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UKIP odds on to get first seat in Cornwall

By WBMiles  |  Posted: April 30, 2013

Bookmakers say Ukip, led by Nigel Farage, is odds on to get its first seat in Cornwall.

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Bookmakers say the UK Independence Party (Ukip) is odds on to get its first seat on Cornwall Council in this week's elections.

The anti-European party led by Nigel Farage is fielding a record 76 candidates in the elections on Thursday.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “We think it is odds on that Cornwall will have UKIP representation after this week’s election.”

The bookmakers is offering odds of 4/6 on for Ukip getting its first seat on Cornwall Council and 11/10 against.

Cornwall Council is the largest unitary authority in the country with 123 seats. The current council is led by a Conservative and Independent coalition.

Steph McWilliam, chairman of Ukip in Cornwall, said she was "really quite optimistic" about the chances of getting the first UKIP Councillors in Cornwall.

She said: "There are so many factors at play in each division that you have to look at each one separately.

"Overall I am sure our percentage of the vote will be up, that we will affect the outcome of quite a few results and I will be delighted, though not surprised, if we have some UKIP Councillors at County Hall for the next four years."

ThisisCornwall will be providing live updates of the election results as they come in on Friday with reporters at the scene and an interactive map.

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  • davetnt  |  May 01 2013, 12:53PM

    Er, where did my comment go TIC?

  • Big_Ger  |  May 01 2013, 6:25AM

    UKIP has been around for 10 years and look to get their first seat on Cornwall County Council. Mebyon Kernow have been around for 60 years and only got their first seats on it at the last election.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  April 30 2013, 7:35PM

    Also, councilors cannot get us out of Europe.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  April 30 2013, 7:34PM

    UKIP do not appear to have a specific manifesto for Cornwall. The anti Europe thing would cost Cornwall money. They are also pro tax cuts but also pro some public spending (cant be done) with the emphasis on the armed forces but not the health service. They want to scrap the smoking ban which will mean non smokers being at risk from cancer from those who want the 'freedom' to smoke around others.

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  • damargeo  |  April 30 2013, 3:12PM

    I got high hopes for ukip, they will suit perfectly in cornwall, I love the ******** above who compare ukip to bnp, I challenge him to say exactly how? if anyone is its labour, they have recruited an old bnp councillor in burnley now working full time for labour, if ukip find an ex bnp employee on their books they are fired

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  • gordonski  |  April 30 2013, 1:54PM

    "The anti-European party...". I think you'll find that Mr Farage and UKIP don't have any problem with a continent, but what they do have a massive problem with is the UK being legislated and governed by the unelected and undemocratic massive bureaucracy that's based in Brussels along with many of the fed up electorate who've been promised referendums for years and years only to have them dismissed later or kicked into the long grass as soon as either party has got into power. Mr Cameron must think folk have short memories or are stupid because he's trying the same waffle again. And as neither Labour or Liberal Democrats are going any where near the subject, it ain't just the Tories who are going to hemorrhage votes. Nobody in this country has ever had a vote on the EU, and those of us who are old enough to have had any kind of related vote back in 1975 were assured it was only to continue with a 'good for the country' free trade agreement between independent European countries called "The Common Market". It started last March at Eastleigh where Labour flatlined and both the Tories and Liberals had a massive chunks taken out of their share of the vote with a 53% voter turn out. Roll on every by and local government election on the run up to the 2015 general election.

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