UKIP did not help me to victory, says MP

BOLTON West MP Julie Hilling has denied claims that UKIP voters may have helped her edge her way to victory at the last election.

Ms Hilling took the seat by only 92 votes following six recounts in the 2010 General Election, defeating Conservative candidate Susan Williams by 18,327 votes to 18,235.

Relations between the Conservatives and UKIP have come under strain, with both sides ruling out the prospect of an alliance at the next election in 2015.

And Bolton West has been singled out as one of 21 constituencies across the country where a Labour or Liberal Democrat candidate may have had the balance tipped in their favour by traditional Tory voters backing UKIP, which picked up 1,901 votes in 2010.

Former Trafford Council leader Ms Williams said memories of the night still “feel strange” and says she backs claims UKIP may have cost her a place in the Commons.

She said: “There is a huge amount of truth in that claim when you consider UKIP got almost 2,000 votes and a lot would have been Conservative votes and I would have won.

“That doesn’t, however, mean an alliance with UKIP is the way to go because people will make their own minds up.”

Ms Hilling said: “People who vote for major parties do so for all sorts of reasons.

“But you can’t say that if there wasn’t a UKIP people would have voted for Labour, Lib Dem or Conservative.

“The next election will be fought on the policies of the parties at the time.”

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3:04pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Boltontoday says...

Sorry Ms Hilling but you are wrong. In 2010 UKIP followers would never have voted Labour if they did not have their own candidate. It is therefore patently obvious to any logical thinking person that the 2,000 or so UKIP votes cost the Conservative candidate the seat of Bolton West.
Sorry Ms Hilling but you are wrong. In 2010 UKIP followers would never have voted Labour if they did not have their own candidate. It is therefore patently obvious to any logical thinking person that the 2,000 or so UKIP votes cost the Conservative candidate the seat of Bolton West. Boltontoday
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4:45pm Sat 1 Dec 12

thealexweb says...

Nearly all the UKIP voters would have voted Tory or just not voted, she's in serious denial.
Nearly all the UKIP voters would have voted Tory or just not voted, she's in serious denial. thealexweb
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7:52pm Sat 1 Dec 12

dougie kay says...

thealexweb wrote:
Nearly all the UKIP voters would have voted Tory or just not voted, she's in serious denial.
ain't that the truth for myself it was Ukip or nothing the other two are a waste of space .Talk about the kettle calling the pan black rrrs
[quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: Nearly all the UKIP voters would have voted Tory or just not voted, she's in serious denial.[/p][/quote]ain't that the truth for myself it was Ukip or nothing the other two are a waste of space .Talk about the kettle calling the pan black rrrs dougie kay
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12:03pm Sun 2 Dec 12

angus macoatup says...

labour and conservative are two cheeks of the same backside UKIP or nothing
labour and conservative are two cheeks of the same backside UKIP or nothing angus macoatup
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8:50pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Joesixpack says...

Ms Hilling is a hard working member but she must be realistic. It was UKIP what won it for 'er
Ms Hilling is a hard working member but she must be realistic. It was UKIP what won it for 'er Joesixpack
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