Politicians have hailed UKIP’s by-election result in Sheffield as a ‘great step forward’ – after seeing its share of the vote in the ward quadruple inthree years.
In Thursday’s Sheffield Council Fulwood ward by-election, UKIP candidate John Greenfield won 501 votes, a share of 9.4 per cent – compared to just 2.4 per cent in the ward in 2010.
Mr Greenfield, a charge nurse at the Northern General Hospital, said: “The result is a great step for the party in Sheffield.
“A lot of people are disaffected with the Government and that’s why we picked up many votes.
“It’s a good sign for next year. If we can replicate similiar swings to the one we saw in Fulwood, we have a great chance of getting UKIP councillors elected in the city.”
Liberal Democrat Cliff Woodcraft won the seat.
Party leader Nigel Farage called UKIP’s results across the country on Thursday ‘remarkable’.
Mr Greenfield said: “A lot of people liked our ideas.
“We campaigned on local issues rather than national issues.”
The Fulwood by-election was held following the death of Coun Janice Sidebottom.