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This article in the London Evening Standard is great for UKIP and its chances in Clacton for its first MP win on October 9.  (Won’t Sandy be impossible that Thursday?  Thankfully we should know by close of business that day who wins in Clacton (and now apparently in Heywood and Middleton, too!) so victory lap or laps are possible.

UKIP has come up to 15% of voters (The Tories lead by less than one percent over Labour – 34 to 33 percent and the Liberal Democrats are tanking at only SEVEN Percent!) for the popularity contest among parties.  This is not what was expected after the May EU and local elections.

More good news:

In other findings that will widen the smile on Mr Farage’s face:

More than half, some 53 per cent, say Ukip is “highlighting important issues which other parties aren’t taking seriously enough”.

The proportion of people who think voting Ukip in a general election means “a wasted vote” has declined. The percentage who agree has fallen from 57 to 50 since May, and the percentage who disagree has risen from 33 to 41.

Mr Farage has by far the least toxic net satisfaction ratings out of the four biggest party leaders.

And there is an intriguing paragraph I tried to find confirmation of but cannot:

Meanwhile a buzz is sweeping Westminster that the party is gaining traction for a second by-election being held on the same day, at Heywood and Middleton where the late Labour MP Jim Dobbin had a majority of 6,000.

But there is this article in what appears to be a local newspaper about the election and they are giving the early call to Labour and UKIP for a close election in the northwest district (or riding as the Brits call it):

The vote is expected to be a hard-fought fight between Labour and Ukip, who came first and second respectively in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election in February following the death of Paul Goggins.


Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for the neighboring constituency of Rochdale, said he expected a difficult and bad tempered by-election.

In his column for Rochdale Online Mr Danczuk said: “The main challengers will be UKIP and the noises coming from their camp already suggest they will seek to exploit some of the recent tragedies that have hit our town, notably the grooming scandal and the tragic death of Lee Rigby.

“The wounds of these events are still healing in our community and I hope that UKIP think long and hard before trying to rip them open again in a very opportunistic way purely for party political reasons.”

Lee Rigby was a soldier beheaded on the streets of London by an Islamic extremist last year.

The Labourites are a bit afraid about Heywood and Middleton, it seems to me.  They should be.

In my next column, we will again give some unsolicited and free advice to UKIP as to how to win Labour votes in Heywood and Middleton.  Maybe I need to twitt or tweet or whatever my CV to Nigel Farage.  It’s all the rage to hire foreign advisors for British campaigns.  And I’ll put heart and soul into the UKIP fight.  It’s our fight, too.



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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