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    Dave_ wrote:
    Now it's time for UKIP to show up at the party. How they perform and align themselves in local govt will determine the direction of the protest vote next time round. It's one thing to make promises / say what you'll do when you aren't really in a position to deliver, BUT an entirely different kettle of fish when you are. They may only have 6 wards in Thurrock, but how they vote or not will have an influence on what happens. Mind you watching the news a new female UKIP Cllr in Basildon said I'm non-political. You really wanted a Paxman or similar there, to ask the question. If people in his party actually think like that Farage has got a problem. IMO you cannot stand for election in a political process and say you're not political. I think she must have got confused with the WI!
    Totally agree - UKIP need to add substance to the style. The other parties nationally will be adjusting to regain those who have defected. The detail from UKIP in terms of policy is still lacking. A lack of detail and further unfortunate tweets or public comments could all work against them. No doubting that they represent a view that some support, not so certain that will translate to Parliamentary seats if the manifesto doesn't stand up to scrutiny."
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ELECTION RESULTS: Labour lose overall control of the council as UKIP tear into big two

Thurrock Gazette: UKIP celebrate Chris Baker's win in Belhus - it turned out to be a good night for the party in Thurrock UKIP celebrate Chris Baker's win in Belhus - it turned out to be a good night for the party in Thurrock

LABOUR lost overall control of Thurrock Council as UKIP tore into the vote share of Thurrock’s two main parties.

UKIP gained FIVE seats - two from Labour and three from the Conservatives - as it took a whopping 39 per cent of the vote across Thurrock, more than double the share of votes it received in 2012 (18 per cent).

Phil Anderson, the leader of Thurrock Conservatives and shadow leader of the council, was knocked from his post in Stanford East and Corringham Town by UKIP candidate Roy Jones.

What were presumed safe Labour seats in Stifford Clays and Belhus - held by popular ward councillors Angie Gaywood and deputy mayor Wendy Curtis - were snatched away by Graham Snell and Chris Baker, as Thurrock’s residents opted for UKIP.

Lynn Carr, who won by a majority of 300 votes against Labour in 2010, had her seat nabbed by Jan Baker who earned a massive 46 per cent of the vote on Thursday.

There were three recounts for the Tilbury St Chads ward, as 11 ballot papers disappeared. But Labour's Steve Liddiard triumphed with a majority of 18.

There was a recount for the Stifford Clays ward, too, where Labour seemed stunned that they had lost to UKIP - just eight months after winning a by-election there.

Across the borough, Labour took 30 per cent of the vote, while the Conservatives took 28 per cent.

The result means Labour now have 23 seats on the council, the Conservatives 18, UKIP six, with two independents.

UKIP’s Roy Jones, whose win in Stanford East and Corringham Town was the shock of the night, said: “People want change. They’ve had enough of the Pinky and Perky politics. We talk the language of the lay man.

“Until a few years ago, we were thought of as fruit cakes. But not now.”

Mr Anderson blamed his defeat to UKIP on the collapse of the Labour vote in his ward. “The collapse of the Labour vote was so huge and all of those votes went to UKIP. My share of the vote was up by 150 on 2012.”

But Labour denied that it had been a “disastrous” night for them.

John Kent, Labour leader and formerly leader of the council, said: “It’s been a really tough election and clearly, UKIP have given a bit of a kicking to both the main parties.

“We need a period of reflection and to move forward in as mature a way as possible to ensure the council can deliver the best for residents in a difficult time.”

For a full list of results, click here.

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