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General Election 2015 – Results Analysis

The National Health Action Party has taken 20,210 votes in 12 constituencies in the 2015 General Election. But what does that mean for the party, and how do they compare to other parties both currently and historically?

The Picture in England

The National Health Action Party was the 7th most popular party in England:

Party UK Candidates UK Votes Votes Per Candidate
Conservative  648  11,334,920 17,492
Labour  631  9,347,328 14,813
UKIP  624 3,881,129 6,219
Liberal Democrat 631  2,415,888 3,828
Green 573  1,157,613 2,020
TUSC  135 36,327 269
National Health Action  12         20,210  1,684
Respect Party  4         9,989 2,497
CISTA  32         8,419 263
Yorkshire First  14         6,811 487
English Democrats  32  6,531 204
Monster Raving Loony Party 16  3,898  243
Christian Peoples Alliance 17           3,260 191
British National Party 8           1,667 208

Historical Comparisons

The National Health Action Party has fared remarkably better than the Green Party and UKIP did in their first general elections. The party also gained a higher share of votes per candidate than the 1997 Referendum Party and the 2005 Veritas Party.

NHA
2015
UKIP
1992
Green
1974
Labour
1895
Candidates  12 17  6  28
Total Votes 20,210  4,383  4,576  44,325
Votes Per Candidate  1,684 258  763  1,583
% Vote in Contested Seats 3.27% 0.53% 1.67% x
Seats Won  0 0 0  0
Deposits Saved  16% 0 0  x
NHA
2015
Veritas
2005
Referendum
1997
Candidates  12 65  547
Total Votes 20,210  40,607 810,860
Votes Per Candidate  1,684  624 1,482
% Vote in Contested Seats 3.27%  1.5% 3.1%
Seats Won  0   0  0
Deposits Saved  16%    2%   7%

NHA’s Future

Despite an overall win for the Conservatives, the incoming government has a much smaller majority than the 363 seats won by the Coalition parties in 2010. While NHS cuts and austerity will continue, the Conservative government responsible will surely be in a weaker position. There will be a need for an ongoing popular movement against the Conservative government, to protect the NHS from cuts and privatisation.

Poor Labour and Liberal Democrat results suggest they are failing to gain traction with the public, and neither party is offering to fight for sufficient NHS funding or renationalisation. The Green Party has amiable NHS policies, and we can hope that the SNP will act in a progressive manner.

However, it falls to the NHA to be the most outspoken, the most knowledgeable, and the most passionate party in the fight for the NHS.

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