Copeland and Stoke: 'We will make it clear that we are replacing Labour in the north', says UKIP chairman

Copeland and Stoke: 'We will make it clear that we are replacing Labour in the north', says UKIP chairman

Paul Oaken believes UKIP will gain more votes in the next election

Friday, February 24, 2017

UKIP's next step is to make it clear to voters that they will replace the Labour party in working class areas of the north, UKIP's chairman says. 

By-elections have been held in both Copeland and Stoke. The Conservative's Trudy Harrison beat Labour's Gillian Troughton in Copeland and in Stoke Gareth Snell from the Labour party won with 7,853 votes, beating UKIP leader Paul Nuttall who only received 5,233 votes. 

Paul Oakden told Paul Ross: “It is absolutely true that the Labour party have had a far worse night than us [because they lost their Copeland seat].

"What we need to do is make it very clear to those Conservative voters that only UKIP are going to be in a position, and this is absolutely true, to take on and replace Labour in some of these working class seats in the North. It’s a long game.

“We did better than the time before and the next time we stand here we’ll do better again, that’s what evolving is all about."

Listen to the full interview above 

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