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‘Most extraordinary result seen in British politics for 100 years’

Ukip storms to victory in European elections

UKIP has taken the lion’s share of the vote in the’tanterbury and Swale districts for the European elections. Polls closed on Thursday evening and the count for Canterbury took place at the Kings Hall in Herne Bay on Sunday. Nigel Farage’s party, which already has two members on Canterbury City Council and 17 seats on Kent County Council, won close to 13,500 votes — almost 3,500 more than the Conservatives, who finished in second place. Labour were third with just over 6,000, with the Green Party knocking the Liberal Democrats into fifth place. The full results for the Canterbury district were Ukip 13,459, Conservative 10,068, Labour 6,012, Green 4,794 and Lib Dem 3,031. In Swale the count took place at Swallows Leisure Centre in Sittingbourne. Ukip took 14,125 votes, with the Conservatives second on 8,236. Labour were third with 5,162, the Green Party were fourth with 2,080 and Lib Dems finished fifth with 1,314. Turn-out was 35.17 per cent in Canterbury and 33.53 per cent in Swale. Kent is part of the South East region, which also covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordsh ire, Surrey and Sussex. A total of ten MEPs are elected for the region. UKIP won in the South East, gaining 33 per cent of the vote and four of the ten available seats. Nigel Farage was the first of four members to be elected, gaining two seats from 2009. The Tories lost two seats but retain three members at the European Parliament. Labour and Green each held their solitary seat and Catherine Bearder was the only Liberal Democrat MEP to survive the ballot in the UK. Speaking following the count in Southampton, Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage said:

“The people’s army of Ukip has spoken and delivered just about the most extraordinary result that has been seen in British politics for 100 years and I am proud to have led them to that. And in a way, it’s surprising it didn’t happen before because we have had three parties in British politics that led us into a common market that has developed into a political union, who’ve twisted and turned with a variety of promises to give us a referendum that they have never actually kept.”


South East results

Ukip: Nigel Farage, Janice Atkinson, Diane James, Ray Finch (4 seats, +2)
Conservatives: Dan Hannan, Nirj Deva, Richard Ashworth (3 seats, —1)
Labour: Annaliese Dodds (1 seat, unchanged)
Green: Keith Taylor (1 seat, unchanged)
Liberal Democrats: Catherine Bearder (1 seat, -1)

The national vote

Ukip 27.5 per cent of the vote, 23 seats, a gain of ten
Labour 25.4 per cent of the vote, 18 seats, a gain of seven
Conservative 23.94 per cent of the vote, 18 seats, a loss of seven
Green 7.87 per cent of the vote, three seats, a gain of one
Lib Dems 6.87 per cent of the vote, one seat, a loss of nine
Plaid Cymru 0.71 per cent of the vote, one seat, no change
SNP 2.44 percent of the vote, no seats, no change
BNP 1.14 per cent of the vote, no seats, a loss of two

Herne Bay Times, May 28th 2014

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