UKIP triumphs at European elections as big hitters lose out

UKIP triumphs at European elections as big hitters lose out

UKIP triumphs at European elections as big hitters lose out

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

VETERAN Liberal Democrat Chris Davies and British National Party leader Nick Griffin lost their European Parliament seats in elections for the north west declared today.

Both Labour and UKIP secured three Euro-MPs in the region with the Conservatives keeping two including East Lancashire solicitor Sajjad Karim.

Labour topped Thursday’s poll with 594,063 votes gaining one new MEP, ahead of second-placed UKIP who gained two with 481,932 votes.

The Conservative Party, winners in 2009, was beaten into third place and ended with two seats.

UKIP’s success reflected its national progress and built on a solid showing in the East Lancashire’s local elections where they gained their first two elected councillors in Hyndburn.

UKIP added former Blackburn College student Louise Bours and Steven Woolfe to re-elected deputy leader Paul Nuttall as north west MEPs.

The new regional Labour representatives at the European Parliament are Theresa Griffin, Afzal Khan and Julie Ward who started her career working for the Mid-Pennine Arts Association in Burnley in 1978.

University lecturer and Burnley borough councillor Wajid Khan failed to make it for Labour.

Jacqueline Foster and Sajjad Karim were re-elected for the Conservatives.

The Liberal Democrats had a bad night losing Mr Davies, first elected in 1999, and coming fifth behind the Green Party which also failed to secure a Euro-MP.

Briercliffe Liberal Democrat Gordon Lishman failed in his Euro-election bid as well as failing to be re-elected to Burnley Council.

Ms Bours said: "I am absolutely delighted. The result is a massive vindication of our policies.

"People in East Lancashire can rest assured that I am here for them. The vote shows people want change.”

Mr Karim - born in Blackburn, educated in Pendle where he established a law practice, and now living in Simonstone - said: “I shall make sure that East Lancashire is not forgotten in the European Parliament. We have seen a return to reactionary politics and the main parties must reach out to voters.”

Labour's Ms Griffin said: "I'm proud Labour topped the poll in the north west. “

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2:39pm Mon 26 May 14

noddy57 says...

Anyone who thought this up and coming power party were just a flash in the pan really do need to sit up and take notice. l can see the Tories getting worried and rightly so and l can see them trying to form a pact with Nigel Farage,s party .
Anyone who thought this up and coming power party were just a flash in the pan really do need to sit up and take notice. l can see the Tories getting worried and rightly so and l can see them trying to form a pact with Nigel Farage,s party . noddy57
  • Score: 5

3:02pm Mon 26 May 14

Izanears says...

While this political upheaval will shake up the main parties and by heck they needed it, two things scare me witless. The first is that the next election could leave us with either a LIB/LAB or a CON/LIB coalition. The other and this is much worse, is that Labour will get back into power.
While this political upheaval will shake up the main parties and by heck they needed it, two things scare me witless. The first is that the next election could leave us with either a LIB/LAB or a CON/LIB coalition. The other and this is much worse, is that Labour will get back into power. Izanears
  • Score: -5

4:37pm Mon 26 May 14

phil kernot says...

noddy57 wrote:
Anyone who thought this up and coming power party were just a flash in the pan really do need to sit up and take notice. l can see the Tories getting worried and rightly so and l can see them trying to form a pact with Nigel Farage,s party .
Let's get us out of Europe the boats sinking fast, only the rich want to stay in it
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Anyone who thought this up and coming power party were just a flash in the pan really do need to sit up and take notice. l can see the Tories getting worried and rightly so and l can see them trying to form a pact with Nigel Farage,s party .[/p][/quote]Let's get us out of Europe the boats sinking fast, only the rich want to stay in it phil kernot
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Mon 26 May 14

mavrick says...

The trouble is UKIP can't take us out of the E.U I hope Ed Milliband has taken notice of the peoples wishes.
The trouble is UKIP can't take us out of the E.U I hope Ed Milliband has taken notice of the peoples wishes. mavrick
  • Score: -2

9:10pm Mon 26 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

noddy57 wrote:
Anyone who thought this up and coming power party were just a flash in the pan really do need to sit up and take notice. l can see the Tories getting worried and rightly so and l can see them trying to form a pact with Nigel Farage,s party .
So what are their other non immigration policies then, what do you know about those?
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Anyone who thought this up and coming power party were just a flash in the pan really do need to sit up and take notice. l can see the Tories getting worried and rightly so and l can see them trying to form a pact with Nigel Farage,s party .[/p][/quote]So what are their other non immigration policies then, what do you know about those? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Mon 26 May 14

Copperhead says...

What has disappointed me about the Euro and local council elections is the number of people voting for Labour.
Are so many of the electorate terminally stupid ????
Labour actively encouraged the mass immigration which has destroyed so much of our society. Labour nigh-on bankrupted the UK with their expansion of the public sector and benefits payments to immigrants, layabouts and benefit breeders.
Labours beloved immigrants undercut native British workers in the jobs market, take their houses and the benefits that we Brits pay for with our taxes.
Milliband's Labour, like Blair's and Brown's is NOT the party of the traditional working class. It is a party of middle-class lefties, all university educated, all champagne-socialists
, all safely protected from the real world in their metropolitan/Westmin
ster bubble. None of them have ever had a real job in the real world and know nothing of life outside their political never-never land.
Working class Brits voting Labour is like turkeys voting for Christmas.
What has disappointed me about the Euro and local council elections is the number of people voting for Labour. Are so many of the electorate terminally stupid ???? Labour actively encouraged the mass immigration which has destroyed so much of our society. Labour nigh-on bankrupted the UK with their expansion of the public sector and benefits payments to immigrants, layabouts and benefit breeders. Labours beloved immigrants undercut native British workers in the jobs market, take their houses and the benefits that we Brits pay for with our taxes. Milliband's Labour, like Blair's and Brown's is NOT the party of the traditional working class. It is a party of middle-class lefties, all university educated, all champagne-socialists , all safely protected from the real world in their metropolitan/Westmin ster bubble. None of them have ever had a real job in the real world and know nothing of life outside their political never-never land. Working class Brits voting Labour is like turkeys voting for Christmas. Copperhead
  • Score: 3

10:00pm Mon 26 May 14

Kevin, Colne says...

In recent years we’ve lived through some pretty amazing history.

The year 2007 was the start of the worst economic and financial crisis since The Great Depression. In 2009 the Bank of England reduced Base Rate to 0.5% - the lowest in its 318-year history and there they have stayed for five years, and counting.

In 2009 in the wake of the Expenses Scandal a Speaker of the House of Commons was forced from office for the first time in over 300 years. Then in 2010 we had the first collation government during peacetime in over three-quarters of a century. And now for the first time in more than 100 years a party considered outside the traditional parties has won a national election.

This is remarkable stuff, and no mistake. The quote that the future isn’t what it used to be seems very apposite.
In recent years we’ve lived through some pretty amazing history. The year 2007 was the start of the worst economic and financial crisis since The Great Depression. In 2009 the Bank of England reduced Base Rate to 0.5% - the lowest in its 318-year history and there they have stayed for five years, and counting. In 2009 in the wake of the Expenses Scandal a Speaker of the House of Commons was forced from office for the first time in over 300 years. Then in 2010 we had the first collation government during peacetime in over three-quarters of a century. And now for the first time in more than 100 years a party considered outside the traditional parties has won a national election. This is remarkable stuff, and no mistake. The quote that the future isn’t what it used to be seems very apposite. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 3

12:45am Tue 27 May 14

Darwen Malc says...

£55million per day cost of membership of the EU and for what? We get nowhere near that amount back. We need out of the EU and looking after our own interests NOW. Neither Liebour, Toerags or Liberaces can guarantee us an In-Out referendum so UKIP does it for me. As for other policies, can UKIP be any worse that the status quo, back and forth, policies that we've had for nigh on 70 years? Doubt it. Lets have a breath of fresh air!
£55million per day cost of membership of the EU and for what? We get nowhere near that amount back. We need out of the EU and looking after our own interests NOW. Neither Liebour, Toerags or Liberaces can guarantee us an In-Out referendum so UKIP does it for me. As for other policies, can UKIP be any worse that the status quo, back and forth, policies that we've had for nigh on 70 years? Doubt it. Lets have a breath of fresh air! Darwen Malc
  • Score: -3

8:14am Tue 27 May 14

Jack Herer says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
£55million per day cost of membership of the EU and for what? We get nowhere near that amount back. We need out of the EU and looking after our own interests NOW. Neither Liebour, Toerags or Liberaces can guarantee us an In-Out referendum so UKIP does it for me. As for other policies, can UKIP be any worse that the status quo, back and forth, policies that we've had for nigh on 70 years? Doubt it. Lets have a breath of fresh air!
As another poster has pointed out - what are UKIP's policies regarding anything other than the EU and immigration?

Schools, pensions, energy, transport, the health service, for instance? What about fracking as a single, simple example to highlight the complete dearth of anything of substance from UKIP?

To be considered for Westminster, UKIP needs an across the board idea of what they are going to do.

Most people don't realise that UKIP are to the right of the Tories in many of their policies that they have got round to publishing.

UKIP are the best buddies of the bankers for instance. UKIP want to roll back the clock to a free-for-all bonus fest for the greedy and the corrupt in the City.

But UKIP claim they are something new and fresh? Pull the other one. Take a look at who Nigel Farage is friends with, and who UKIP gets its funding off, before thinking that.

As I've said before - UKIP are simply the BNP in a pin striped suit.

In the multicultural / anti-EU mess we have this country however, they talk sense to many who see the real problems on the ground that the mainstream politicians can't, or won't, see. Beyond that though, you are looking at the worst excesses of the old Tories with UKIP..

"Tally ho Nigel, let's bring back big bonuses and fox hunting; the oiks won't care as long as we stop those dastardly Romanians."
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: £55million per day cost of membership of the EU and for what? We get nowhere near that amount back. We need out of the EU and looking after our own interests NOW. Neither Liebour, Toerags or Liberaces can guarantee us an In-Out referendum so UKIP does it for me. As for other policies, can UKIP be any worse that the status quo, back and forth, policies that we've had for nigh on 70 years? Doubt it. Lets have a breath of fresh air![/p][/quote]As another poster has pointed out - what are UKIP's policies regarding anything other than the EU and immigration? Schools, pensions, energy, transport, the health service, for instance? What about fracking as a single, simple example to highlight the complete dearth of anything of substance from UKIP? To be considered for Westminster, UKIP needs an across the board idea of what they are going to do. Most people don't realise that UKIP are to the right of the Tories in many of their policies that they have got round to publishing. UKIP are the best buddies of the bankers for instance. UKIP want to roll back the clock to a free-for-all bonus fest for the greedy and the corrupt in the City. But UKIP claim they are something new and fresh? Pull the other one. Take a look at who Nigel Farage is friends with, and who UKIP gets its funding off, before thinking that. As I've said before - UKIP are simply the BNP in a pin striped suit. In the multicultural / anti-EU mess we have this country however, they talk sense to many who see the real problems on the ground that the mainstream politicians can't, or won't, see. Beyond that though, you are looking at the worst excesses of the old Tories with UKIP.. "Tally ho Nigel, let's bring back big bonuses and fox hunting; the oiks won't care as long as we stop those dastardly Romanians." Jack Herer
  • Score: 3

8:18am Tue 27 May 14

Jack Herer says...

Copperhead wrote:
What has disappointed me about the Euro and local council elections is the number of people voting for Labour.
Are so many of the electorate terminally stupid ????
Labour actively encouraged the mass immigration which has destroyed so much of our society. Labour nigh-on bankrupted the UK with their expansion of the public sector and benefits payments to immigrants, layabouts and benefit breeders.
Labours beloved immigrants undercut native British workers in the jobs market, take their houses and the benefits that we Brits pay for with our taxes.
Milliband's Labour, like Blair's and Brown's is NOT the party of the traditional working class. It is a party of middle-class lefties, all university educated, all champagne-socialists

, all safely protected from the real world in their metropolitan/Westmin

ster bubble. None of them have ever had a real job in the real world and know nothing of life outside their political never-never land.
Working class Brits voting Labour is like turkeys voting for Christmas.
Ha, ha - very, very true Copperhead.

The champagne socialism of Labour shafts the hard-working taxpayer, and Britain as a whole, far more than anyone else in the long run.

Wait until our grand children are still paying for the last Labour government's debt-ridden overspend, then I'm hoping the penny will have finally dropped.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: What has disappointed me about the Euro and local council elections is the number of people voting for Labour. Are so many of the electorate terminally stupid ???? Labour actively encouraged the mass immigration which has destroyed so much of our society. Labour nigh-on bankrupted the UK with their expansion of the public sector and benefits payments to immigrants, layabouts and benefit breeders. Labours beloved immigrants undercut native British workers in the jobs market, take their houses and the benefits that we Brits pay for with our taxes. Milliband's Labour, like Blair's and Brown's is NOT the party of the traditional working class. It is a party of middle-class lefties, all university educated, all champagne-socialists , all safely protected from the real world in their metropolitan/Westmin ster bubble. None of them have ever had a real job in the real world and know nothing of life outside their political never-never land. Working class Brits voting Labour is like turkeys voting for Christmas.[/p][/quote]Ha, ha - very, very true Copperhead. The champagne socialism of Labour shafts the hard-working taxpayer, and Britain as a whole, far more than anyone else in the long run. Wait until our grand children are still paying for the last Labour government's debt-ridden overspend, then I'm hoping the penny will have finally dropped. Jack Herer
  • Score: -2

12:43pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Sue Lee says...

Wasn't Ms Bours known as Louise van der Bours as recently as last year. Dutch extraction. What is Ukip stand on immigration?
Wasn't Ms Bours known as Louise van der Bours as recently as last year. Dutch extraction. What is Ukip stand on immigration? Sue Lee
  • Score: 0

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