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SOUTH HOLLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019: UKIP candidate Edward McNally points to influence of Tommy Robinson as explanation for defeats in Fleet and Moulton, Weston and Cowbit

It was a disappointing night for UKIP in South Holland where both of their candidates went down to defeat.

Having fielded 11 candidates at the last elections four years ago, UKIP had just standing this year.

Former Spalding East county councillor Richard Fairman came fourth, with 637 votes, in Moulton, Weston and Cowbit ward, behind Anthony Casson, Rodney Grocock and Andrew Woolf.

Richard Fairman (4830580)
Richard Fairman (4830580)

It was a similar story in Fleet where Edward McNally was beaten by 379 votes to 215 against Peter Coupland (Con).

Mr McNally said: "I'm pleased that I got so many votes and I think it was a very good turnout.

"A lot of people in Fleet wanted a different candidate, wanting a bit of change and a different voice.

"That is how I stood, on a platform of trying to stop the horrendous amount of house-building that is around."

Edward McNally, UKIP candidate in Fleet ward. (9574400)
Edward McNally, UKIP candidate in Fleet ward. (9574400)

The presence of former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson did not help UKIP's cause in South Holland, according to Mr McNally.

"It's not something I'm for and if Robinson gets elected to the party, I'm off," Mr McNally said.

"He's toxic to the party and with regards to what he does, that's up to him.

"But don't involve us and (UKIP leader) Gerard Batten probably needs to look at the support because he's already been voted down once.

"It will happen again if he tries to put it to the UKIP members."


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