Local elections 2014: Over 50,000 votes for TUSC and we're still counting
Even though most of Thursday's local council election results have now, at least, been declared, it is still proving harder than expected to collate together all the results for the 560 TUSC candidates.
But we have now passed the 50,000 vote mark, with TUSC, at this point, scoring more than 1,000 votes in 16 councils.
In Sheffield TUSC's candidates have collectively polled 2,657 votes across the city, with a 10.2% share of the vote in Manor Castle ward and 8.4% in Burngreave ward. In Doncaster TUSC polled 1,556 votes, in Barnsley 1,361, and in Wakefield 1,257.
Salford is another member of the 1,000-plus club, with 2,150 votes across the city, led by Terry Simmons' 21% score in Little Hulton ward and Susan Wright, with 19.2% in Barton.
In London there were 5,482 votes cast for TUSC candidates in Waltham Forest, 4,166 in Haringey, 2,260 in Hillingdon, 2,162 in Enfield, 1,887 for the ward candidates in Newham (in addition to the 1,708 votes for TUSC's candidate for mayor), 1,315 in Lambeth, and 1,134 in Southwark (the full ward results have not yet been published, as we post this, in Hackney, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets).
In London, where councils are only elected once every four years and every seat is up for election, most voters are able to cast more than one vote in a ward. However, while TUSC stood in 154 wards in London only in 29 were there more than one TUSC candidate.
The complexities of calculating percentage shares in multi-seat contests, especially with the variation in information provided by different councils (over a bank holiday weekend!), is one of the reasons for the delay in collating the results. But as soon as we can we will post up a comprehensive seat-by-seat and council-by-council report on how all the TUSC candidates fared.
What is clear from the results so far, however, is that 'the party that doesn't exist' for the national media (TUSC still doesn't appear in the BBC's website's guide to the English council results - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26434025 ) has made its mark and prepared the ground for broader and deeper electoral challenges in the future.