Vote swings UKIP's way

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

 

THERE was a huge swing in the number of Isle of Wight residents who voted for UKIP in the weekend’s European Parliamentary election, with Conservative support falling by an almost identical amount.

UKIP support leapt by 4,970 votes from 9,563 in 2009 to 14,533, while Conservative support tumbled by 4,767 votes, from 14,122 to 9,335.

Across the South East region, which is represented by ten Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), UKIP enjoyed the biggest share of the vote.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage was among four UKIP MEPs elected for the South East.

Three Conservative MEPs were elected, along with one each from Labour, the Green Party and the Lib Dems.

Catherine Bearder became the only Liberal Democrat MEP in the country following the vote. On the Isle of Wight, the number of Lib Dems votes fell from 5,112 to 1,969.

Turnout fell compared with 2009, when the election coincided with a *local election. It dropped from 39.81 per cent then, to 31.82 per cent this year.

The Green vote fell from 5,380 to 3,854, however they remained third overall on the Island, ahead of Labour, despite their vote rising from 2,607 to 3,708.

See a breakdown of the voting below.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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by K Clatworthy

29th May 2014, at 10:30:04

@Keith McN

"All your base are belong to us"
LMAO :-) Best comment by far.

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by Alex Pick

27th May 2014, at 21:24:59

I think UKIP is good

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by Den Young

27th May 2014, at 21:02:44

when we joined it was for a common market not the fiasco we are lumbered with now which tells us we must have straight cucumbers.

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by James Reed

27th May 2014, at 17:19:05

Mike, That's what Max Clifford said

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by Mike Crowe

27th May 2014, at 16:58:53

James, "It seemed a good idea at the time"

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by James Reed

27th May 2014, at 16:09:31

What are you talking about Joe? We joined the EEC in the 70s, and the Treaty of Maastricht was signed in 1993. Blame our parents and grand parents for not fighting for a referendum then. This is the root of the current issues. But we are it now so time for reform not retreat!

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by Mike Crowe

27th May 2014, at 15:03:01

K McN

Can you please explain what you mean

Thank you

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by joe carr

27th May 2014, at 13:43:05

The sooner we leave the eu the better.as are parent's/grandparents fought in the war's to keep are independents from being ruled by Europe.so most will be turning in there graves knowing that they fought for nothing.

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by joe carr

27th May 2014, at 13:42:56

The sooner we leave the eu the better.as are parent's/grandparents fought in the war's to keep are independents from being ruled by Europe.so most will be turning in there graves knowing that they fought for nothing.

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by Don Prescott

27th May 2014, at 13:39:21

Perhaps the most laughable comment of the past few days was that of the lone Lib Dem MEP, Catherine Bearder (who survived by less than 1% of the vote) and parroted by other Lib Dems:
"We must try harder to get our message across".

Well, you DID and NOBODY listened, did they?

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