Looking at the results for the 2017 General Election for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex constituencies it would appear as though UKIP and Brexit are determined to ignore the most successful results and let down a large number of their previous 63,000 voters. The claim by Brexit that they would only present candidates in seats where Labour had won, was ignored as they failed to put forward someone for Canterbury although as it happens UKIP did not put forward a candidate in 2017. They did however put forward candidates for the three Brighton and Hove seats and Eastbourne. However with the exception of Brighton Pavilion which in 2017 had a UKIP candidate that received 630 votes, none of the other three seats have previously had a UKIP person to vote for. Because of the dominance of the Conservatives in our region, the top 10 and even top 20 UKIP constituencies in Kent, Surrey and Sussex all have Conservative MPs and so one could understand that Brexit is not standing in any of those seats. However in fact in Sevenoaks and Runnymede & Weybridge two ex-Brexit members are standing as Independent candidates.
In terms of the UKIP candidates they are on the voting cards in Rochester, Gillingham, Bognor Regis and Runnymede. However there are also ex-UKIP members standing as Independents in Folkestone, East Surrey and Ashford. So on face value only four of the top 20 UKIP South East constituencies have a UKIP or Brexit vote to place. Even if the ex-UKIP or ex-Brexit candidates standing as Independents are clear to UKIP voters in the top 20 constituencies there are still only 8 places for voters to be able to vote for UKIP or Brexit candidates. On the other hand in the 10 constituencies that in 2017 did not have a UKIP candidate standing, three have the Brexit party standing and one which is Michael Gove’s constituency have a UKIP candidate. All of this seems to demonstrate a very strange approach to gaining ground in our region!