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May 29, 2013

UKIP on a roll

Fresh from making massive inroads in the local elections in Britain, libertarian leaning UKIP seems to be on a roll in polling for next years European elections. It managed to gain 26% of the vote and one hundred and forty seven seats in the recent election and appears to be holding a bit better than that for Europe.

It is hardly surprising given the strength and charisma of leader, Nigel Farage:


The survey found that 27% of those certain to vote in the 2014 contest would support UKIP, with Labour on 23% and the Tories on 21%. 
The rise of Mr Farage's party has caused major headaches for the Conservatives, and the ComRes study for the Open Europe think tank found that almost two-fifths (39%) of those who voted Tory in 2010 would back UKIP if the European election was held now. 
In a general election, the poll suggested Labour would take 37% of the votes, an 11-point lead over the Conservatives on 26%, with UKIP on 20% and the Liberal Democrats on 9%. 
… It seems like a short time ago that David Cameron and his Conservatives rode to power in a general election, forming government with the support of the Liberal Democrats. Now they are running second to Labour with UKIP snapping at their heels and supported by the rapidly collapsing Lib Dems.

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