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Poll results show Ukip support in the rise in Colchester
2:20pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
UKIP will win almost 40 per cent of the votes at the next Colchester Council election, according a Gazette reader poll.
A poll, showing the preferences of 334 readers on the Gazette website, shows 37 per cent of voters, or 200 votes, will opt for Ukip, which has no seats on the council at the moment.
The next election will take place in May 2014, at the same time as the country goes to the polls for the European Parliament.
The party’s nearest challenger is the Conservative Party, with 130 votes or 24 per cent backing the Tories.
According to the poll, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the borough’s two leading parties, will see a drop in support.
Labour recorded 15 per cent of the votes, according to its 81 votes, while the Liberal Democrats recorded 99 votes, or 18 per cent.
Independents across the borough can hope to secure 6 per cent of the vote, according to 33 votes.
It comes as the national picture shows Ukip hoping to make significant gains in the lead up to the 2015 General Election.
According to Nigel Farage, the eurosceptic party's leader, he believes Ukip is on course to "cause an earthquake" by winning next year's European elections.
Last May, the party won 23 per cent of the vote in local elections and now holds 227 seats in England.
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