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Could this be Ukip’s day?

The Telegraph, 29 November 2012
Publié le : 29 novembre 2012
 Harry Wallop 
It is a ramshackle campaign office, with a loo that has yet to be plumbed in and two deckchairs for seating. But this little property is one of the busiest places in Rotherham, with a stream of volunteers coming in and out, and camera crews setting up outside.

The former clothes boutique – “two floors of fashion” is still written on the front window – is home to the UK Independence Party’s campaign in the South Yorkshire town. Today, Rotherham goes to the polls in a parliamentary by-election. That all the talk is about Ukip rather than Labour, which has provided the town’s MP since 1933, is a remarkable turn of events.

The by-election has been called because Denis MacShane, who as a Labour MP at one point enjoyed a 71 per share of the vote, has stepped down in disgrace after he fiddled his expenses. The assumption until a week ago was that however much the town disapproves of his behaviour, it would return another Labour MP. “You could put a red rosette on a donkey and it would get voted in,” says Peter Downey, owner of The Master Barber’s Shop.

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Créé le 29 novembre 2012
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