Costs for main party candidates in 2011 Barnsley Central by-election:
BNP £3,845 - Enis Dalton BNP 1,463 = £ per vote
Cons £14,051.99 - James Hockney Conservative 1,999 = £ per vote
Lab £66,388.78 - Dan Jarvis Labour 14,724 = £ per vote
Lib Dems £6,437.50 - Dominic Carman Liberal Democrat 1,012 = £ per vote
UKIP £30,574.38 - Jane Collins UKIP 2,953 = £ per vote
Would someone work out for me which party has the highest Voter Cost Efficiency and which the lowest and all the others in between? (I know I am just going to get it wrong because I'm a girl!)
@1party4all UKIP spent most per vote, then Conservatives, Lib Dems, Labour and BNP.
"At a very rough calculation, BNP votes cost between £3 & £4 each; Conservative votes were £7; Labour votes cost between £4 and £5 (although, of course, this turned out to be the cost of winning the election); Liberal Democrat votes cost £6 apiece; whilst UKIP spent an astonishing £10 per vote.
One might conclude that BNP votes were the equivalent of buying one of the cheaper properties on the Monopoly board (Whitechapel Road, say) on which other players continually land for some reason; whilst UKIP votes were the equivalent of investing in some very high cost property indeed (such as Mayfair) which – for some reason - manages to garner no rent whatsoever.
Highest number of votes for lowest outlay = BNP.
Lowest number of votes for highest outlay = UKIP.
Best overall value for money = Labour."