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As expected, Labour have held the seat.
As some hoped, UKIP have taken second and pushed the Cons into third.

Good news for the tories is the UKIP lead wasn't as big as was expected. Bad news for them is that Labour's majority increased by over 1,000 so the Tory bravado about UKIP being just as likely to take voters from Labour is clear nonsense.

For all the press and party attention on this I wonder how important it will actually prove to be considering turnout was a pretty shocking 28%.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....e-sale-6708295
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Lib Dems 4.9% LOL
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Lib Dems 4.9% LOL
Lost their deposit. HA.
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(Original post by StretfordEnd)
As expected, Labour have held the seat.
As some hoped, UKIP have taken second and pushed the Cons into third.

Good news for the tories is the UKIP lead wasn't as big as was expected. Bad news for them is that Labour's majority increased by over 1,000 so the Tory bravado about UKIP being just as likely to take voters from Labour is clear nonsense.

For all the press and party attention on this I wonder how important it will actually prove to be considering turnout was a pretty shocking 28%.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....e-sale-6708295
it's also worth noting this continues the pattern of UKIP fairing best in elections with very low turnout, something the media seem to have largely ignored, the EU elections and by elections where UKIP do well also have lowest turnouts of all elections in the UK, suggests they aren't attracting new voters at all, which goes against the image that they and the media are attempting to portray.
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(Original post by SciFiRory)
it's also worth noting this continues the pattern of UKIP fairing best in elections with very low turnout
Actually, the result mirrors Lord Ashcroft's polling (that Labour would absolutely romp home, and UKIP would probably come second). It would appear that despite the turn-out, the result generally reflects the views of the electorate.
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Actually, the result mirrors Lord Ashcroft's polling (that Labour would absolutely romp home, and UKIP would probably come second). It would appear that despite the turn-out, the result generally reflects the views of the electorate.
yeah who cares about turnout right? not like democratically elected people need any kind of legitimate mandate in order to govern, heck why bother with elections at all, let's just give people power based on what Ashcroft & co think shall we?
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Good result for UKIP.
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Lib Dems 4.9% LOL
The turnout may have influenced the results. Lib-dems recieved 22% of the votes last time, when 50% of people voted. They recieved 4.9% this time, but the turnout was at about 25%.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wythens...onstituency%29

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Good result for UKIP.
18% going against 55%? I wouldn't call that a good result. UKIP only gained about 3000 votes (I expect conservative/lib-dem voters didn't bother showing up, which is why their share of votes was smaller).
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