BBC News – Local elections: South East battlegrounds

Polling stationUKIP predicted a “political earthquake” nevertheless had mixed fortunes inside the South East

I assume the native election results in the South East are very important as a result of the Conservatives misplaced administration of two councils – Maidstone and Crawley.

Labour gained administration of Crawley, which was an precise improve for them – they’d pushed arduous there – Ed Balls and Ed Miliband had every been campaigning inside the metropolis – it’s definitely considered one of their key objective seats inside the South East.

It’s ninety two on their aim itemizing nationwide they often say if they may win that on the next primary election which means they could have a comfy majority.

Of course, these have been native elections and solely in a restricted number of council areas so it’s troublesome to extrapolate what would happen on the essential election nevertheless there is no doubt Crawley goes to be a key battleground proper right here in 2015.

It wasn’t an excellent night time time for the Liberal Democrats – they misplaced two councillors in Tunbridge Wells nevertheless they do keep the second largest get collectively on Maidstone Council which is now beneath no basic administration.

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Nigel Farage was pleased collectively together with his get collectively’s effectivity in Kent and Sussex and appeared to offer the clearest indication however that he’ll most likely stand in Kent on the widespread election when he suggested the BBC he would stand someplace south of the Thames.

But I don’t assume we observed the political earthquake proper right here that he’d predicted. UKIP had hoped to take H wards in Tunbridge Wells – in fact they took none.

They did take A in Maidstone which was an excellent finish outcome for them nevertheless they didn’t have a superb night time time in Sussex – their solely councillor in Hastings misplaced his seat.

To be truthful they did come second in a lot of places on votes share – along with in Tunbridge Wells. The disadvantage they’ve is the first-earlier-the-publish voting system doesn’t favour the smaller occasions. But it is perhaps a particular story inside the European Elections when the outcomes can be found.

The voting is accomplished by proportional illustration, which suggests each get collectively’s share of the seats is roughly the similar as its share of all the votes cast.

The polls advocate UKIP will come prime of the polls – within the occasion that they do which will solely add to the pressure on the other occasions – and their leaders – ahead of subsequent yr 12:05 pm – Source: bbc.co.uk
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