D-Day in Newark

Posted: June 4, 2014 by tallbloke in Politics, UKIP

Roger Helmer MEP

Canvassing in Newark Canvassing in Newark

June 5th is polling day in Newark.  This is my fifth election since 1999. My second in a fortnight.  And my first Westminster election.  I’m the UKIP candidate.

Opinion polls are still putting the Conservatives in the lead.  I just can’t relate those numbers to our experience.  We’ve done a huge amount of canvassing, and on that basis we’re at least level pegging! Maybe better. In fifteen years I’ve never seen the kind of enthusiasm we’re getting here — on the doorstep, in the street, in the shops and the pubs.  It’s heartwarming.

Yesterday a colleague was walking in from the station (we’ve had hundreds of activists in town).  He was confronted with an Agence France video reporter.  “Can you help me?” said the journo.  “I need to interview someone who’s not voting UKIP, but I can’t find anyone”.  “Sorry” said my colleague, “but I’m afraid I’m…

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  1. tchannon says:

    Candidates at a bye election are usually good for a giggle

    List from paper as referenced below.

    There are 11 candidates in the by-election:
    Robert Jenrick (C);
    Michael Payne (Lab);
    David Watts (Lib Dem);
    David Kirwan (Green);
    Paul Baggaley (Ind);
    David Bishop (Bus Pass Elvis); BBC older item
    Nick The Flying Brick (Monster Raving Loony);
    Andy Hayes (Ind);
    Roger Helmer (Ukip);
    Dick Rodgers (Stop Commercial Banks Owning Britain’s Money);
    Lee Woods (Patriotic Socialist).

    Report by a local paper morning of count “By Press Association, 5 June 2014 1.00am. Updated: 1.31am.”


  2. tchannon says:

    Have a chuckle, web site of Bus Pass Elvis Party aka. Church of the Militant Elvis


  3. tchannon says:

    Nick ‘The Flying Brick’ Loony Party Candidate and gravitational theorist.

    Yep, science guru. “I am standing for the Newark By-election which is being held on the 5th of June. I am a single issue politician,and have had a long-standing campaign for the abolition of gravity.


  4. tallbloke says:

    Tim: Candidate list order is interesting. Green party exempt from alphabetical listing (on surname) but UKIP not. What criteria?

  5. Joe Public says:

    I wish Roger & UKIP the best of luck.

  6. tchannon says:

    Rog, from the newspaper, who mention a newsagency.

    signed Aaron Aardvaark 😉

  7. Stephen Richards says:

    No mention at all on the UK news today. De Nada, Rien, nicht nothing.

  8. tchannon says:

    A lot gets blacked out or spun, been so for years if not always.

    Oddly muted on this one.

    Newark by-election: Voters out in force as election attracts national attention


  9. tchannon says:

    Spectator magazine live blog

    ‘The final poll of this by-election has been released from Survation — putting the Conservatives comfortably in first place with 42 per cent of the vote. This is 12 points down from their 2010 result, but still way ahead of Ukip who are pegged at 27 per cent (up 23 points from 2010). Labour appear to have maintained their vote at 22 per cent while the Lib Dems have dropped to just four per cent.

    That looks sensible but still upsets the status quo. Result is marked at the official government site as expected between 02:00 and 03:00 hrs, recounts permitting.


  10. tallbloke says:

    Results in vote-size order with percentages:
    Tory Majority more than halved; UKIP voteshare up by a multiple of about 6 since General Election.

    Newark by-election: result in full
    Robert Jenrick (Con) 17,431 (45.03%, -8.82%)

    Roger Helmer (UKIP) 10,028 (25.91%, +22.09%)

    Michael Payne (Lab) 6,842 (17.68%, -4.65%)

    Paul Baggaley (Ind) 1,891 (4.89%)

    David Kirwan (Green) 1,057 (2.73%)

    David Watts (LD) 1,004 (2.59%, -17.41%)

    Nick The Flying Brick (Loony) 168 (0.43%)

    Andy Hayes (Ind) 117 (0.30%)

    David Bishop (BP Elvis) 87 (0.22%)

    Dick Rodgers (Stop Banks) 64 (0.17%)

    Lee Woods (Pat Soc) 18 (0.05%)

    Con majority 7,403 (19.13%)

    15.46% swing Con to UKIP

    Electorate 73,486; Turnout 38,707 (52.67%, -18.69%)

  11. tallbloke says:

    The Biased Broadcasting Company chose a very unflattering still of Nigel Farage from its video interview in the counting hall (fab architechture at Kelham Hall) following the result. Who’s that tall bloke showing two fingers in the background? 🙂

  12. tallbloke says:

    Great post result speech from UKIP candidate Roger Helmer

  13. tchannon says:

    I wonder whom doth, hold the banner in place, caught you kipping.