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UKIP: Tory vote collapsed despite clear win
UKIP have claimed a by-election result shows support for the Conservatives has fallen significantly, despite the Tories strolling to victory.
The Conservative candidate stormed to victory in the Hambleden Valley by-election after scooping more than 70 per cent of the votes.
But opponents UKIP claimed the Tory vote had collapsed despite the margin of victory.
Roger Metcalfe polled 379 of the 539 votes cast as the Conservatives held on to the Wycombe District Council ward.
UKIP's Brian Mapletoft polled 97 votes and Labour's Julian Grigg received 63. Mr Metcalfe took 70.3 per cent of all the votes cast.
Mr Metcalfe has been unavailable to comment on his victory this week.
UKIP spokesman Clare Morris said:"We have just seen, even in the Tory heartlands of Hambleden Valley, the collapse of the Conservative vote by almost ten per cent as voters realise that if you keep doing the same thing and voting the same way you get the same results."
She cited stats showing the Tories had got 379 votes compared to 820 in May 2011 and nearly ten per cent less of the overall share to suggest Hambleden Valley residents have lost faith with Conservative policies.
She said: ""We were very pleased with the result since the Wycombe District Branch was only inaugurated in February 2013.
"The branch has been very successful and has achieved a number of close 2nd place results. This is not surprising as UKIP, nationally, is the fastest growing political party with a membership of over 30,000 members.
"From never putting forward a candidate in Hambleden Valley to achieving 18 per cent of the votes is encouraging."
Labour spokesman Linda Derrick said: "We are quite pleased and 12 per cent of the vote is a respectable outcome in an area we have not contested for years, which is traditionally rock solid Tory and where the past Tory Councillor sadly died in post.
"Our priorities for Hambleden Valley - poor rural transport, fracking and the fall in living standards for all but the rich - remain the same."
Turnout for the poll was 26.9 per cent and there were three spoilt ballot papers.
The by-election was called following the death of WDC chairman Roger Emmett in June.
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