Election, May 2015:

Party Vote and Lost deposits

1,569 candidates lost their £500 deposits by securing less than 5% of the total valid votes cast §
PartyNumber of
candidates
Total Votes% of Total Vote
achieved
Vote as % of
electorate
Vote as % of
Total Vote in
seats contested
Number of
lost deposits
Total cost
30-50 Coalition178 0.00% 0.00% 0.15%1£500
Alliance for Green Socialism4852 0.00% 0.00% 0.49%4£2,000
Alliance Party1861,556 0.20% 0.13% 8.57%8£4,000
All People's Party4981 0.00% 0.00% 0.48%4£2,000
Alter Change - Politics. Only Different178 0.00% 0.00% 0.15%1£500
Al-Zebabist Nation of Ooog130 0.00% 0.00% 0.06%1£500
Animal Welfare Party4736 0.00% 0.00% 0.40%4£2,000
Apni Party1156 0.00% 0.00% 0.41%1£500
Apolitical Democrats1228 0.00% 0.00% 0.40%1£500
Beer Baccy & Scratchings1133 0.00% 0.00% 0.24%1£500
BNP81,667 0.01% 0.00% 0.44%8£4,000
Bournemouth Independent Alliance1903 0.00% 0.00% 2.01%1£500
British Democratic Party1210 0.00% 0.00% 0.51%1£500
British Independents1143 0.00% 0.00% 0.35%1£500
Campaign128 0.00% 0.00% 0.06%1£500
Cannabis328,419 0.03% 0.02% 0.58%32£16,000
Children of the Atom183 0.00% 0.00% 0.15%1£500
Christian Movement for GB1292 0.00% 0.00% 0.69%1£500
Christian Party71,738 0.01% 0.00% 0.51%7£3,500
Christian Peoples Alliance173,260 0.01% 0.01% 0.39%17£8,500
Class War7526 0.00% 0.00% 0.15%7£3,500
Common Sense Party1256 0.00% 0.00% 0.45%1£500
Communist League2174 0.00% 0.00% 0.18%2£1,000
Communist Party1106 0.00% 0.00% 0.22%1£500
Communist Party of Britain6801 0.00% 0.00% 0.30%6£3,000
Communities United Party51,102 0.00% 0.00% 0.44%5£2,500
Consensus1637 0.00% 0.00% 1.22%1£500
Conservative64711,299,96936.81%24.38%36.99%18£9,000
Democratic Reform Party174 0.00% 0.00% 0.16%1£500
Digital Democracy1139 0.00% 0.00% 0.28%1£500
DUP16184,260 0.60% 0.40%29.85%0£0
Eccentric Party150 0.00% 0.00% 0.11%1£500
English Democrats326,531 0.02% 0.01% 0.46%32£16,000
Europeans Party139 0.00% 0.00% 0.08%1£500
Free Public Transport Party1100 0.00% 0.00% 0.16%1£500
Give Me Back Elmo137 0.00% 0.00% 0.06%1£500
Green5731,157,613 3.77% 2.50% 4.26%442£221,000
Guildford Greenbelt Group1538 0.00% 0.00% 1.00%1£500
Hoi Polloi145 0.00% 0.00% 0.08%1£500
Humanity Party1149 0.00% 0.00% 0.31%1£500
Ind Community & Health Concern17,211 0.02% 0.02%14.59%0£0
Independence from Europe5578 0.00% 0.00% 0.23%5£2,500
Independent169101,781 0.33% 0.22% 1.27%162£81,000
Independent Political Alliance Party156 0.00% 0.00% 0.11%1£500
Independents Against Social Injustice1603 0.00% 0.00% 1.16%1£500
Independent Save Withybush Save Lives13,729 0.01% 0.01% 9.19%0£0
Independents for Bristol1204 0.00% 0.00% 0.32%1£500
Islam Zinda Baad Platform1191 0.00% 0.00% 0.42%1£500
Justice & Anti-Corruption Party2171 0.00% 0.00% 0.20%2£1,000
Justice for Men & Boys2216 0.00% 0.00% 0.21%2£1,000
Labour5898,473,89427.60%18.28%30.29%3£1,500
Labour & Co-op42873,379 2.85% 1.88%44.76%0£0
Land Party135 0.00% 0.00% 0.06%1£500
Left Unity102,884 0.01% 0.01% 0.56%10£5,000
Let's Keep It Real1116 0.00% 0.00% 0.20%1£500
Liberal44,480 0.01% 0.01% 2.31%4£2,000
Liberal Democrat6312,415,916 7.87% 5.21% 8.07%341£170,500
Liberty GB1216 0.00% 0.00% 0.60%1£500
Lincolnshire Independents55,407 0.02% 0.01% 2.06%4£2,000
Magna Carta Conservation Party GB177 0.00% 0.00% 0.15%1£500
Magna Carta Party126 0.00% 0.00% 0.04%1£500
Mainstream186 0.00% 0.00% 0.20%1£500
Manston Airport Independent Party1191 0.00% 0.00% 0.39%1£500
Mebyon Kernow65,675 0.02% 0.01% 1.92%6£3,000
Monster Raving Loony Party163,898 0.01% 0.01% 0.51%16£8,000
Movement for Active Democracy1164 0.00% 0.00% 0.34%1£500
National Front71,114 0.00% 0.00% 0.35%7£3,500
National Health Action Party1112,999 0.04% 0.03% 2.24%10£5,000
National Liberal Party2627 0.00% 0.00% 0.66%2£1,000
New Independent Centralists123 0.00% 0.00% 0.07%1£500
No to terrorism yes to Britain2202 0.00% 0.00% 0.22%2£1,000
Party for a United Thanet2199 0.00% 0.00% 0.21%2£1,000
Patria2205 0.00% 0.00% 0.21%2£1,000
Patriotic Socialist Party2106 0.00% 0.00% 0.10%2£1,000
Peace Party4957 0.00% 0.00% 0.48%4£2,000
People Before Profit37,854 0.03% 0.02% 6.25%2£1,000
People First1407 0.00% 0.00% 1.06%1£500
Pirate Party61,130 0.00% 0.00% 0.43%6£3,000
Plaid Cymru40181,704 0.59% 0.39%12.13%8£4,000
Poole People11,766 0.01% 0.00% 3.73%1£500
Population Party UK183 0.00% 0.00% 0.18%1£500
Putting Croydon First!1221 0.00% 0.00% 0.38%1£500
Red Flag - Anti-Corruption2147 0.00% 0.00% 0.14%2£1,000
Reduce VAT in Sport156 0.00% 0.00% 0.10%1£500
Removing the Politicians1187 0.00% 0.00% 0.36%1£500
Republican Socialist Party120 0.00% 0.00% 0.04%1£500
Residents for Uttlesford11,658 0.01% 0.00% 2.88%1£500
Respect49,989 0.03% 0.02% 5.80%3£1,500
Restore the Family152 0.00% 0.00% 0.11%1£500
Rochdale First Party11,535 0.01% 0.00% 3.38%1£500
Save Hartlepool Hospital1849 0.00% 0.00% 2.15%1£500
Scottish Christian Party21,467 0.00% 0.00% 1.99%1£500
Scottish Communist Party1136 0.00% 0.00% 0.31%1£500
Scottish Socialist Party4875 0.00% 0.00% 0.49%4£2,000
SDLP1899,809 0.33% 0.22%13.90%3£1,500
Sinn Fein18176,232 0.57% 0.38%24.54%4£2,000
SNP591,454,436 4.74% 3.14%49.97%0£0
Social Democratic Party2125 0.00% 0.00% 0.16%2£1,000
Socialist Equality Party2166 0.00% 0.00% 0.18%2£1,000
Socialist Labour Party83,481 0.01% 0.01% 1.28%8£4,000
Socialist Party of GB10899 0.00% 0.00% 0.19%10£5,000
Something New2695 0.00% 0.00% 0.61%2£1,000
Southport Party1992 0.00% 0.00% 2.25%1£500
Speaker134,617 0.11% 0.07%64.47%0£0
The Above & Beyond Party5522 0.00% 0.00% 0.23%5£2,500
The Birthday Party181 0.00% 0.00% 0.14%1£500
The Democratic Party133 0.00% 0.00% 0.06%1£500
The Evolution Party141 0.00% 0.00% 0.08%1£500
The New Society of Worth123 0.00% 0.00% 0.06%1£500
The North East Party42,138 0.01% 0.00% 1.34%4£2,000
The Northern Party3332 0.00% 0.00% 0.25%3£1,500
The Pilgrim Party1143 0.00% 0.00% 0.33%1£500
The Pluralist Party123 0.00% 0.00% 0.06%1£500
The Principles of Politics Party137 0.00% 0.00% 0.07%1£500
The Realists' Party118 0.00% 0.00% 0.04%1£500
The Roman Party. Ave164 0.00% 0.00% 0.13%1£500
The Sustainable Population Party1116 0.00% 0.00% 0.24%1£500
Traditional Unionist Voice716,538 0.05% 0.04% 6.30%3£1,500
TUSC12834,061 0.11% 0.07% 0.59%128£64,000
Ubuntu Party2197 0.00% 0.00% 0.24%2£1,000
UKIP6243,881,09912.64% 8.37%13.14%79£39,500
UK Progressive Democracy Party157 0.00% 0.00% 0.11%1£500
Ulster Unionist15114,935 0.37% 0.25%19.10%2£1,000
U Party177 0.00% 0.00% 0.14%1£500
Vapers in Power2152 0.00% 0.00% 0.18%2£1,000
War Veteran's Pro-Traditional Family Party1150 0.00% 0.00% 0.30%1£500
We Are The Reality Party31,029 0.00% 0.00% 0.76%3£1,500
Welsh Communist Party1186 0.00% 0.00% 0.57%1£500
Wessex Regionalist Party1110 0.00% 0.00% 0.19%1£500
Whig Party4561 0.00% 0.00% 0.28%4£2,000
Wigan Independents1768 0.00% 0.00% 1.70%1£500
Workers Party52,724 0.01% 0.01% 1.34%5£2,500
Workers Revolutionary Party7488 0.00% 0.00% 0.14%7£3,500
World Peace Through Song1165 0.00% 0.00% 0.31%1£500
Yorkshire First146,811 0.02% 0.01% 1.04%14£7,000
Young People's Party2152 0.00% 0.00% 0.15%2£1,000

Total3,97030,697,752100.00%66.22%1,569£784,500

§ It has never been clear to me how Returning Officers do this calculation, and whether they employ rounding. In its Guidance for Candidates and Agents the Electoral Commission says that "The deposit will be returned to you if you gain more than 5% of the total valid votes cast in the constituency". If taken literally, this must mean that if you only gain 5.00% of the vote then the deposit is forfeited. Whether the threshold is taken to be <5% or <=5%, the calculations suggest that 1569 deposits were lost.

Regional voting figures exist for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales



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