UKIP could be set to win Hartlepool at next year’s general election according to shock new figures released by a national newspaper over the weekend.
UKIP came just 617 votes off Labour’s Liz McInnes in last Thursday’s Heywood and Middleton by-election, with the party increasing its share of the vote from just 2.63% in 2010 to 38.69%.
Figures reported in The Sun show that if the same swing was reported in Hartlepool, it would see Labour’s Iain Wright lose his seat, and UKIP pick up their first in the North East of England.
UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott, said “Hartlepool will be a two horse race between UKIP and Labour next May. Lazy Labour have taken their voters for granted in Hartlepool, and people don’t just feel neglected, but completely and utterly betrayed too. We got a fantastic result last week in Heywood and Middleton in what was an incredibly short campaign. If we emulate that next May, we will win here”.
UKIP picked up two councillors last May and came top in the town in the Euro elections.
Arnott added “Many people across Hartlepool like our policies such as ‘no tax on the minimum wage’, having a fair Australian-style points based immigration system, and stopping the political elite from continuing to privatise our NHS. Rather than focus on the tiresome left/right struggle, we’d much rather prioritise what’s right and wrong”.