Only Labour did anything like as well UKIP and in three constituencies only managed to obtain 8038 voted
OK a great Improvement on their previous vote and they were the only Party to Increase their vote but it stands out because of the collapse in the Conservative and LibDem votes. and Indeed Labour,saw the greatest fall in actual nimbers.
UKIP did well to come from a small base but the second place in middles borough was with 1990 votes and even the much vaunted Rotherham result where they had received somewhat favourable publicity they received less than 5000 vote.
What is clear that there is now no third party in England for people with progressive views to turn to.
Before 2010 the LibDems may well have won one of these seats particularly Rotherham where the previous MP had resigned in disgrace and a candidate was imposed on the local constituency party.
It seems however for the majority of people there was no real choice in any of these constituencies and they stayed at home.