BBC News – European elections: UKIP strong support in the South East

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Throughout the present election advertising marketing campaign the UKIP chief Nigel Farage had promised his get collectively would set off an “earthquake in British politics” beating Labour and the Tories inside the European elections.

Today he celebrated as UKIP topped the polls in a number of the council areas all through the South East. From Dartford via to Dover and Crawley.

The Conservatives solely topped the poll in Tunbridge Wells, Tandridge and Mid Sussex – whereas Labour gained in Brighton.

For the Liberal Democrats it was a really horrible night time time. Only Catherine Bearder’s re-election as South East MEP (the get collectively’s sole advisor in Europe now) saved the social gathering from full annihilation.

Support for UKIP was notably strong in East Kent. Almost half of everyone who voted in Margate voted for them. Nigel Farage himself joked: “We do want to be beside the seaside.”

With an increase of 13% inside the share of the vote inside the South East, specialists say UKIP’s surge in fame need to be taken considerably.

‘New baby on the block’

Professor Tim Luckhurst, from the University of Kent, said: “David Cameron has a really giant course of on his palms – notably proper right here inside the South East – people merely don’t contemplate he can ship on Europe and immigration the type of insurance coverage insurance policies UKIP are promising.

“UKIP in all chance can’t ship them each nevertheless the degree is people assume UKIP is the model new baby on the block and is thrilling. Mr Cameron’s social gathering seems quaint and jaded.”

There’s little query it was a superb consequence for UKIP in these native elections and I assume the backside of assist seen inside the South East means it is increasingly in all probability we’ll see Nigel Farage standing in Kent – in all chance South Thanet.

It might be very troublesome to extrapolate from these outcomes though what will happen on the General Election subsequent yr.

Even Thursday’s native election outcomes differ extensively from the European outcomes. Take the bell-local weather seat of Crawley as an example. Labour did fairly nicely there inside the native elections on Thursday night time time and seized administration of the council from the Conservatives. Labour said that finish outcome would put them on the proper monitor to win the seat on the General Election. But merely days later, UKIP topped the polls there.

I assume it reveals that people vote in one other approach in native and European elections – perhaps seeing it as a chance to level out their dissatisfaction with the occasions in power – than they do on the topic of choosing the subsequent authorities A:04 pm – Source: bbc.co.uk
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