Ukip re­gains mo­men­tum

Sunday Express - - Front Page -

PEO­PLE in Clac­ton yes­ter­day were hugely sup­port­ive of Dou­glas Car­swell fol­low­ing his de­ci­sion to change al­le­giance from the Con­ser­va­tives to Ukip. And there are sus­pi­cions that other MPs could fol­low his lead and join Nigel Farage’s party.

Af­ter their as­ton­ish­ing suc­cess in the Euro­pean elec­tions the worry for Ukip was that they would be un­able to con­tinue their mo­men­tum by win­ning seats in West­min­ster. It is likely that Mr Car­swell will be­come their first elected MP af­ter the by-elec­tion in Clac­ton. And there are sev­eral other con­stituen­cies in which Ukip can­di­dates – in­clud­ing Mr Farage who is stand­ing for South Thanet in Kent – have a strong chance of win­ning in the gen­eral elec­tion.

The fact of the mat­ter is that many vot­ers like Ukip’s mes­sage. They are rightly sick of Brus­sels med­dling in our lives, the dam­age caused by ram­pant immigration and the ca­reerists who dom­i­nate the front benches in West­min­ster. Both Labour and the Con­ser­va­tives will lose sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of vot­ers to Ukip if they fail to take th­ese con­cerns se­ri­ously.

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