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Our time will come, the Party is moving forward, says UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall

Published February 24th 2017

Following UKIP's tremendous campaign in Stoke-on-Trent Central, Party Leader Paul Nuttall declared in the early hours this morning:
"There's a lot more to come from us."

"Our time will come," he told the assembled media throng,
"We are not going anywhere, I'm not going anywhere.

"We’ve unified the party, we’ll go forward. UKIP’s moving forward and this will happen. This seat was 72 on our target list, there is a lot more to come from us. We are not going anywhere, we move on. There are other issues beyond Brexit. Lots more seats will happen where we will have more success in the future."

Stoke-on-Trent Central has been a safe Labour sear since 1950 but UKIP's challenge posed a real threat.
Winning a strong second with 24.72% Paul saw Labour support dip by more than 2% on the 2015 General Election while UKIP's vote rose by a similar amount.

The full results were:

Gareth Snell (Lab) 7,853 (37.09%, -2.22%)
Paul Nuttall (UKIP) 5,233 (24.72%, +2.07%)
Jack Brereton (C) 5,154 (24.35%, +1.80%)
Zulfiqar Ali (LD) 2,083 (9.84%, +5.67%)
Adam Colclough (Green) 294 (1.39%, -2.22%)
Barbara Fielding (Ind) 137 (0.65%)
The Incredible Flying Brick (Loony) 127 (0.60%)
David Furness (BNP) 124 (0.59%)
Godfrey Davies (CPA) 109 (0.51%)
Mohammed Akram (Ind) 56 (0.26%)

Lab maj 2,620 (12.38%) 2.14% swing Lab to UKIP
Electorate 57,701; Turnout 21,170 (36.69%, -13.24%)

MEANWHILE, in Copeland, Labour were humiliated into second place, losing the seat to the Conservatives. UKIP's Fiona Mills came fourth.

The full results were:

Trudy Harrison (C) 13,748 (44.25%, +8.46%)
Gillian Troughton (Lab) 11,601 (37.34%, -4.92%)
Rebecca Hanson (LD) 2,252 (7.25%, +3.80%)
Fiona Mills (UKIP) 2,025 (6.52%, -9.00%)
Michael Guest (Ind) 811 (2.61%)
Jack Lenox (Green) 515 (1.66%, -1.32%)
Roy Ivinson (Ind) 116 (0.37%)