Socialist Worker

Ukip loses South Yorkshire election

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2428

Ukip lost an election for South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) last week.

The hard right party had been predicted to win the position.

Labour-run Rotherham council came under fire after a report into child sexual abuse in the town published in August. 

Labour PCC Shaun Wright was forced to resign in the wake of the report, which highlighted police and council failings.

Ukip used the suffering of abuse victims to try and capitalise on Labour’s crisis. 

Yet Labour won the election, with Ukip coming second. 

In Rotherham Labour got 800 more votes than Ukip.

Turnout was just 14 percent.

But Ukip increased its vote by a fifth. And it now hopes to win a by-election in Rochester and Strood on 20 November.

Every week brings more evidence of Ukip’s racism. Prospective parliamentary candidate David Little posted a cartoon Ukip Map of the World on his Facebook page, with racist, sexist and homophobic labels such as “Bongo Bongo Land” for Africa. 

The Stand up to Ukip campaign plans to hold a national activists meeting in central London on Sunday 30 November.

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