UKIP finish second in Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election


Blackleaf
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UKIP once again showing they are becoming the Tory Party of the North of England by doing well in yet another Northern English election, leading to their leader Nigel Farage saying that the Conservatives were a "dying brand" in northern cities and UKIP was now the "main opposition" to Labour in places such as Manchester.

UKIP's John Bickley received 4,301 votes, coming second to Labour's Michael Kane, who received 13,261 votes, in Wythenshawe and Sale East in Manchester.



Rev Daniel Critchlow, for the Tories, came third on 3,479 votes, and Lib Dem Mary Di Mauro, came fourth on 1,176.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was "delighted" by the result while David Cameron said he would listen to voters.

The by-election was triggered by the death in January of Labour's Paul Goggins, who had represented constituents since 1997.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the Conservatives were a "dying brand" in northern cities and UKIP was now the "main opposition" to Labour in places such as Manchester.

"When you start from a base of nothing and your level of public recognition is very low, then to do what we have done in a very short space of time, I am delighted," he said.

However, he criticised the by-election rules, suggesting the issuing of postal ballots three days after the poll was called had allowed Labour to tie down votes.

"The point about democracy is you should see who the candidates are, see what their agendas are and then form an opinion," he said. "That is not happening and it is reducing, frankly, these by-elections to farces."


Winner Michael Kane paid tribute to predecessor Paul Goggins in his speech

The winner, Labour's Michael Kane, said: "The people of Wythenshawe and Sale East have sent a very clear message they want a government to stand up for us all - a one-nation Labour government.

"It is a result that demonstrates the people know the NHS is not safe in David Cameron's hands and we have had enough of this utterly out-of-touch government."

The Labour leader tweeted that Mr Kane would make an "excellent" MP while Mr Cameron said the Conservatives would seek to win people back at the general election next year.

"Obviously the Wythenshawe by-election was in a very safe Labour seat and there was never much doubt about the result," the Conservative leader told ITV's Daybreak.

"Obviously, one would prefer to come second rather than third, but I don't think this is a particularly surprising result in Labour holding this seat."

The Liberal Democrats lost their deposit, as their share of the vote tumbled by 17% to below the crucial 5% level.

Turnout was 28.2% compared with 54.3% in 2010. It is normal for lower turnout levels at by-elections.

The victory is Labour's thirteenth in by-elections since the 2010 general election election. Of these, only one was a gain from another party, in Corby in 2012.

The full results were:

Mike Kane (Labour): 13,261
John Bickley (UKIP): 4,301
Reverend Daniel Critchlow (Conservatives): 3,479
Mary Di Mauro (Lib Dem): 1,176
Nigel Woodcock (Green Party): 748
Eddy O'Sullivan (BNP): 708
Captain Chaplington-Smythe (Monster Raving Loony): 288
Turnout: 28%

BBC News - Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election: Labour wins
Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 14th, 2014 at 08:19 AM..
 
El Barto
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