Post by greenhert on Dec 30, 2016 0:15:47 GMT
It fascinates me how many times someone can get selected by a major UK party and never actually become an MP (and in some cases have no real prospect of becoming one).
There used to be a website called ElectionWeb which used to have this data, but it has gone offline with no sign of returning.
For the purposes of this leaderboard, major British parties include: Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, SNP, and Plaid Cymru (since they all have at least one MP and one MEP apiece and each has a good chance of increasing their current parliamentary representation in the near future somewhere; they also all have local support bases in at least several areas of the country). Runs for Liberal/SDP are counted as LD, runs for AFL are counted as UKIP, and runs for PEOPLE/Ecology are counted as Green. People who have been successfully elected as an MP, even once, are not eligible for inclusion on this leaderboard.
The current frequent parliamentary candidates leaderboard for major parties looks like this (NB: only contests since 1950 are counted):
|Party||Name of candidate||Number of unsuccessful parliamentary attempts||Years in which attempts were carried out|
|Conservative||Brian Keefe||7||1964, 1964 (by), 1966, 1970, 1974 (Oct), 1979, 1983|
|Lib Dem||Simon Knott||9*||1959,1964,1966,1970,1974(both),1979,1983,1987|
|Green||Alan Francis||10||1983,1987,1992,1997,2001,2005,2010,2015, 2017, 2019|
|Plaid Cymru||Lindsay Whittle||9**||1983,1987,1992,1997,2001,2005,2010, 2017, 2019|
*Simon Knott's run as an Independent Liberal in Barons Court in 1959, and as a local Liberal in 1983 in Hammersmith (Hammersmith Liberal Association backed him, but the national parties of both the SDP and Liberal Parties at the time backed Michael Starks instead) are counted here.
**All in the same constituency-Caerphilly.