Current polls for the London Mayoral elections are quite revealing. The major parties – Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems are naturally standing candidates – as well as The Green Party, UKIP, BNP and a number of independents and small parties.
Firstly, bear in mind that by current polling figures, UKIP is expected to poll around 3% of the vote - around exactly that of the Greens.
So you’d expect that the BBC would be giving coverage to these parties more or less equally, right? I did some snuffling around using Google and found the following facts.
- Green Party candidate Jenny Jones received 280 mentions on the BBC website between 1st January and 30th April.
- Independent candidate Siobhan Benita received 106 mentions on the BBC website in the same timespan
- BNP candidate Carlos Cortigila received 63 mentions on the BBC website in the same timespan.
- UKIP candidate Lawrence Webb received just 58 mentions on the BBC website in the same timespan