The leader of UKIP has said the East of England will become a stronghold after a poll showed his party enjoyed more support in the region than it did anywhere else in the country.

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The survey, carried out by Opinium, suggested 21pc of the electorate in the region supported UKIP, the UK Independence Party, before any other group.

It comes after successful by-election results for the party in Corby, where UKIP came third winning 14pc of the vote, and in Rotherham, where the party came second winning 22pc of the vote.

Now the party’s politicians are saying they hope to come first in the region’s elections for the European Parliament due in 2014.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “East Anglia is rapidly becoming UKIP’s strongest part of the country. This is in part down to the hard work of our representatives across the counties.”

The poll attempted to gauge support for political parties across the UK; finding that 38pc of people backed Labour, 29pc backed the Conservatives and 13pc backed UKIP.

Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats came in fourth place with just nine per cent. But an analysis of the regional breakdown showed UKIP’s support to be much higher in the East of England.

Of voters interviewed here 34pc backed the Conservatives, 30pc backed Labour and 21pc backed UKIP. The Liberal Democrats still scored just nine per cent, the party’s national average.

Stuart Agnew, UKIP’s member of the European Parliament for the East of England said: “UKIP polling at 21pc is very encouraging but not altogether surprising as the East of England has been strongly EU-sceptic for some considerable time thanks to the hard work we have been doing.

“We now regularly come second to the Tories in European Parliamentary elections and we hope to over take them in 2014. We are snapping at their heels.

“The voters are getting the message that the only party they can really trust, not just on European matters but on a whole range of other issues as well, is UKIP.”

He added: “We are the natural home for any voter who has had enough of the failings of the Lib-Lab-Con.”

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  • One of the reasons UKIP picks up dissatisfaction votes in GY is probably because the Lib Dems consistently fail to field candidates voters can take seriously. I hope the electoral registration officers are on the ball weeding out illicit registrations before the next general election. With so many EU citizens entitled to vote in district council elections one wonders how many slip through the net and get put on the register for parliamentary elections too. Same with non EU immigrants who do not have UK citizenship-if they care to register and the registration process is slack .

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • I would have thought the reasons for that are fairly obvious. We have a mainly poorly paid workforce who see many of the jobs in the region going to eastern Europeans. It is also a Tory heartland where many people don`t see their party moving quickly enough on reforming or getting out the EU and so have taken the opportunity whenever possible to register their disquiet by voting for UKIP. But this has had the unfortunate effect of allowing Labour`s support to look much better than it is such as the Gt Yarmouth council election results in 2012 when Labour were able to gain overall control by default. However a general election is a rather different thing and I suspect UKIP won`t do as well as they are now. It used to be the Lib Dems who got the " dissatisfied " vote but they have proven to be fairly useless when push comes to shove people have lost confidence in them as a party.

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    BG

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • What is the UKIP's energy policy, what are they advocating to create jobs, why are their MEP's not resigning their lucrative seats in Europe, when all they have ever done since they got elected to the EU is to be negative and undermine the EU. We earn 386 billion from our EU markets, the UKIP has not got a clue what will happen if we are outside the EU, or what they would replace this with, a bunch of party politicians who hope for a coalition with the failing Tories, like attracts like.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • So many council lots. They must be popular.

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    Somethingood

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • After the success of the 2nd preference vote approach to the P&CC elections, I confidently predict the same being used in the 2015 parliamentary ballot, thereby ensuring the disaffected Tories, who now call themselves UKIP, will still be able to return Tory MPs.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Daisy Root – Having lived in GY Borough since 1979 I have witnessed first hand the decline of the Borough on both sides of the river. It has been worse on the Yarmouth side due to the encouragement of economic migrants and people whose sole income is derived from benefits to settled in the town. 1 in 5 teenage girls are single parents. That just goes to show you what life choices there are locally. As you rightly say, those in charge are in total denial. I now longer go into town as there is nothing worth going there for anymore. It has gone from a dumping ground to a dump. The Acle Straight certainly needs dualling; but only in one direction – out of Gt Yarmouth.

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    BG

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • BG- I think the people of GY feel they are slipping into the Third World . I would anticipate a major dissatisfaction vote there in the next council elections. Look at the disparaging comments about the town on umpteen web sites. View the town manager's blog and you will see the problem-the council is in denial. The town has zilch shops or jobs and is like a dumping ground for the border agency. If UKIP fielded a mature and solid candidate for every district council seat I would wager they would give all the other parties a run for their money. Of course a new MP is another matter-the last two have been look a likes, one Labour one Tory,both follow the party whip and line all the time and apart from gurning for press photographers and frolicking around the heels of their backers don't seem to do much else. But UKIP running the Uk may be a vote too far for many.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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