UKIP enjoyed one of its strongest local election victories in the former Conservative held ward of Wainfleet and Burgh.
The party’s East Midlands representative Chris Pain took more than half the votes during yesterday’s local election, depriving last year’s Lincolnshire County Council chairman Neil Cooper of his seat.
Coun Pain believes his victory and those of his party colleagues has demonstrated that UKIP is more than just a protest vote and a serious force to be reckoned with during the general and European elections.
“I’ve been out on the streets for the past four weeks and the reaction from people has been that they are looking for change - to the extent that, had this been a general election, we would now have a UKIP MP,” he said.
“It’s time that people realised we are the party that is representing what people are actually concerned about and which the other parties aren’t event touching on.”
Coun Cooper had been reluctant to guess on the severity of the challenge posed by UKIP leading up to the election and very concerned by just how radical the party’s impact had been
“I’m very disappointed that the electorate has gone along with national trends rather than focusing on local issues,” he said.
“As a result we now have a group of new councillors who know nothing of how to run the county council.”
1: Chris Pain, UKIP, (1265)
2: Neil Cooper, Conservative, (819)
3: Terry Chipchase, Labour, (306)