Historic election breakthrough for UKIP

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Good results for UKIP in the local elections across the country included an historic breakthrough in the North East with the party winning its first seats on Sunderland Council.

The city voted by a huge majority to Leave the EU and showed its support for the party that brought about the Referendum and to the hard work done by grassroots activists.

UKIP won three seats on Sunderland Council.  Elsewhere in the North East UKIP won a seat in Hartlepool.

MEP lead candidate and Regional Chairman Richard Elvin said: “It’s a huge success and a credit to all the hard work done by the  great team of people who’ve pulled the party back together.

“What’s even more amazing is the share of the vote right across Sunderland with second and third places as well.”

The party also chalked up a big victory in Derby, adding two more seats to the three it already has on the City Council.

It means there’s now a father and son team on the Council battling for local people on key issues affecting the area.

East Midlands Regional Chairman Cllr Alan Graves said: “I am pleased to have two new councillors join our ranks on Derby City Council, Alan Graves Jnr and Kirk Kus.

“We targeted these two wards heavily and both achieved 56% of the vote. We are not a party of celebrities, we work hard all through the year and voters have reflected that in their vote.”

Things went from bad to worse for Labour in Derby where they started the night with 22 seats and ended up with just 16.  The Council remains in no overall control, putting UKIP in a powerful position.

Alan Graves, Jnr won the Boulton ward in the city with a thumping majority of 1,179, with 1,922 votes to Labour’s 743.

Meanwhile Kirk Kus took the Alvaston seat from Labour's Paul Bayliss, the former leader of the authority, with a majority of 1,080, polling 2,038 votes to Labour’s 958.