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Some encouraging news on UKIP!  As my readers know (I see you waving in London!), I was concerned about the UKIP turnout in the May 5 local elections.   Turned out the party exceeded expectations – elected its first Mayor in Ramsey (this means they won control of the local counsel!) Lisa Duffy is a visionary leader for the future!

“I was elected because I presented a platform of local democracy, a vision for Ramsey and to boost tourism to the town,” said Ms Duffy, pictured right.

“To do that I will be committing part of the Mayor’s charity budget to the creation of a youth council, in which I will engage the young people of Ramsey in governance and decision-making.

“Of course in line with UKIP’s local agenda I will ensure if any key issues arise in the town then there is the possibility of binding local referenda to decide how the Council should act. I am looking forward to getting down to work as soon as possible.

We’ll see great things in Ramsey.

UKIP also won more votes in this election than last election!  Nearly 400,000 votes this time. Probably because of vote splitting, victories were few:

“Though this did not translate into a huge number of wins – we made a net gain of 4 Unitary, District and Borough councillors, against the Greens’ 14, the English Democrats’ one and the BNP’s loss of 11 – it clearly shows that we have made substantial progress in the past 12 months.

Glad to see the continued decline in the BNP’s showing.  This may be UKIP’s best contribution to British politics so far.

Also some sad news:  The Libertarian Party of the UK may be dissolving.  I agree with UKIP that it is the best vehicle for the former libertarians and this party can win!  Ask Her Honor Mayor Lisa Duffy!

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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