UKIP likely to win parliamentary seat after defection

September 01, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

LONDON: Britain’s anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) will win its first directly elected parliamentary seat after the defection of a lawmaker from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party last week, an opinion poll showed yesterday.

Last week Douglas Carswell switched allegiance to UKIP, saying he no longer believed Cameron wanted major reforms to Britain’s ties with the European Union. Carswell, 43, triggered a fresh election in his southern England constituency by resigning on Thursday, saying he wanted to be re-elected under the UKIP banner to validate his switch.

A poll of 700 residents in the constituency forecast a landslide victory for UKIP and Carswell over the Conservatives.  The poll by Survation, published in the Mail on Sunday, put UKIP on 64 percent, 44 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives.