Skip to comments.UK: Nigel Farage's Ukip (Tea Party) surges to best ever showing, winning 150 seats
Posted on 05/03/2013 5:09:58 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
The UK Independence Party has achieved its best showing at the polls yet by winning almost 150 seats in the council elections.
Nigel Farage, the partys leader, was jubilant after it emerged that one in four voters supported Ukip in the elections in 35 councils in England and Wales.
The rise of the party cost the Conservatives three local authorities, although Ukip did not win control of any councils.
The party was even second in the South Shields by-election in the north east of England, where the Tories were third and the Liberal Democrats a distant seventh.
By late on Friday Ukip had seen 147 councillors elected, of whom 139 were gains. The party had several hundred candidates in second place candidates. More than one million people voted for Ukip, according to a party spokesman.
Mr Farage was mobbed by well-wishers as he toured the television studios in Westminster, stopping off for a pint at his favourite pub the Marquis of Granby.
He told The Daily Telegraph: I cant believe it. I have had so many disappointments. I thought I was the patron saint of lost causes.
Mr Farage said that the support of around a quarter of the electorate had been more than I dreamt possible. He added: This is a real sea-change in British politics.
He said Ukip had taken its first substantial step towards a party that can credibly win seats at Westminster.
Its a fascinating day for British politics. Something has changed here. I know that everyone would like to say that it's just a little short-term, stamp your feet protest - it isnt. Theres something really fundamental that has happened here.
By late on Friday bookmaker William Hill was offering odds of 5/1 on Ukip winning a by-election before the general election takes
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Basically because their so-called “conservatives” have sold out to unlimited immigration, global warming, “reformed” Europeanism, etc.
The comments about the UKip victory are encouraging..
This is how the Tea Party movement needs to play it.
Run people for thousands of local posts. Mayors, state houses, city councils, dog catcher. Grab the chair from the bottom, and tilt the rot off the top.
and gay marriage!
Maybe Lady Thatcher’s recent passing has reminded people of when they had a good conservative government.
Hopefully this can carry over in future UK elections....and motivate similar movements elsewhere
I think you’re right. I’d take an extended leave of absense from my job and work my ass off for local tea party candidates at this point. GOP-e can KMA!!!
It is already happening. The tea-party candidate for Michigan GOP state chair lost by 17 votes. The establishment closed two important district caucuses before he could have a chance to speak to them. They know we are coming.