Mebyon Kernow polls 7% in Cornwall and pushes the Labour Party into sixth place

euroelection Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has achieved its best-ever ‘national’ election result in the elections to the European Parliament. MK polled 11,534 votes (7% of the total) in the Cornwall part of the South West Euro-constituency, pushing the Labour Party into sixth place in the Duchy.

In many places in Mid and West Cornwall, MK was polling over 10%.

When votes from the Isles of Scilly, Gibraltar and throughout the massive South West seat (including Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire) were added in, the MK total finished at 14,922.

Party Leader Cllr Dick Cole, who has just been elected onto Cornwall Council, described the result as a fantastic one for MK. He said:

“Achieving 7% of the vote in Cornwall and out-polling the Labour Party is a truly fantastic result for Mebyon Kernow and we would like to thank the thousands of people who voted for the Party for Cornwall.

“MK fully accepts that the odds were heavily stacked against us in this contest. But we are a party of principle and we stood in this election because we wanted to give local people the opportunity to vote for Cornwall.

“We are even more pleased with the result given that we were denied fair access to television broadcasts and there was a general lack of election coverage in the local press in Cornwall.”

  • In order to be allowed party election broadcasts, MK would have had to stand candidates in nine regions. Due to this unfair arrangement, MK were denied media coverage, though many minor parties including the BNP, Christian Party, the Jury Team, Libertas, No2EU and Socialist Labour were allowed coverage.
  • The Green Party and UKIP were both allowed two European election broadcasts, as well as one each for the local elections. MK had more local election candidates than the Greens and UKIP but were not allowed coverage because we do not stand outside of Cornwall.
  • At the same time, there was very little coverage of the European election in local newspapers and MK had little opportunity to feature on reports on local television.

Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall can also confirm that it will be making representations to recover the £5,000 deposit that it was forced to pay to stand in the Euro-elections.

Cllr Dick Cole added:

“Parties polling over 2.5% of the vote automatically get the deposit back. As a Cornish Party, we only campaigned in Cornwall and polled 7% of the votes cast in Cornwall, though in the massive South West seat this equates to 1% of the overall poll.

“We are a unique party and it is hardly our fault that we have to stand in a massive constituency of which Cornwall makes up only 10%.

“As we only distributed literature within Cornwall, we believe that there is a strong moral case for the money to be returned to MK to support our ongoing campaigns for a better deal for the people of Cornwall.”

Further information

The result of the European Election in Cornwall was as follows:

  1. Conservative Party 46,589
  2. UKIP 39,954
  3. Liberal Democrats 29,436
  4. Green Party 13,361
  5. Mebyon Kernow 11,534
  6. Labour Party 8,483
  7. BNP 5,118
  8. Pensioners Party 3,944
  9. Christian Party 2,168
  10. English Democrats 1,781
  11. Katie Hopkins (Ind) 1,117
  12. Socialist Labour 1,058
  13. NO2EU 890
  14. Fair Pay, Fair Trade 660
  15. Libertas 608
  16. Jury Team 519
  17. WAI D 107
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  • Brenn

    Tamm-ha-Tamm, e spurmantan, a-dreus ar vorenn, aochoù Kernew-Veur.
    Dispar eo ar vro, ha laouen ha plijus eo an dud, evel ar Vretoned.
    Ar c’herneweg zo chomet tost-mat ouzh ar brezhoneg.
    (Petit à petit, j’aperçois, à travers la brume, les côtes du Cornwall.
    Le pays est sans pareil, et les gens sont gais et sympathiques comme les Bretons
    Le cornique est resté assez proche du breton).