YI hails strong progress for UKIP in General Election
Young Independence has today hailed the strong progress many of its members and candidates have procured across Britain in last Thursday’s General Election. YI’ers have secured impressive vote shares in different parts of the country, from the rural coasts of Cornwall to the Lincolnshire towns of Boston and Skegness. UKIP and YI have made great headway in challenging the two old established parties, neither of which have gained a majority of the people’s backing since 1931.
In Boston and Skegness, YI’s Robin Hunter-Clarke won over one third of the vote, just ten points behind the incumbent Tories. In South East Cornwall, Bradley Monk took a respectable fifteen per cent, beating Labour and the Greens put together! In Gosport (Hampshire), Cllr Chris Wood surged sixteen points to second place, positioning himself as the main challenger to the Tories. In Yorkshire, Nathan Garbutt challenged Yvette Cooper and came second only to her in the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford constituency with over twenty per cent of the vote! These above are only some of the successes YI’ers have secured this General Election.
|Robin Hunter-Clarke||33.8%||Eng||Boston and Skegness|
|Nathan Garbutt||21.3%||Eng||Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford|
|Aleksandar Lukic||18.0%||Eng||Batley and Spen|
|Luke Senior||15.7%||Eng||Leeds Central|
|Bradley Monk||15.2%||Eng||South East Cornwall|
|George Langley-Poole||14.6%||Eng||Staffordshire Moorlands|
|Jack Duffin||14.2%||Eng||Uxbridge and South Ruislip|
|Liam Clark||11.4%||Eng||City of Durham|
|Catherine Maria Anderson||10.8%||Eng||Newbury|
|Matthew Atkins||9.7%||Eng||Lancaster and Fleetwood|
|Phil Eckersley||8.2%||Eng||Manchester, Gorton|
|Ethan Wilkinson||7.7%||Wal||Cardiff North|
|Jamie Ross McKenzie||7.6%||Eng||West Ham|
|Ben Roberts||7.3%||Eng||Kingston and Surbiton|
|Ian Macdonald||6.8%||Eng||Oxford East|
|Joseph Jenkins||6.4%||Eng||Sheffield, Hallam|
|Robert Stephenson||5.2%||Eng||Cities of London and Westminster|
|Jonathan Lavery||4.1%||NI||North Down|
|Jack Neill||2.3%||Scot||Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath|
|Scott Cairns||2.1%||Scot||Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill|
|Oluf Marshall||2.0%||Scot||East Lothian|
The local elections also saw success for YI, in particular the election of our Deputy Chairman Thomas Hoof to St George’s Parish Council in Shropshire alongside Charlie Leys in Broadstairs, Kent.
Outgunned and outfunded, UKIP and YI offered the people a positive vision of a fair, free and independent United Kingdom. As such, four million Britons put a cross next to a UKIP candidate and we’re forever grateful for that.
To those who campaigned, who pounded the streets unceasingly and fought like lions for the values and causes we so pride, raise a glass to our successes, and pledge to yourself that you, too, will fight on.
The electoral system isn’t perfect, and we in UKIP support the campaign to change that, but this year’s general election has been UKIP’s best to date. We in YI are proud we played such an important role in charting the course of our anti-EU movement. Onwards and upwards!