Ukip heavily defeated in Yarm election – despite visit of Nigel Farage the day before

> UKIP’s much vaunted assault on the North east gets off to a poor start… don’t snigger.

The UK Independence Party was heavily defeated in last night’s Yarm Town Council elections – despite the arrival of party leader Nigel Farage for a meet-and-greet the day before the poll.

 The UKIP leader had promised during Wednesday’s visit that the North-east would return a Ukip MEP in next month’s Euro elections.

And he added that more councillors would be joining Teesside’s only Ukip councillor – Stockton Council’s Mark Chatburn.

Mr Chatburn defected from the Conservative party in September and later quit Yarm Town Council.

He was among ran nine candidates to run for the three seats up for grabs in yesterday’s Yarm Town Council election.

Mr Chatburn finished eighth with 368 votes.

Seven ballot papers were rejected. A total of 2,041 were issued – a turnout of 30.24%.

Results in full

Lorraine Meakin (Yarm Residents Association) – 1,110 Elected

Martin William Kenefec (Yarm Residents Association) – 1,036 Elected

William James Wilkinson (Yarm Residents Association) – 976 Elected

Carole Jones (Yarm Independent Association) – 636

Fred Holmes (Yarm Independent Association) – 623

Paddy Morton (Yarm Independent Association) – 441

Tom Reay (UKIP) – 385

Mark Chatburn (UKIP) – 368

Mandy Boylett (UKIP) – 322

Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette   25 April 2014

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