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Anti-EU party wins first seat in UK landslide victory

By Reuters in ClactononSea, England ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-10-11 07:42:53

The UK Independence Party, which opposes the European Union, won by a landslide its first elected seat in Parliament on Friday and was a close second in another vote, setting itself up as a threat to the country's two main parties in a national election next year.

UKIP, which wants a British EU withdrawal and strict curbs on immigration, was projected to do well in both votes. But the unexpectedly wide margin of its victory in the seaside town of Clacton and its strong performance in an election in northern England, which it also almost won, took officials by surprise.

In Clacton, it won 60 percent of the vote after the sitting parliamentarian for Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives defected to UKIP, which didn't put up a candidate for the area when it was last contested in 2010.

Anti-EU party wins first seat in UK landslide victory

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