UK General Election, May 2010:

Party Vote and Lost deposits

1,570 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
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 Different.178 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 Democrat1228 0.00% 0.00% 0.40%1£500
Beer Baccy & Scratchings1133 0.00% 0.00% 0.24%1£500
Bournemouth Ind 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
British National Party81,667 0.01% 0.00% 0.44%8£4,000
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 Party93,205 0.01% 0.01% 0.78%8£4,000
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 Party of Britain91,229 0.00% 0.00% 0.31%9£4,500
Communities United Party51,102 0.00% 0.00% 0.44%5£2,500
Consensus1637 0.00% 0.00% 1.22%1£500
Conservative64711,299,60936.81%24.38%36.98%18£9,000
Democratic Reform Party174 0.00% 0.00% 0.16%1£500
Democratic Unionist Party16184,260 0.60% 0.40%29.85%0£0
Digital Democracy1139 0.00% 0.00% 0.28%1£500
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
Green5731,157,630 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
Independent173103,426 0.34% 0.22% 1.26%166£83,000
Independent Political Alliance Party156 0.00% 0.00% 0.11%1£500
Independents for Bristol1204 0.00% 0.00% 0.32%1£500
Ind Save Withybush Save Lives13,729 0.01% 0.01% 9.19%0£0
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
Keep It Real Party1116 0.00% 0.00% 0.20%1£500
Labour5898,473,62427.60%18.28%30.29%3£1,500
Labour & Co-op42873,379 2.85% 1.88%44.76%0£0
Labour (total)6319,347,00330.45%20.16%31.23%3£1,500
Land Party135 0.00% 0.00% 0.06%1£500
Left Unity102,884 0.01% 0.01% 0.56%10£5,000
Lewisham People Before Profit21,056 0.00% 0.00% 1.17%2£1,000
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 GB2260 0.00% 0.00% 0.31%2£1000
Linconshire Independents55,407 0.02% 0.01% 2.06%4£2,000
Loony163,898 0.01% 0.01% 0.51%16£8,000
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 Ind Party1191 0.00% 0.00% 0.39%1£500
Mebyon Kernow65,675 0.02% 0.01% 1.92%6£3,000
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
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
People Before Profit Alliance16,798 0.02% 0.01%19.24%0£0
People First - Gwerin Gyntaf1407 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
Population Party UK183 0.00% 0.00% 0.18%1£500
Putting Croydon First!1221 0.00% 0.00% 0.38%1£500
Rebooting Democracy1187 0.00% 0.00% 0.36%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
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 Socialist Party2475 0.00% 0.00% 0.50%2£1,000
SDLP1592,255 0.30% 0.20%15.22%2£1,000
Sinn Féin18176,232 0.57% 0.38%24.54%4£2,000
SNP591,454,436 4.74% 3.14%49.97%0£0
Social Democratic & Labour Party37,554 0.02% 0.02% 6.75%1£500
Social Democratic Party2125 0.00% 0.00% 0.16%2£1,000
Socialist2400 0.00% 0.00% 0.48%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
Speaker134617 0.11% 0.07%64.47%0£0
Sustainable Population Party1116 0.00% 0.00% 0.24%1£500
The 30-50 Coalition178 0.00% 0.00% 0.15%1£500
The Above & Beyond Party5522 0.00% 0.00% 0.23%5£2500
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£2000
The Northern Party3332 0.00% 0.00% 0.25%3£1,500
The Party for Poole People Ltd.11,766 0.01% 0.00% 3.73%1£500
The Peace Party4957 0.00% 0.00% 0.48%4£2,000
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 Republican Socialist Party120 0.00% 0.00% 0.04%1£500
The Roman Party. Ave164 0.00% 0.00% 0.13%1£500
The Whig Party4561 0.00% 0.00% 0.28%4£2,000
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 Unionist Party15114,935 0.37% 0.25%19.10%2£1,000
U(niversal) 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
Wessex Regionalist Party1110 0.00% 0.00% 0.19%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

Total3,97130,697,255100.00%66.22%1,570£785,000

§ 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 1570 deposits were lost. The Parliamentary Briefing Paper also reports this figure.

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



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