People on social media are predicting there’s one seat UKIP won’t lose

Nigel Farage on Question Time

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Nigel Farage held the record for the number of appearances on BBC Question Time. In fact, Farage holds the joint record (with Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke) for the number of appearances on Question Time this century. Clarke holds the overall record, having appeared 58 times in 36 years. The article was corrected at 14:15 on 21 May.

As the local election results roll in, one thing is very clear: it was a disastrous night for UKIP.

At the time of writing, UKIP has won just three seats and lost more than 100.

Paying respects

People on Twitter were quick to pay their respects to the death of UKIP as a political force:

Even pro-Brexit Twitter account StrongerOUT can see no way back for the party:

One safe seat

However, some social media users are predicting that one seat will remain a UKIP stronghold:

A permanent fixture

Between 2010 and 2017, a UKIP representative appeared on almost one in four Question Time programmes. UKIP only had one MP during this period, the same number as the Green Party. However, representatives from the Greens only featured on 7% of episodes.

So it’s no surprise that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage holds the joint record for the number of individual appearances on the BBC’s flagship political debate this century.

David Dimbleby has enjoyed the pleasure of his company on 32 occasions:

Based on electoral support

In February 2018, SNP politician Michael Russell tweeted the following criticism of the BBC:

The BBC responded, stating:

The Question Time panel varies from week to week to ensure a broad range of views are represented. Party appearances on the programme are in line with past electoral support

At its height in 2015, UKIP held one MP and 202 council seats. The party now has zero MPs, and has been decimated in the local elections.

Let’s hope the BBC takes note of this electoral support in future programming.

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