- UKIP candidate predicts close election
- Dorset to become battleground of election
UKIP candidate Martin Houlden today said that, “Bournemouth West is the most likely seat to return a UKIP MP in Dorset.”
UKIP tend to do well in coastal towns and with a 7% share in the vote in Bournemouth West in 2010, they clearly fancy their chances five years later. “We only got 3% of the national vote. It shows that we do well in Bournemouth”, Mr Houlden said.
Dorset has become more important after Rochester and Strood”.
With the two recent by-election wins in Clacton and Rochester and Strood, UKIP have gained momentum as they head to their first General Election where they stand a genuine chance of gaining governmental power. Mr Houlden, a former Conservative councillor said, “I think Dorset has become more important after Rochester and Strood.” UKIP have certainly put an emphasis on Dorset, with many of their top target seats in the county. The two coastal town wins have sent an ominous message to the main parties.
The Euro-sceptic party have made quite a journey in the last five years and are now seen as a genuine force in UK politics. “There is a widespread view that our party has shaken up UK politics”, Mr Houlden said. “The public are the winners. Incumbent MPs in Dorset will have to raise their games and perform better.”
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