UKIP’s vote surges in a by-election battle amid fury at the Brexit deadlock

UKIP saw their vote surge in a by-election battle amid fury at the Brexit deadlock.

Neil Hamilton – the ex-Tory MP turned Ukip’s Wales leader – came third in the Newport West by-election after his vote share shot up from just over 2 per cent to 8.6 per cent.

UKIP's vote surged in the Newport West by-election yesterday amid fury at the Brexit deadlock, seeing to Neil Hamilton's voter share rising to 8.6 per cent
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UKIP’s vote surged in the Newport West by-election yesterday amid fury at the Brexit deadlock, seeing to Neil Hamilton’s voter share rising to 8.6 per cent[/caption]

Ruth Jones held on to the seat for Labour after the death of Paul Flynn, but both Labour and the second-placed Tories saw their vote share drop sharply, to 39.6 per cent and 31.3 per cent respectively.

The Welsh constituency is a Labour stronghold and backed Leave in the Brexit referendum.

But voter turnout plummeted from 67.5 per cent to a paltry 37 per cent maid anger at the failure of MPs to get on and deliver Brexit.

Labour's candidate Ruth Jones managed to hold the seat, but Labour's vote, and that of the Tories, plunged
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Labour’s candidate Ruth Jones managed to hold the seat, but Labour’s vote, and that of the Tories, plunged[/caption]



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