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Your View: protest votes or a sign of the times?

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The election results are in for the European elections — and East Renfrewshire has gone blue.

More than 8,000 people voted for the Conservatives within the local authority, with Labour their closest contenders, winning 7,623 votes.

SNP were next in line with 6,564 votes, while UKIP defeated both the Scottish Greens and Liberal Democrats with 2,949 votes.

It was a different story in Glasgow, where Labour dominated the results, winning 45,676 votes, defeating SNP (37,820), Greens (15,359), UKIP (12,638) and Conservatives (10,985).

The Lib Dems managed just 3,830.

UKIP’s anti-EU agenda saw David Coburn returned as one of Scotland’s six MEPs.

And while the SNP took the larger share of the vote — retaining two MEPs — UKIP’s arrival denied the party a coveted third seat.

The controversial UKIP party picked up 10.4 per cent n in Scotland.

Mr Coburn said:“This result says people in Scotland are as worried about the same things as everyone else in the rest of the United Kingdom.

“We all have the same problems that need to be resolved and, quite frankly, Mr Salmond seems to think that Scotland is so different from everywhere else — well, it’s not.

“The UKIP revolution has now come to Scotland.”

Glasgow southside MSP Nicola Sturgeon said: “With the rise of UKIP south of the border — where they secured three times the level of support they got in Scotland — it is more important than ever before that Scotland’s distinctive voice is heard in Europe.

“The only threat to Scotland’s place in Europe is the UKIP agenda dictating the terms of Westminster politics.”

The SNP and Labour each won two of Scotland’s six MEP seats, with one each for the Conservatives and UKIP.

This week, we asked southsiders: what do you think of the rise in popularity of UKIP?

Mindel Rose (91), from Eaglesham, told The Extra: “I am horrified, it is scary as things can only get worse.”

Belinda Hochland (56) added: “This shows people want a more honest government. Hopefully the other parties will react.”

For Newton Mearns man Richard Brown (56), “it is a wake-up call to all the other parties.

“It is time to change instead of just towing the line and offering no alternative. I don’t think the impact will hold till the general election.”

Hugh Nelson (74),from Patterton, said: “People criticise Nigel Farage, but he says the things people would like to say. The media uses him as a punching bag.

“Labour and Conservates have done precious little for far too long.”

And Malcolm Brigg (57), from Wakefield — currently visiting family in Newton Mearns — said: “There is a quiet revolution. People are not satisfied with politics. Nigel Farage is never going to be PM buit hopefully it will shock other parties into action.”

 

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