Sutton votes Lib Dem for council but Ukip in European elections

This Is Local London: UKIP leader Nigel Farage, whose party came first in a national election for the first time UKIP leader Nigel Farage, whose party came first in a national election for the first time

The UK Independence Party got the most votes from Sutton voters in the European elections.

Ukip polled 27 per cent of the vote in Sutton, beating the Conservatives into second place with 25 per cent and the Liberal Democrats into third with 20 per cent.

Sutton's vote in the European election contributed to the overall London vote.

London is represented by eight MEPs who are elected via proportional representation, meaning the eight seats are divided between the parties according to how many votes they got.

Overall Labour won more votes in London meaning it has four London MEPs, the Conservatives have two and UKIP and the Green party have one each.

Sutton bucked the trend in London where UKIP only managed to poll 17 per cent of the overall vote.

UKIP's proportion of the vote in Sutton increased from 17 per cent in 2009. Many voters appear to have rejected the Liberal Democrats, whose share of the vote dropped by six per cent, in favour of UKIP while the Tories share of the vote dropped by two per cent.

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12:23pm Tue 27 May 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Nigel addresses out concerns directly and I can understand his message immediately. No so for Nick Clegg who speaks a nuanced message he sounds like he is on the other side batting for the foreigners swamping the countryand erasing our identity and those who want to overrun it even more.
Nigel addresses out concerns directly and I can understand his message immediately. No so for Nick Clegg who speaks a nuanced message he sounds like he is on the other side batting for the foreigners swamping the countryand erasing our identity and those who want to overrun it even more. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 7

1:29pm Tue 27 May 14

Crease2000 says...

The other problem with Nick is that he wants to stay within the EU without giving anyone an option to vote upon it. His party shouldn't call themselves the Liberal Democrats because neither of those words describe them appropriately. Ctrl+Lib+Del.
The other problem with Nick is that he wants to stay within the EU without giving anyone an option to vote upon it. His party shouldn't call themselves the Liberal Democrats because neither of those words describe them appropriately. Ctrl+Lib+Del. Crease2000
  • Score: 5

1:34pm Tue 27 May 14

LiberalsOut says...

Hopefully that will be the result next year at the General Election
Hopefully that will be the result next year at the General Election LiberalsOut
  • Score: -3

2:00pm Tue 27 May 14

Niki R says...

So locally they back the party that wants us unequivocally IN Europe but then go about face to demand we come OUT. Honestly...
So locally they back the party that wants us unequivocally IN Europe but then go about face to demand we come OUT. Honestly... Niki R
  • Score: 10

3:37pm Tue 27 May 14

dave.artist says...

I heard from one of the elected councilors that the lib dumbs contacted every immigrant household to spread the usual scare stories about the opposition. They will say everything and anything to hang on to power in our borough.
I heard from one of the elected councilors that the lib dumbs contacted every immigrant household to spread the usual scare stories about the opposition. They will say everything and anything to hang on to power in our borough. dave.artist
  • Score: -3

4:59pm Tue 27 May 14

Pizza Burger says...

The Epsom Guardian gave a full round up of the votes.

I want to know the figures for Labour and the Greens as well please!!!

Regarding UKIP topping the polls, it's very sad and almost satirical. I voted Liberal Democrat in local and EU.
The Epsom Guardian gave a full round up of the votes. I want to know the figures for Labour and the Greens as well please!!! Regarding UKIP topping the polls, it's very sad and almost satirical. I voted Liberal Democrat in local and EU. Pizza Burger
  • Score: -7

6:29pm Tue 27 May 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Crease2000 wrote:
The other problem with Nick is that he wants to stay within the EU without giving anyone an option to vote upon it. His party shouldn't call themselves the Liberal Democrats because neither of those words describe them appropriately. Ctrl+Lib+Del.
I agree Nick and his party on Europe stand for de-MOCK-racy.
[quote][p][bold]Crease2000[/bold] wrote: The other problem with Nick is that he wants to stay within the EU without giving anyone an option to vote upon it. His party shouldn't call themselves the Liberal Democrats because neither of those words describe them appropriately. Ctrl+Lib+Del.[/p][/quote]I agree Nick and his party on Europe stand for de-MOCK-racy. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -1

6:29pm Tue 27 May 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Crease2000 wrote:
The other problem with Nick is that he wants to stay within the EU without giving anyone an option to vote upon it. His party shouldn't call themselves the Liberal Democrats because neither of those words describe them appropriately. Ctrl+Lib+Del.
I agree Nick and his party on Europe stand for de-MOCK-racy.
[quote][p][bold]Crease2000[/bold] wrote: The other problem with Nick is that he wants to stay within the EU without giving anyone an option to vote upon it. His party shouldn't call themselves the Liberal Democrats because neither of those words describe them appropriately. Ctrl+Lib+Del.[/p][/quote]I agree Nick and his party on Europe stand for de-MOCK-racy. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -2

8:20am Wed 28 May 14

LiberalsOut says...

Niki R wrote:
So locally they back the party that wants us unequivocally IN Europe but then go about face to demand we come OUT. Honestly...
I agree - I have never understood why you would vote one way locally and another nationally
Surely you have allegiance to one party and their views?
People fought long and hard to get votes for all
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: So locally they back the party that wants us unequivocally IN Europe but then go about face to demand we come OUT. Honestly...[/p][/quote]I agree - I have never understood why you would vote one way locally and another nationally Surely you have allegiance to one party and their views? People fought long and hard to get votes for all LiberalsOut
  • Score: -1

7:57pm Wed 28 May 14

FozzyP says...

Niki R wrote:
So locally they back the party that wants us unequivocally IN Europe but then go about face to demand we come OUT. Honestly...
People are smart and make complex decisions not based on tribal party lines. They see that the Lib Dems have worked hard for years locally but have an issue with Europe. The approach by the Lib Dems in Sutton is, Local people working for Local people in a fair and democratic way. It is a simple formula.
[quote][p][bold]Niki R[/bold] wrote: So locally they back the party that wants us unequivocally IN Europe but then go about face to demand we come OUT. Honestly...[/p][/quote]People are smart and make complex decisions not based on tribal party lines. They see that the Lib Dems have worked hard for years locally but have an issue with Europe. The approach by the Lib Dems in Sutton is, Local people working for Local people in a fair and democratic way. It is a simple formula. FozzyP
  • Score: 1

8:00pm Wed 28 May 14

FozzyP says...

dave.artist wrote:
I heard from one of the elected councilors that the lib dumbs contacted every immigrant household to spread the usual scare stories about the opposition. They will say everything and anything to hang on to power in our borough.
I heard from a duck that they are actually all scared of water and are planning on emptying Carshalton Ponds and turning it into a massive duck house!
Seriously! Did you know they too gullible out the dictionary too?
[quote][p][bold]dave.artist[/bold] wrote: I heard from one of the elected councilors that the lib dumbs contacted every immigrant household to spread the usual scare stories about the opposition. They will say everything and anything to hang on to power in our borough.[/p][/quote]I heard from a duck that they are actually all scared of water and are planning on emptying Carshalton Ponds and turning it into a massive duck house! Seriously! Did you know they too gullible out the dictionary too? FozzyP
  • Score: -2

8:24am Fri 30 May 14

sfocata says...

I'm not sure where this idea comes from that the LibDems are failing because of Europe. For a lot of their potential supporters, the problem is how they lost all their principles in the greedy rush for power. They've become enablers to one of the most damaging governments in recent history.

As for UKIP, do you really think they speak for you? Apart from the referendum, they have no official policies, but from what their candidates have said, this is a party that exists to benefit Farage's type... the rich and privileged. It's exactly the same top-down Neoliberal drivel as the Tories and new Labour. Don't expect to haveuniversal free healthcare under a UKIP government.

Fine if they want a referendum, but how can we trust the outcome? Last time we had a referendum on anything (2011) hardly anyone bothered voting, and a huge number of people didn't understand the question. Ironically, that referendum could have given Farage a much better position in the council election and the next general election.

Also, I'd ask UKIP... what about TTIP? It represents lots they stand for, but requires EU membership. I'm pro-EU, but TTIP scares me. However, being in the EU also means we can work to oppose it (if we left the EU, we'd have to go cap in hand to the US, and therefore come under TTIP whether we liked it or not).
I'm not sure where this idea comes from that the LibDems are failing because of Europe. For a lot of their potential supporters, the problem is how they lost all their principles in the greedy rush for power. They've become enablers to one of the most damaging governments in recent history. As for UKIP, do you really think they speak for you? Apart from the referendum, they have no official policies, but from what their candidates have said, this is a party that exists to benefit Farage's type... the rich and privileged. It's exactly the same top-down Neoliberal drivel as the Tories and new Labour. Don't expect to haveuniversal free healthcare under a UKIP government. Fine if they want a referendum, but how can we trust the outcome? Last time we had a referendum on anything (2011) hardly anyone bothered voting, and a huge number of people didn't understand the question. Ironically, that referendum could have given Farage a much better position in the council election and the next general election. Also, I'd ask UKIP... what about TTIP? It represents lots they stand for, but requires EU membership. I'm pro-EU, but TTIP scares me. However, being in the EU also means we can work to oppose it (if we left the EU, we'd have to go cap in hand to the US, and therefore come under TTIP whether we liked it or not). sfocata
  • Score: -4

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