The week in politics: UKIP wins, everybody else loses

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The week in politics: UKIP wins, everybody else loses
21st November 2014

UKIP secure their second MP at Westminster 

Mark Reckless confidently won the by-election in Rochester and Strood.

Despite David Cameron threw everything he had at this by-election, it proved futile. Though it was supposed to be the seat Tories were confident in and it was thought Mark not as popular as Douglas Carswell, UKIP came out victorious, by 7% and with just over 3000 more votes than the Conservatives. 

However, the win wasn’t as decisive as UKIP would have liked and in a poll, most said they would vote Conservative in the general election. 

Farage and his team will have their sights on as many seats as they can get their hands on, but John doesn’t expect them to prove successful - comparing the comments made by UKIP today to those of the Liberal Democrats when they won unusual seats.  

It’s bad news for Mark Reckless, who announced UKIP are the party who represent the working class, who have traditionally supported Labour.  

It was a shattering performance for the Liberal Democrats, who gained a paltry 349 votes, which is their lowest total ever.

Ed Miliband makes it a bad press day for Labour 

On the one day Labour might have expected all negative press to be aimed at the Conservatives, Ed Miliband made it a bad press day after creating a mountain out of the molehill of Emily Thornberry’s misjudged tweet. 

Her tweet, which has been criticised for being in bad taste and “sneering”, showed a house in Strood (though she captioned it Rochester) with England flags draped over the windows and a white van parked at the front.  

Arguably, it looked like she was attacking the working person Labour are considered to represent. 

Miliband is reported to have been furious and demanded her resignation - which has drawn much more attention to the issue than there originally was.

She still remains as MP for Islington South and Finsbury. 


Andy Coulson freed 

We also hear about Andy Coulson, who has been released after serving 5 months in prison. He was sentenced to 18 month for phone hacking. He has so far made no statement on his release. 


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