I have just been looking at the performance of some of the minor parties in the local elections. Of particular interest is UKIP.
At the beginning of the campaign UKIP had a grand total of six councillors in the 10,000 seats being fought last Thursday. Amid great fanfare they anounced they were putting up 1,000 councillors. Their leader, Nigel Farage, made great claims about how well they were going to do. Well, amid all the controversy about how well the Conservatives had done (or not), the media seems to have overlooked the fact that UKIP not only didn't win any new council seats, they actually lost one, leaving them with 5 councillors - that's two fewer than the Cornish nationalists, Mebyon Kernow and one more than the Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern. Well done to UKIP! A fantastic advance!
Contrary to many people's expectations, the British National Party also failed to make a breakthrough. They only have 10 councillors in the seats fought last week, an increase of one. I think it's now time for the media to stop giving them as much coverage.
The one minor party which did make a small advance was the Green Party. They now have 62 councillors, an increase of 17.
Another continuing trend is the decline of the the Independents. They now have 158 fewer councillors, with a total of 941 in the seats fought on Thursday.