By Nigel Farage MEP For so many millions of voters to have just one representative simply cannot be right •It is really quite difficult to work out whether the Ukip general election campaign has been a success or a failure. Every pundit predicted that our vote would melt away as the general election campaign neared its completion, and almost every media interview for the past few months began with the inevitable question about the “slide in Ukip support”.
This number is only just below what we managed to achieve under proportional representation in the European elections of 2014, in which we came first.
It is interesting to note that we gained nearly as many votes as the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru added up together. This is the equivalent of half the panel on the televised leaders’ debates. But only one Ukip MP has been returned to the House of Commons – a situation which most reasonable people would realise highlights the flawed nature of Britain’s electoral system.
But I do think there was a switch in our vote, and we did lose some of our older voters back to the Conservatives because of the Labour-Miliband threat. In a way we knew this was going to happen, and we supplemented our vote with new voters, much younger voters, and in many cases, notably in Thanet, young female voters.