On Thursday 16 May, UKIP won a council seat in the Labour heartland of Rotherham. Tradition has it that even a donkey with a red rosette would get elected in Rotherham; not anymore.
If UKIP can win in Rotherham then they can win anywhere.
Election Result, Rawmarsh Ward, Rotherham 16 May, 2013
Caven Vines (UKIP) 1143 46.5% (+32.6%)
Lisa Marie Wright (Lab) 1039 42.3% (-8.9%)
Martyn Lawton Parker (Cons) 107 4.4% (-10.5%)
William George Baldwin (BNP) 80 3.3% (-11.1%)
Andrew Tony Gray (TU and Socialists against cuts) 61 (2.5%)
Mohammed Meharban (LibDem) 28 (1.1%)
This was the result for the same ward on 6 May 2010, when the vacating Labour councillor Shaun Wright was elected.
|Conservative||TIPTAFT, David Howard Palmer||772||14.89%|
|BNP||BALDWIN, William George||744||14.35%|
|Green||PENYCATE, Richard William||292||5.63%|
It can be seen that the UKIP vote has increased from 13.9% in 2010 to 46.5% in 2013. An increase of 32.6%. The BNP result is further evidence that the BNP is finished under its present leader.
The following is from the Yorkshire Post
A SEEMINGLY “safe” Labour seat on Rotherham Council has been taken by Ukip in a by-election, in what is the first time the party has won a seat from Labour.
The Rawmarsh seat had been vacated by South Yorkshire’s new Labour police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright, and his wife Lisa Marie Wright stood as the Labour candidate.
However, Ukip’s Caven Vines beat Mrs Wright by 104 votes, in what he described as a “coup.”
Councillor Vines said: “We fought a hard campaign in a staunch Labour ward and ended up taking the seat by over 100 votes, slashing the previous Labour majority of over 1,000.
“In all honesty we didn’t think we would necessarily win.”
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said his party was now “hitting Labour where it hurts, as we always said we would.”
He added: “For a long time Miliband and his party have enjoyed sitting back and watching Ukip attack Tory strongholds, but they have been far too vain to fully comprehend that Labour voters are naturally moving in our direction too.
“Our policies really talk to men and women in Labour heartlands, who are now seeing the party taking their support for granted due to the sort of majorities they were able to build up in the Blair years.”