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UKIP's Torbay triumph part of 'new age of John Bull'

By HEGuyH  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

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VOTERS across South Devon played their part in a massive night for UKIP in the European Parliament elections.

The anti-EU party topped the poll across the South West, which includes Gibraltar, with two of its candidates elected.

Nigel Farage's party dominated the voting in Torbay and also topped the polls in Teignbridge. It was a bleak night for local Lib Dems.

The Conservatives also took two of the six seats available in the West Country, one fewer than its 2009 tally.

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The South West also elected a Labour MEP, Clare Moody, and its first Green Party MEP, Dr Molly Scott Cato.

The UK Independence Party topped the Euro election polls in Torbay.

The results showed UKIP grabbing 14,666 votes with the Tories lagging behind on 8,804.

The Lib Dems finished on 3,647 with Labour on 3,176.

The Green Party were not far behind with 2,457.

An Independence from Europe had 602 votes, the English Democrats 310 and the BNP 271. The turn out was 32.50 per cent.

UKIP also came top at Teignbridge with 13,358 votes ahead of Conservative with 11,912, Green with 4,659 and Lib Dem with 4,497.

In the South Hams Conservatives topped the polls with 9,645 ahead of Ukip with 8,058, Green Party 4,822, Lab 2,555 and Lib Dem 2,252. Turnout 41.49%.

The veteran Liberal Democrat, Sir Graham Watson, lost his seat as the Lib Dem vote collapsed.

He said: “Anti-European feeling in this country hasn’t been as strong since the Napoleonic Wars.

“We are seeing a new age of John Bull.”

“We are seeing a new age of John Bull.”

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, said: “I think there is a deep disillusionment and dissatisfaction across Europe.

“People do know in the European Parliament elections they can have a ‘free hit’ – a vote that doesn’t have the consequence of bringing in the wrong government.”

He said a less centralised and more accountable EU would be in the interests of everyone in Europe.

As the results were coming out showing UKIP in the lead nationally, the party’s leader, Nigel Farage, said: “Anything is possible after tonight’s results.

“I predict UKIP could get enough MPs [in the 2015 General Election] to hold the balance of power in a hung Parliament.”

He added: “The people’s army of UKIP now marches on to Newark [by-election].”

Dr Scott Cato made history by becoming the first Green Party MEP for the South West.

She said: “It is fantastic that the South West now has a Green voice in Europe.

“I would like to thank everyone who voted Green on Thursday, and I am looking forward to representing the South West in Brussels.

“The Greens are the only party with a clear and positive message on EU reform, which I think was attractive to voters and translated into the result we see today.

“Our ‘people before profit’ policies have really resonated with voters who have been looking for a viable alternative party which truly represents their values.”

Sir Graham Watson, confronting a near-total wipe-out for the Lib Dems, said it was a classic mid-term anti-government protest vote.

“I don’t believe this is in any way unsurprising for the party.”

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  • truthistruth  |  May 26 2014, 5:29PM

    Graham Watson is wrong. It's not anti-Europe feeling, it's an anti-EU one. And any politician who thinks it is merely a protest vote obviously still doesn't get the message. People migrating here from the EU are mostly of the same race as ourselves, white Caucasian. So how is it racist to address the issue of uncontrolled immigration from Europe? This is what UKIP, which include members from ethnic minorities, wants to control. It's beginning to reach a point where our infrastrucure, our housing, health, education, welfare, and public services cannot cope. UKIP wants the UK to have a say in who enters the country from the EU, and to allow in those from the rest of the world who would benefit the country, regardless of their racial origin. As for expenses, Farage did not claim for any expenses. Like every MEP, he received a monthly allowance of just over £3,500 a month, simple as that. No claims or receipts for expenses are required. Please don't believe all the attempted smears which UKIP's desperate opponents will inevitably throw at the party.

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  May 26 2014, 11:06AM

    UKIP MEPs do nothing in the EU parliament except claim very generous expenses. They go on about how bad it for us yet they do nothing to try and change things or try and bring about any type of change to make it better for the UK. Then they come back to the UK, make a lot of noise and do a lot of whingeing.

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  • Ant__  |  May 26 2014, 10:43AM

    So where were all these UKIP supporters during the referendum on political reform in 2011. UKIP supported the introduction of proportional representation and campaigned in favour of AV in the 2011 referendum. Chances of UKIP seats in the UK government ? Not high.

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