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FABULOUS EARLY RESULTS for UKIP in local elections in England and Wales; nearly 25% in LABOUR by-election – solid SECOND PLACE!

The news from the UK is very encouraging in local elections and the one by-election in a Labour stronghold.  Here’s the live blog from the Guardian (UK) and here’s another site that is anti-extreme right wing parties.

From the Guardian website:

The first result has been declared in Hykenham Forum (North Kesteven), Lincolnshire, reports the Hope not hate blog. Ukip polled 26.1%, which is up 11.7% on 2009. They were still third but it’s an indication of the strength of their vote tonight.

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Ukip have made their first gain of the night – Filton ward in Gloucestershire, the Hope not Hate blog reports. Ukip polled 338, Lab 233, Ind 185, Cons 151.

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Ukip have polled 25% in another Lincolnshire ward – Scotter Rural (West Lindsey):

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Ukip have made their second gain of the night – Gainsborough Hill (West Lindsey), reports the Hope not hate blog.

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Ukip have made two more gains from the Conservatives – in Essex and Boston.

The party won a seat in Basildon Westley Heights, Essex, and in Boston Coastal in Lincolnshire.

The full result from Boston via the Hope not hate blog:

  • RANSOME, F.E.E 45.8 % (826)
    UK Independence Party Up 20.6% GAIN
  • BEDFORD, P 40.4 % (730)
    Conservative Down 14.6%
  • GLEESON, P.M 13.8 % (249)
    Labour Up 4.1%
  • Electorate: 5796
    Turnout: 1805 (31%)

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Ukip have won five seats in Lincolnshire so far: Boston East, Boston Coastal, Boston Fishtoft, Spalding South and Gainsborough Hill.

They’ve also won a second seat in Essex, Rayleigh South.

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Ukip won the Minehead seat in Somerset, PA reports.

They’ve also taken three wards in Hampshire: Fareham Crofton, Eastleigh East and Bishopstoke and Fair Oak.

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There are reports that Ukip have now taken 11 seats in Lincolnshire.

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Ukip have made seven gains in Hampshire so far, according to my colleague Patrick Wintour.

And these are not all the returns.  Thanks to Hope not Hate blog:

This is definately UKIP’s election. They have so far won 11 on Lincolnshire council, seven in Hampshire, three in Essex, two in Gloucestershire and one in Somerset.

That’s 24, though some are saying 28.

There are still many wards to declare in these councils, while 80% of councils up for election this year are actually counting tomorrow.

And once again UKIP has done what will be a thankless effort to drive the BNP out of politics and their voters into the mainstream!  From the Hope not Hate blog:

In 2009 the BNP polled 20.5% of the vote in Spalding East and Moulton ward in Lincolnshire. This time they polled a pathetic 3.9%.

Everywhere, the BNP is collapsing.

The party has been in decline since 2010 but now it is getting wiped out by the UKIP surge.

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BNP candidate Christopher Caffin always knew he was not going to win in Bridgemary ward, Hampshire. But surely he must have thought he would have polled above 1%.

But no, even that was too much for him.

Caffin polled just 32 votes (0.92%). How embarrassing!!

The UKIP surge is also evident in the solidly Labour district of South Shields:

Emma Lewell-Buck (Lab) 12,493 (50.51%, -1.51%)
Richard Elvin (UKIP) 5,988 (24.21%)
Karen Allen (C) 2,857 (11.55%, -10.04%)
Ahmed Khan (Ind) 1,331 (5.38%)
Phil Brown (Ind Soc) 750 (3.03%)
Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes (BNP) 711 (2.87%, -3.65%)
Hugh Annand (LD) 352 (1.42%, -12.79%)
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 197 (0.80%)
Thomas Darwood (Ind) 57 (0.23%)

Lab maj 6,505 (26.30%)
Electorate 62,979; Turnout 24,736 (39.28%, -18.42%)

This is an astounding turnout.  The LibDems only got 155 more votes than the joke Monster Raving Loony party!

Now, it’s a fair question:  Why is a Virginia political blog covering so extensively a British political party?

It is four reasons:

1. UKIP’s fight is our fight.  They are fighting the EU superempire and the global tendency to override sovereignty and liberty.  Sovereignty affects our Constitution – the power of the Constitution to be the supreme law of the land.  That protects all our rights – gun rights, freedom of religion, how to raise our children, make our own decisions as Americans.

2. UKIP is a libertarian party that is like our tea party movement.  In our country, the tea party is one of the groups that attempt to influence the Republican Party but in the UK, UKIP is separate from the Conservative Party.  How would a third party do in a real electoral situation?  The UK is usually (the European Parliament elections are proportional representation) first past the post elections just like our elections.  This shows both how difficult it is to do a third party in a first past the post electoral system and how a third party can place itself in a position to in effect veto the victory of the Conservatives.

3.  Finally, maybe least important but still a critical reason:  I am interested in it and it is an area not covered by most US political blogs so maybe it’ll increase our readership – here and abroad.

4.  Nigel Farage, the UKIP Leader is something like a Ron Paul for all of Europe.  Americans need to know more about Nigel Farage.

There will be more on this topic especially when there is an election pending.

 

 

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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