10 October 2014 - Ukip wins first parliamentary seat
Clacton by-election: Douglas Carswell becomes Ukip's first elected MP after a sensational victory
Andy McSmith (The Independent)
The UK Independence Party scored a sensational victory early this morning when Douglas Carswell became the first MP ever elected under the party’s colours.
He romped home in a by-election in Clacton, in Essex, with 21,113 votes, trouncing his Tory opponent, Giles Watling, who scored 8,709. Labour came third with 3,959, while the Liberal Democrats trailed with a humiliating 483.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Carswell said that if Ukip remained true to its principles, “there is nothing that we cannot achieve, in Essex, East Anglia, in England, and in the whole country beyond – and, yes, next in Rochester.”
In Rochester, the Tories face another potentially disastrous by-election after its MP Mark Reckless became the second Tory to defect to Ukip.
Helen Pidd and Nicholas Watt (The Guardian)
Labour was squeezed in its north west heartland on Friday morning when Ukip came within 617 votes of capturing the safe seat of Heywood and Middleton.
Nigel Farage declared that he was leading the only true national party after it became clear that Ukip had performed beyond expectations in the seat which mainly lies in Greater Manchester.
Liz McInnes won for Labour with 11,633 votes which was well down on the 18,499 votes (40.1%) the late Jim Dobbin won at the 2010 general election. But John Bickley came second on 11,016 votes, a dramatic improvement on the 1,215 (2.6%) won by Ukip when it came fifth in 2010.
Nicholas Watt (The Guardian)
Nigel Farage was accused of stooping to a “new level of ignorance” after he called for people who have tested positive for HIV to be banned from migrating to Britain as a “good start” in controlling the UK’s borders.
Britain’s oldest HIV/Aids charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, said the Ukip leader should feel “truly ashamed” of himself after showing “an outrageous lack of understanding” over such a sensitive issue.
Farage made his remarks in an interview with Newsweek Europe, published as polls closed in the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton byelections. When asked what sort of people should be allowed to migrate to Britain, he said: “People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That’s a good start. And people with a skill.”
Farage’s remarks appeared to hark back to the era of panic over HIV/Aids in the 1980s when the US imposed an almost blanket ban on people with HIV entering the country. This lasted from 1987 until 2009 when it was rescinded by Barack Obama.
Martin Belam, Federica Cocco (The Mirror)
Like many other English seaside resorts, Clacton has experienced considerable decline. Once a popular tourist destination, it is now home to a higher than average retired population.
Within the constituency, wealth and deprivation exist side by side. Jaywick, in the south, was found to be the most deprived town in England, while Clacton-on-Sea itself is the second-most deprived seaside resort in England.
Unsurprisingly, the employment rate in Clacton is well below the national average.
Immigration and the impact of “multiculturalism” have been a big part of the Ukip platform. According to the 2011 census though, Clacton has one of the most White British-born populations in the country.
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