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Ukip loses Thanet majority

Issue No. 2488

UKIP has lost its majority on Thanet District Council in Kent.

Defections, resignations and a by-election on Thursday of last week saw its vote dip by 14 percent, with Labour taking the seat.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage fails to excite the support he was able to turn out a year ago.

A week before the by-election, barely a dozen voters turned out to hear Farage at a rally in the area.

Thanet Stand Up To Ukip organised street stalls and delivered leaflets to doors throughout the ward.

A campaigner said, “People were telling us that they voted Ukip

last time, but never again. The divisive, racist side of their politics have been exposed.”

Ukip still runs the council but it is likely to continue to fall apart.

Jon Flaig

Anti-racists are preparing to oppose a planned march by the Nazi National Front (NF) in Dover this Saturday. The NF and other fascists plan a march against refugees.

Supporters of the anti-fascist mobilisation include Unite Against Fascism, Diane Abbott MP, the NUT union and Medway TUC.

Assemble Saturday 30 January, 11am, Dover Market Place, CT16 1PJ. Called by Kent Anti Racism Network.

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Tue 26 Jan 2016, 16:32 GMT
Issue No. 2488
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