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UKIP votes surge as votes counted n Devon

By HEAbiParkes  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

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COUNTING has started for local council seats in Devon this morning as UKIP was reportedly winning more votes and seats in elections this year.

Across the country the Tories and Labour suffered today as voters turned to UKIP in the local elections, with the two largest parties in Westminster losing control of councils as a result of gains for Nigel Farage's 'people's army'.

Stunning results in southern councils appeared to indicate that Essex residents were increasingly voting UKIP and, in a worrying sign for Ed Miliband, the party also made inroads in Labour's northern heartlands.

UKIP gained 11 seats in Basildon to ensure it went from Tory to no overall control, and gains in Castle Point and Southend resulted in the loss of Conservative majority control in those authorities.

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In the local elections seats on Plymouth and Exeter City Councils were up for grabs.

Labour strengthened its hold on Exeter City Council following the local elections.

The final results have now been declared and Labour now have 27 of the 40 seats at Exeter. They made gains on both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats who now have ten and three seats respectively.

Labour leader Pete Edwards retained his seat in Whipton Barton but the day's biggest casualty was Conservative leader Yolonda Henson who had held the seat in Polsloe for the last 32 years.

There are no local council seats being contested in South Devon.

Counting for the European elections in South Devon which will reveal who has won the six South West MEP places does not take place until Sunday.

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  • Ian_Walsh  |  May 26 2014, 8:48PM

    You Know I could give decent answers on UKIP policies but this useless site is populated by the proverbial 'three trolls'. The Herald Express could not even be bothered to send a reporter to the count on Sunday evening, apparently taking what 'story' they could find about ukip's aims from a social media site. Don't Call me, I might call you.... but don't wait up!!!! Ian Walsh (Chairman Torbay UKIP)

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  • jetdave  |  May 26 2014, 6:04PM

    And it's not just British voters who want out of the EU - a far-right earthquake rumbled across Europe this week. The message coming loud and clear from Europe's voters was a resounding thumbs down to the EU project. Around a quarter of MEPs in the new parliament will be campaigning for its abolition. They range from the far left - Syriza in Greece took 26.5 per cent while the largely unknown Podemos party stunned Spain by taking 8 per cent – to the ultranationalist right. Economic woes, immigration, and unemployment have been nudging disillusioned voters across Europe towards the far-right parties. The most stunning success came from the Front National in France, headed up by Marine Le Pen, which won the vote with 26%. In Greece, the extreme right Golden Dawn party, which has been accused of following neo-Nazi ideology, also looks set to win seats for the first time. Almost 70 years after Nazi Germany crumbled, a radical right-wing party that has been compared to the Nazis will enter the European Parliament for the first time. The National Democratic Party (NPD), described by German intelligence as "racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist", has campaigned under slogans including "Money for granny instead of Sinti and Roma" and "the boat is full" and has given interviews insisting Europe is "a continent of white people". Can't our politicians see the danger in continuing to ignore the obvious wishes of the electorate across Europe to have democratic control over the way their countries are run?

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  • jetdave  |  May 26 2014, 6:03PM

    Beyond withdrawing the UK from the EU with the concomitant effect of re‑establishing immigration controls, polling from YouGov suggests that one in four of UKIP voters know nothing at all about the party's other policies. Among the population at large, this proportion rises to 63%. Therefore, most if not all of the people who vote UKIP want the UK out of the EU - do the politicians in the major parties get this? Labour finished behind UKIP but ahead of the Conservatives, while its vote share was up by nearly 10% on 2009. Ed Miliband said that while there was "deep discontent" in the UK and it must show it could "answer the call for change" the party would not be changing its position on a referendum on EU membership. Tory sources pointed out that the party's share of the vote had barely fallen in south-west England and in Wales. Some Conservative MPs have called for a general election pact with UKIP next year, something David Cameron has flatly rejected. Foreign Secretary William Hague said that voters who backed UKIP in the European elections would come back to the Tories next year. "I think there is a deep disillusionment and dissatisfaction not just in this country but across Europe," he said. "I think that people do know that in the European elections they can have a free vote, a free hit. It is very different from a general election." The Lib Dems were completely wiped out in the South West, a traditional strong hold. The most high profile casualty, Sir Graham Watson, who first won a seat on the European Parliament in 1994, failed to be re-elected . Catherine Bearder, the only Liberal Democrat MEP to be elected so far, said Mr Clegg had been right to go out and campaign on a positive EU platform. "It's been very difficult," she told Sky News. "We fought a very good, positive campaign on our issues of being in the European Union and standing up for Britain in the European Union." She denied Mr Clegg or the EU as a whole had proved unpopular on the doorstep, but added: "People don't understand how the European Union works and they don't think it is important to their daily lives." They variously say the voters are wrong, "the party would not be changing its position on a referendum on EU membership"; didn't mean it, "people do know that in the European elections they can have a free vote, a free hit"; or stupid, "don't understand how the European Union works". No, they still don't get it.

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  • cornwall999  |  May 24 2014, 6:26PM

    So the public have voted in favor of U kip! We all have our own opinions and the right to vote for who we see fit to governor this country. I know immigration is very contentious,, however, we now have a coalition government who are simply out of touch and so arrogant which is why they lost so many seats. Weather we like U kip or not it seems the public have voted maybe as a protest vote to say we are sick and fed up with the whole agenda of ruthless cuts and making peoples lives intolerable.! Shirley Sweeney . Don`t forget to stop your ads appearing go to 2 Google " ad blocks"

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  • Cruey  |  May 23 2014, 3:16PM

    All I can say is God help us..........I have yet to hear anything from UKIP on any other policy such as Health and education.........all they promote is getting out of Europe

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  May 23 2014, 12:23PM

    I agree with Mark Twain when he said, "If voting made any difference they'd never lets us do it."

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