Jubilant Farage praises Ukip's performance in south Essex

Southend Standard: Jubilant Farage praises Ukip's performance in south Essex Jubilant Farage praises Ukip's performance in south Essex

A jubilant Nigel Farage has insisted Ukip will be "serious players" at the general election after the party landed major blows on the Tories and Labour in local polls.

Mr Farage predicted his party could hoover up 200 extra council seats by the end of the day - and said European election results due Monday could be even better.

Pointing to significant wins in Essex and areas such as Rotherham, he suggested the "Ukip fox is in the Westminster hen house".

"There are areas of the country where now we have got an imprint in local government," he said. "Under the first-past-the-post system we are serious players."

The comments came after a disappointing night for Labour, where the party failed to secure control of councils in spots such as Thurrock, considered crucial for a general election victory, although results in London were more impressive.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said the country appeared to have entered a period of "four-party politics".

The Conservatives were set for heavy losses, with Education Secretary Michael Gove admitting voters had turned to Ukip to send a "very clear message", and the Liberal Democrats also suffered.

With over a third of councils having declared, Ukip had gained nearly a hundred seats - already exceeding expectations of around 80 wins.

They included 11 in Basildon to ensure it went from Tory to no overall control, and five in Thurrock to rob Labour of overall control.

In the north, Ukip showed it could pose a threat in the traditional strongholds of Ed Miliband's party, taking 10 of the 21 council seats up for election in Rotherham.

So far Labour has boosted its councillor numbers by around 70, the Tories have lost some 110 and the Lib Dems more than 60.

Mr Farage said he believed many people would have stuck by long-standing council candidates representing the three main parties, but voted Ukip in European elections.

"Looking at the average vote share across the country and without wanting to count any chickens before they are hatched, it looks pretty good," he added.

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12:19pm Fri 23 May 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

It's been a pleasure to vote for Nigel Farage and UKIP - the realists who care about England and her people.
It's been a pleasure to vote for Nigel Farage and UKIP - the realists who care about England and her people. Alice in Her Own Land :P
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2:36pm Sat 24 May 14

ROBOTS' REBELLION says...

Southend-on-Sea has the 8th densest population in England, outside of London. I want less density of population in my town, not more. Solution - control immigration nationally and therefore locally. Well done Nigel on your victories in Essex. At last a small light at the end of a long tunnel.
Southend-on-Sea has the 8th densest population in England, outside of London. I want less density of population in my town, not more. Solution - control immigration nationally and therefore locally. Well done Nigel on your victories in Essex. At last a small light at the end of a long tunnel. ROBOTS' REBELLION
  • Score: 2

8:17pm Sat 24 May 14

Gaz Michaels says...

Intriguingly, despite the intense media coverage of Mr Farage and the UKIP vote over the past day or two, UKIP has actually had a decline in its overall share of the vote versus last year (17%, down from 2013's 23%), on a roughly similar turnout. And the party's actual 'success' (increase in council seats) has been quite localised, limited to a few certain areas, including our own. I expect similar for the EU election results.

I'll be interested to see what's in the UKIP manifesto for the General Election and see how the party does next year. Based on how the way the vote tends to go in local elections, how protest votes manifest themselves and what has historically happened to parties with policies to the right of the Conservatives, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we've actually seen the high-tide point of UKIP's electoral success this week.

There, just my little opinion; feel free to add your thumbs-downs!
Intriguingly, despite the intense media coverage of Mr Farage and the UKIP vote over the past day or two, UKIP has actually had a decline in its overall share of the vote versus last year (17%, down from 2013's 23%), on a roughly similar turnout. And the party's actual 'success' (increase in council seats) has been quite localised, limited to a few certain areas, including our own. I expect similar for the EU election results. I'll be interested to see what's in the UKIP manifesto for the General Election and see how the party does next year. Based on how the way the vote tends to go in local elections, how protest votes manifest themselves and what has historically happened to parties with policies to the right of the Conservatives, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we've actually seen the high-tide point of UKIP's electoral success this week. There, just my little opinion; feel free to add your thumbs-downs! Gaz Michaels
  • Score: 1

8:54am Sun 25 May 14

RayleighNobby says...

Having had a UKIP county councillor in Rayleigh for over a year who has done nothing for the local people I have no faith in this mob whatsoever...
Having had a UKIP county councillor in Rayleigh for over a year who has done nothing for the local people I have no faith in this mob whatsoever... RayleighNobby
  • Score: 4

3:56pm Sun 25 May 14

Nebs says...

Local Councillors should not be allowed to stand under any party banner, they should all stand, and be judged, on their local policies.

Nothwithstanding that, the best strategy I have heard is to always vote for councillors from the same party as the one currently in charge at Westminster, so as your council gets treated more favourably than others of a different political persuasion.
Local Councillors should not be allowed to stand under any party banner, they should all stand, and be judged, on their local policies. Nothwithstanding that, the best strategy I have heard is to always vote for councillors from the same party as the one currently in charge at Westminster, so as your council gets treated more favourably than others of a different political persuasion. Nebs
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Sun 25 May 14

ThisYear says...

Alice in Her Own Land :P wrote:
It's been a pleasure to vote for Nigel Farage and UKIP - the realists who care about England and her people.
Can you explain how the UKIP care about the people of England? Will they be a party that only cares about English people?
[quote][p][bold]Alice in Her Own Land :P[/bold] wrote: It's been a pleasure to vote for Nigel Farage and UKIP - the realists who care about England and her people.[/p][/quote]Can you explain how the UKIP care about the people of England? Will they be a party that only cares about English people? ThisYear
  • Score: 3

11:44am Sun 1 Jun 14

the citizen says...

Alice in Her Own Land :P wrote:
It's been a pleasure to vote for Nigel Farage and UKIP - the realists who care about England and her people.
..and the award for the most xenophobic, insular, short sighted, and economically and commercially unaware comment goes to......
[quote][p][bold]Alice in Her Own Land :P[/bold] wrote: It's been a pleasure to vote for Nigel Farage and UKIP - the realists who care about England and her people.[/p][/quote]..and the award for the most xenophobic, insular, short sighted, and economically and commercially unaware comment goes to...... the citizen
  • Score: 1

11:50am Sun 1 Jun 14

the citizen says...

Gaz Michaels wrote:
Intriguingly, despite the intense media coverage of Mr Farage and the UKIP vote over the past day or two, UKIP has actually had a decline in its overall share of the vote versus last year (17%, down from 2013's 23%), on a roughly similar turnout. And the party's actual 'success' (increase in council seats) has been quite localised, limited to a few certain areas, including our own. I expect similar for the EU election results.

I'll be interested to see what's in the UKIP manifesto for the General Election and see how the party does next year. Based on how the way the vote tends to go in local elections, how protest votes manifest themselves and what has historically happened to parties with policies to the right of the Conservatives, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we've actually seen the high-tide point of UKIP's electoral success this week.

There, just my little opinion; feel free to add your thumbs-downs!
I'll agree with you.... a lot of noise for very little substance. It won't stop them taking their allowances from Brussels though. Just watched industry go cold on them if they inadvertently (through their naivety) threaten trade. There could be businesses relocating from the UK to eastern europe faster than you could pour Nigel a pint. All we will become is another American corporation trading outlet (if the TTIP goes unchallenged).
[quote][p][bold]Gaz Michaels[/bold] wrote: Intriguingly, despite the intense media coverage of Mr Farage and the UKIP vote over the past day or two, UKIP has actually had a decline in its overall share of the vote versus last year (17%, down from 2013's 23%), on a roughly similar turnout. And the party's actual 'success' (increase in council seats) has been quite localised, limited to a few certain areas, including our own. I expect similar for the EU election results. I'll be interested to see what's in the UKIP manifesto for the General Election and see how the party does next year. Based on how the way the vote tends to go in local elections, how protest votes manifest themselves and what has historically happened to parties with policies to the right of the Conservatives, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we've actually seen the high-tide point of UKIP's electoral success this week. There, just my little opinion; feel free to add your thumbs-downs![/p][/quote]I'll agree with you.... a lot of noise for very little substance. It won't stop them taking their allowances from Brussels though. Just watched industry go cold on them if they inadvertently (through their naivety) threaten trade. There could be businesses relocating from the UK to eastern europe faster than you could pour Nigel a pint. All we will become is another American corporation trading outlet (if the TTIP goes unchallenged). the citizen
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