Tories clung to top spot by fewer than 100 votes in district elections

Tories clung to top spot by fewer than 100 votes in district elections

Tories clung to top spot by fewer than 100 votes in district elections

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FEWER than 100 votes separated the Conservatives and the UK Independence Party as the Tories upheld the highest share of the Wyre Forest vote by a thread.

The Conservatives remained the district’s largest party in terms of seats and share of the vote on 26 per cent with 6,715 but it was just 93 ahead of UKIP, which gained 6,622 votes - also 26 per cent.

Despite losing two seats, Independent Community and Health Concern maintained a healthy share of the vote with 5,343 but was pushed down to third, having gained the most at the last poll.

Labour, which won two seats, slumped to 18 per cent of the vote - the fourth highest share.

Conservative John Campion said his party had held on to the largest share of the vote, which was “great for a party in in national government” - which is traditionally punished in mid-term elections.

Labour’s Nigel Knowles said: “I think the UKIP phenomenon will pass and we will be in a strong position going into next year’s election.”

UKIP parliamentary spokesman Michael Wrench said: “This is a brilliant result and has been a long time coming for the branch. We only formed in 2008 and first stood locally in 2009 with only two people. This year has been solid and people who say we are just a protest vote are wrong.”

Independent Community and Health Concern’s Graham Ballinger admitted his group had lost some of the “anti-main three parties votes” to UKIP but vowed they would be back.

The share of the vote for the 2014 Wyre Forest District Council election was: Con - 26 per cent (6,715 votes), UKIP - 26 per cent (6,622), ICHC - 21 per cent (5,343), Labour - 18 per cent (4,616), Liberal - four per cent (1,083), Independent - three per cent (836), Green Party - one per cent (352), Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts - less than one per cent (76).

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4:27pm Wed 28 May 14

paulinejanet says...

I think ukip are here to say especially as the other 3 parties do not seem to listen to the electorate
I think ukip are here to say especially as the other 3 parties do not seem to listen to the electorate paulinejanet
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Wed 28 May 14

Ole Timer says...

Can't think many people will go back to voting for more of the same - politics have moved on leaving the main parties behind
Can't think many people will go back to voting for more of the same - politics have moved on leaving the main parties behind Ole Timer
  • Score: 0

6:47am Thu 29 May 14

Rita Jelfs says...

There's going to have to be a big ideology shift from the main parties, and a whole of 'pork barrelling' of the community, to keep the UKIP at bay in this current economic climate. Because the people are looking for messiahs.
There's going to have to be a big ideology shift from the main parties, and a whole of 'pork barrelling' of the community, to keep the UKIP at bay in this current economic climate. Because the people are looking for messiahs. Rita Jelfs
  • Score: 1

2:18pm Fri 30 May 14

Shibdrift says...

How many elected 'oiks' believe that the UKIP showing is a blip. What total arrogance on their part(s).
Do they really think that the electorate will flock back to the main parties after a little sortie over to UKIP? I think not.
For far too long the main parties have rolled out empty promise after empty promise, argued amongst themselves, blamed everyone else and not listened to the electorate. (Public consultations - all a joke!)
I believe that the main party ship has now sailed, and the electorate have woken up to the fact that, things will NEVER change as long as these trough feeding, self-centred, money grabbing, sharks are continually
(re)-voted in!
Vive la revolution!
How many elected 'oiks' believe that the UKIP showing is a blip. What total arrogance on their part(s). Do they really think that the electorate will flock back to the main parties after a little sortie over to UKIP? I think not. For far too long the main parties have rolled out empty promise after empty promise, argued amongst themselves, blamed everyone else and not listened to the electorate. (Public consultations - all a joke!) I believe that the main party ship has now sailed, and the electorate have woken up to the fact that, things will NEVER change as long as these trough feeding, self-centred, money grabbing, sharks are continually (re)-voted in! Vive la revolution! Shibdrift
  • Score: -1

4:23pm Fri 30 May 14

Jerome K says...

I'm afraid you're deluded if you think UKIP is going to save Britain. Easy answers for complex problems. Blaming foreigners for people's problems has never worked in any country, the Nazis gave it a good shot but it ultimately led to the downfall of their nation. It makes me laugh working class people praising UKIP, they want to get rid of ALL workers rights so if you love zero hours contracts you'll love UKIP. Make the most of that last paid holiday you had as it could be your last if UKIP get in. Don't get ill - they want to privatise the NHS. UKIP are turbo Tories so if you're incredibly rich it might make some sense, for the rest of us i'd prepare to emigrate.
I'm afraid you're deluded if you think UKIP is going to save Britain. Easy answers for complex problems. Blaming foreigners for people's problems has never worked in any country, the Nazis gave it a good shot but it ultimately led to the downfall of their nation. It makes me laugh working class people praising UKIP, they want to get rid of ALL workers rights so if you love zero hours contracts you'll love UKIP. Make the most of that last paid holiday you had as it could be your last if UKIP get in. Don't get ill - they want to privatise the NHS. UKIP are turbo Tories so if you're incredibly rich it might make some sense, for the rest of us i'd prepare to emigrate. Jerome K
  • Score: 1

11:50pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Wagtail59 says...

We used to have the 'wets and dries' now we have the Tories and UKIP!
We used to have the 'wets and dries' now we have the Tories and UKIP! Wagtail59
  • Score: 3

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