Labour hold but Ukip leapfrog to second place

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 May 2015

Ukip's Peter Harris and Labour's Jon Cruddas look tense

Ukip's Peter Harris and Labour's Jon Cruddas look tense


Labour MPs Margaret Hodge and Jon Cruddas may have retained their constituency seats in Barking and Dagenham and Rainham but Ukip made huge gains, scoring ten times the share it did in 2010.

The party finished well ahead of the Conservatives and the Lib Dems, with Ukip’s Peter Harris, standing in Dagenham and Rainham, in a truly celebratory mood after scoring almost a third of the total votes cast.

“In 2010 we registered about three per cent, this time it was getting on for 30 per cent – a huge surge,” he said.

“It was absolutely clear that the people of Dagenham and Rainham are looking for change and a party that will listen to them and stand up for them.”

And Roger Gravett, Ukip’s Barking candidate, echoed his comments, while vowing to coming back stronger.

He scored 9, 554 votes, finishing way behind Mrs Hodge’s 24,826, but had upped Ukip’s share of the vote from just 2.9 per cent in 2010 to 22.2pc – almost a quarter.

“I think people are looking for a change and voting for similar parties in big numbers,” he said.

“But the [voting] system doesn’t reward Ukip with the amount of votes it got with the amount of seats they should get.”

Mr Gravett admitted that the campaign trail had been a “big learning curve”, adding: “I can’t believe I’ve got to this level.

“Next year we have the Greater London Authority and mayoral elections so I will be involved with that hopefully. Everything Ukip has achieved during this election will help us tremendously.”

Mr Cruddas, Labour’s policy coordinator, won his fourth consecutive term for Dagenham and Rainham with 70,830 votes, scoring a 41.1pc share overall.

And Mrs Hodge, the former chair of the Public Accounts Committee held on to the constituency that she’s represented since 1994 with a 57.7pc share of the vote.

Both Ukip and Labour did far less well nationally, with party leaders Nigel Farage and Ed Miliband quitting as the Conservatives cleaned up.

The Tories gained 331 of the 650 seats up for grabs, giving them a 12-seat majority, an increase of 24 compared to 2010.

A total of 43,176 votes were cast in Barking with a turn out of 58.36 per cent, a drop of 3.44pc compared to 2010.

In Dagenham and Rainham, 43,158 votes were cast with a turnout of 62.43pc – a drop of 1.14pc from 2010.

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