UKIP take control of Thanet District Council

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An historic moment in history unfolded on Saturday 9th as the votes were counted and results revealed of the election that took place two days earlier.

As we went into the election the council comprised

  • the Labour Group 26;
  • Conservative Group 22;
  • Independent Group 3;
  • Thanet Independent Group 2 ;
  • UKIP 2;
  • 1 Non affiliated Councillor.

There are 56 Councillors in total.

Then in May 2015 the  electorate, of almost 94,000, voted for the first every UKIP controlled district council anywhere. 37% of votes cast were for UKIP candidates, 31% for Conservatives and 24% for Labour. 8% of votes were for others including independents and members of the Green party.

In contrast there were far fewer votes and far few candidates to choose from at the previous election in 2011.

 

UKIP success in 2015 Thanet District Council election, local newspaper report
UKIP success in 2015 Thanet District Council election, local newspaper report

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