Party Of Climate And Green Energy Sceptics Rocks Britain’s Political Landscape
The UK Independence Party has overtaken the Liberal Democrats as the third party of British politics, Nigel Farage declared today as he made major gains in local elections.
He said his party was on course to make big gains, despite being ‘abused’ by the political establishment, including claims they were ‘clowns’ and racists’.
As senior Conservatives scrambled to justify haemorrhaging support to the anti-EU party, Mr Farage said he was at the head of a ‘wave of protest’ which would permanently change the political landscape.
UKIP claimed second place behind Labour in the South Shields parliamentary by-election, which saw the Tories pushed into third and the Lib Dems slumping to a humiliating seventh.
Mr Farage boasted that if a by-election came up in a marginal seat, ‘we have every chance of winning it’.
With seven council election results declared so far, UKIP has gained 42 county council seats in England. UKIP won no seats when the same councils were fought in 2009.
The Tories are down 66 seats to 201, Labour up 30 to 42 and Lib Dems down 15 to 73.
UKIP became the second largest party in Lincolnshire, winning 16 seats and depriving Conservatives of overall control.
In Gloucestershire, the Tory group left the door open to a power-sharing coalition with UKIP to run the county council.
In Hampshire furious defeated Conservatives tore into the ‘arrogant, out of touch’ government whose failure to listen to voters had cost them their seats.