2014 Elections - polling stations open for local council and European votes

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Polling has opened across Britain as millions of voters cast their ballots in European and local council elections.

The booths opened at 7am throughout the UK for the European Parliament contest to return 73 Euro MPs, while more than 4,000 council seats at 161 English local authorities and those in Northern Ireland are also up for election.

Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will await the impact of the Ukip-effect as voters go to the polls following a campaign dominated by Nigel Farage's Eurosceptics.

Party chiefs and pundits will scan the results closely as they attempt to assess if the UK Independence Party is developing into a long-lasting force that will sway who holds power at Westminster after next year's general election - or if people can be tempted back after making a protest vote this year.

A poll by YouGov for The Sun projected that Ukip would win the European elections with 27% of the vote, with the Lib Dems back in fifth place.

Party insiders are braced for the possibility of the Liberal Democrats losing all of their 11 European seats, according to a leaked document, the Guardian said.

Bookmakers predict the Conservatives could be pushed into third place, with Ladbrokes reporting punters are backing Ukip to pick up the most votes in the Euro poll ahead of Labour.

Mr Farage's party hopes to challenge for first place in the European election after a strong showing in 2009 and in council contests and Westminster by-elections.

This scenario coming to fruition could provide Prime Minister David Cameron with a challenging 12 months in Downing Street as he seeks to appeal to the nation and keep the Eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party content on issues including immigration.

The Government's attempts to slash net migration to the tens of thousands will come under the spotlight as official figures are released at the same time as voters go to the polls.

The election results will also be a clearer indication as to whether Mr Farage's party has successfully negotiated close media scrutiny of its candidates and policies.

A senior Labour source said the party hoped to gain up to 200 councillors, and had been ploughing resources into seats they will be targeting in next year's general election.

A good night would see Labour claim a 25% share in the European elections, giving Ed Miliband's party 22 MEPs instead of the current 13.

But the party admitted that European contests had been "historically difficult" for Labour and other centre-left parties across the EU.

The source also indicated that it would not be surprising if Ukip claimed the top spot and British politics entered a new era.

The source said: "We are now in an era of four-party politics but what we have got to do, and what we hope we are starting to do, is win where it matters in the local elections."

Labour was "ruthlessly" targeting its efforts at battleground seats in next year's Westminster contest, inspired by US president Barack Obama's strategy - masterminded by Labour's new guru David Axelrod - of focusing resources where they would have the most impact.

"We know we are going to have less money than the Tories, so we have got to make better use of the money and people we have got, and to use that in the most sensible way," added the source.

The party hopes the strategy will pay dividends in areas including Redbridge, Croydon and Cambridge.

Labour strategists will also be hoping to see the Tories failing to hold seats in marginal wards in Basildon, Peterborough, Southend and Swindon - the authority where Mr Miliband failed to recognise the name of the party's senior councillor during a campaign radio interview.

T he pro-EU Liberal Democrats are braced fo r a "difficult" night as the results are returned.

The party is set for an electoral mauling in the council contests and could find it suffers a potential wipeout in the European vote after its fourth place in the 2009 poll.

Snap opinion polls also suggested Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg was considered to have lost in two televised debates with Mr Farage as his "party of in" pushed the EU case against Ukip, the "party of out".

A Lib Dem source has suggested the party's hopes rest on getting their vote out in the strongholds where they have Westminster MPs.

The biggest battlefield in England is expected to be London, with all seats in the capital's boroughs up for grabs.

Polling stations are open throughout the day and some councils will count overnight, although many will declare during Friday.

Counting of the European Parliament votes starts on Sunday but no announcements can be made until 10pm under rules barring declarations until polls have closed all over the EU.

Final results in Scotland will not be available until Monday morning, because of opposition to Sunday working in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - Western Isles.

But - at the same time - counting will be getting under way in Northern Ireland.

This will be under the single transferable vote system, possibly involving several rounds.

Mr Miliband said he was feeling "very good" as he cast his votes at Sutton village hall in his Doncaster North constituency.

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9:57am Thu 22 May 14

ladder says...

Done it already! gave the Tory boy and Labour lady standing outside a good old fashioned volley of some "home truths"

Cameron has given away £11billion on foreign aid when the indigenous people of this once great country are suffering, Labour, well forget them, they are now calling for "immigration controls" i know, dont Lol (Dozy Cameron thought "Lol" meant - "lots of love" )seriously i better not confuse cameron with a "ROFL " dozy dave!

Let the people have their say (unlike cameron who promised a deffo vote on europe before he was elected!) ROFL
Done it already! gave the Tory boy and Labour lady standing outside a good old fashioned volley of some "home truths" Cameron has given away £11billion on foreign aid when the indigenous people of this once great country are suffering, Labour, well forget them, they are now calling for "immigration controls" i know, dont Lol (Dozy Cameron thought "Lol" meant - "lots of love" )seriously i better not confuse cameron with a "ROFL " dozy dave! Let the people have their say (unlike cameron who promised a deffo vote on europe before he was elected!) ROFL ladder
  • Score: 31

12:05pm Thu 22 May 14

ms day says...

VOTE UKIP TODAY .RIP LEE RIGBY
VOTE UKIP TODAY .RIP LEE RIGBY ms day
  • Score: 11

12:38pm Thu 22 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Anybody considering voting for PUKIP in the local elections needs to carefully consider the following. Do you really want local planning applications to be the responsibilty of complete amateurs who will be putty in the hands of property developers? Do you really want school meal budgets to be the responsibilty of people who cannot define what is the "Creditor Side" of a cash ledger? Do you really want the maintenance of local parks to be the responsibilty of people who think the same is nothing more than cutting the grass?

If not, vote common sense instead of Ukip.
Anybody considering voting for PUKIP in the local elections needs to carefully consider the following. Do you really want local planning applications to be the responsibilty of complete amateurs who will be putty in the hands of property developers? Do you really want school meal budgets to be the responsibilty of people who cannot define what is the "Creditor Side" of a cash ledger? Do you really want the maintenance of local parks to be the responsibilty of people who think the same is nothing more than cutting the grass? If not, vote common sense instead of Ukip. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -10

1:50pm Thu 22 May 14

PaulErith says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
Anybody considering voting for PUKIP in the local elections needs to carefully consider the following. Do you really want local planning applications to be the responsibilty of complete amateurs who will be putty in the hands of property developers? Do you really want school meal budgets to be the responsibilty of people who cannot define what is the "Creditor Side" of a cash ledger? Do you really want the maintenance of local parks to be the responsibilty of people who think the same is nothing more than cutting the grass?

If not, vote common sense instead of Ukip.
The problem with your argument is that, whilst you are right in terms of them being inexperienced, it's that old catch 22. If we never vote someone new because of their lack of experience, then we are stuck with 3 main parties. I think that after serious failings by the 'main' parties, it's time to give someone else a chance.
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: Anybody considering voting for PUKIP in the local elections needs to carefully consider the following. Do you really want local planning applications to be the responsibilty of complete amateurs who will be putty in the hands of property developers? Do you really want school meal budgets to be the responsibilty of people who cannot define what is the "Creditor Side" of a cash ledger? Do you really want the maintenance of local parks to be the responsibilty of people who think the same is nothing more than cutting the grass? If not, vote common sense instead of Ukip.[/p][/quote]The problem with your argument is that, whilst you are right in terms of them being inexperienced, it's that old catch 22. If we never vote someone new because of their lack of experience, then we are stuck with 3 main parties. I think that after serious failings by the 'main' parties, it's time to give someone else a chance. PaulErith
  • Score: 16

2:43pm Thu 22 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

But what abaht the 'noodles' ?

Looks like 'the noodles' boat has sunk ..AGAIN !

Oh my indigenous sides.
But what abaht the 'noodles' ? Looks like 'the noodles' boat has sunk ..AGAIN ! Oh my indigenous sides. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -6

3:06pm Thu 22 May 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

PaulErith wrote:
goldenbroomboy wrote:
Anybody considering voting for PUKIP in the local elections needs to carefully consider the following. Do you really want local planning applications to be the responsibilty of complete amateurs who will be putty in the hands of property developers? Do you really want school meal budgets to be the responsibilty of people who cannot define what is the "Creditor Side" of a cash ledger? Do you really want the maintenance of local parks to be the responsibilty of people who think the same is nothing more than cutting the grass?

If not, vote common sense instead of Ukip.
The problem with your argument is that, whilst you are right in terms of them being inexperienced, it's that old catch 22. If we never vote someone new because of their lack of experience, then we are stuck with 3 main parties. I think that after serious failings by the 'main' parties, it's time to give someone else a chance.
Personally I thought green was a good option. I think with Europe were damned if we do and damned if we don't.

Of course there is the option for politicians to deliver on what they say....
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: Anybody considering voting for PUKIP in the local elections needs to carefully consider the following. Do you really want local planning applications to be the responsibilty of complete amateurs who will be putty in the hands of property developers? Do you really want school meal budgets to be the responsibilty of people who cannot define what is the "Creditor Side" of a cash ledger? Do you really want the maintenance of local parks to be the responsibilty of people who think the same is nothing more than cutting the grass? If not, vote common sense instead of Ukip.[/p][/quote]The problem with your argument is that, whilst you are right in terms of them being inexperienced, it's that old catch 22. If we never vote someone new because of their lack of experience, then we are stuck with 3 main parties. I think that after serious failings by the 'main' parties, it's time to give someone else a chance.[/p][/quote]Personally I thought green was a good option. I think with Europe were damned if we do and damned if we don't. Of course there is the option for politicians to deliver on what they say.... oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Thu 22 May 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

oBLiVioN 70 wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
goldenbroomboy wrote:
Anybody considering voting for PUKIP in the local elections needs to carefully consider the following. Do you really want local planning applications to be the responsibilty of complete amateurs who will be putty in the hands of property developers? Do you really want school meal budgets to be the responsibilty of people who cannot define what is the "Creditor Side" of a cash ledger? Do you really want the maintenance of local parks to be the responsibilty of people who think the same is nothing more than cutting the grass?

If not, vote common sense instead of Ukip.
The problem with your argument is that, whilst you are right in terms of them being inexperienced, it's that old catch 22. If we never vote someone new because of their lack of experience, then we are stuck with 3 main parties. I think that after serious failings by the 'main' parties, it's time to give someone else a chance.
Personally I thought green was a good option. I think with Europe were damned if we do and damned if we don't.

Of course there is the option for politicians to deliver on what they say....
Our locals in dartford are a year away. Long time to wait for the chance to oust Gareth, here's hoping there's someone worth voting for though
[quote][p][bold]oBLiVioN 70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: Anybody considering voting for PUKIP in the local elections needs to carefully consider the following. Do you really want local planning applications to be the responsibilty of complete amateurs who will be putty in the hands of property developers? Do you really want school meal budgets to be the responsibilty of people who cannot define what is the "Creditor Side" of a cash ledger? Do you really want the maintenance of local parks to be the responsibilty of people who think the same is nothing more than cutting the grass? If not, vote common sense instead of Ukip.[/p][/quote]The problem with your argument is that, whilst you are right in terms of them being inexperienced, it's that old catch 22. If we never vote someone new because of their lack of experience, then we are stuck with 3 main parties. I think that after serious failings by the 'main' parties, it's time to give someone else a chance.[/p][/quote]Personally I thought green was a good option. I think with Europe were damned if we do and damned if we don't. Of course there is the option for politicians to deliver on what they say....[/p][/quote]Our locals in dartford are a year away. Long time to wait for the chance to oust Gareth, here's hoping there's someone worth voting for though oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Thu 22 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

ms day wrote:
VOTE UKIP TODAY .RIP LEE RIGBY
The loathsome two who murdered Lee Rigby were not Europeans.

To try to exploit the same is despicable.
[quote][p][bold]ms day[/bold] wrote: VOTE UKIP TODAY .RIP LEE RIGBY[/p][/quote]The loathsome two who murdered Lee Rigby were not Europeans. To try to exploit the same is despicable. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 0

4:52pm Sat 24 May 14

UKIPBexley says...

Hello.

Thank you for all those who voted for UKIP in the Euros. For those that didn't, thank you also for voting. It's shocking how low turn out is but we understand and we are doing as best we can to get more people voting. If that means more votes against us, so be it.

To those that didn't vote, please contact us and let us know why.

Regards
UKIPBexley Team
UKIPBexley@gmail.com

Www.UKIP-Bexley.co.u
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Hello. Thank you for all those who voted for UKIP in the Euros. For those that didn't, thank you also for voting. It's shocking how low turn out is but we understand and we are doing as best we can to get more people voting. If that means more votes against us, so be it. To those that didn't vote, please contact us and let us know why. Regards UKIPBexley Team UKIPBexley@gmail.com Www.UKIP-Bexley.co.u k UKIPBexley
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