Voters in Aylesbury Vale helped UKIP enjoy unprecedented success in the European elections.
UKIP was the most popular party among voters in the Vale, gaining 16,870 votes (35.3%) from the district, beating Conservatives on 15,051 (31.5%). Labour came third on 5,547 (11.6%), with the Lib Dems trailing in fourth with just 4,197 (8.7%).
The votes contributed to UKIP’s triumph in the South East ward, Four UKIP candidates including leader Nigel Farage were sent to Brussels, three Tory and one each from Labour, Green and Lib Dem. UKIP won the national vote, the first time a national election has not been won by the Conservatives or Labour in 100 years - and the first time a party with no MPs at Westminster has achieved such a result.
Vale district councillor Phil Yerby, who defected to UKIP from the Conservatives, told The Bucks Herald: “It’s clear that in both European and and local elections UKIP have made strong gains. This is clearly the case in Aylesbury Vale in the EU elections. Yet, whilst we are pleased, I know we have a long way to go.
“Whilst we have built credibility for opposing the political elite both on a national and local level I appreciate some may have “lent” us their vote.
“I also recognise there are some who have reservations about UKIP. Given some on the bias and one sided media reporting you can understand the concern. We have to work even harder locally and nationally to put our fair, sensible and logical policies across.
“In less than a years time there will be local elections in Aylesbury and of course the General Election. In that time we must continue to work incredibly hard to build respect and earn trust from an even greater number of people.”
AYLESBURY VALE RESULT
An Independence from Europe: 716
British National Party: 346
Christian Peoples Alliance: 289
Conservative Party: 15,051
English Democrats: 322
Green Party: 3,935
Harmony Party: 22
Labour Party: 5,547
Liberal Democrats: 4,197
Liberty Great Britain: 43
The Peace Party – Non-violence, Justice, Environment: 216
The Roman Party.AVE: 49
The Socialist Party of Great Britain: 83
UK Independence Party (UKIP): 16,870
The number of ballot papers rejected and not counted at this election was: 132
Turnout: 35.3% (47,744 votes)