The meteoric rise in support for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has, notably, taken place despite the UK economy outperforming many developed and most European economies (see Figure 1) and a number of events, including the royal wedding, Olympics and silver jubilee, putting the UK firmly on the map.
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The nationalist UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been the biggest beneficiary of the loss support for the traditional three large parties – the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats. Support for UKIP has doubled in the past two years to around 15-17%, putting it in third place, comfortably ahead of the Liberal Democrats (see Figure 1). At the last elections UKIP was just another acronym vying for attention alongside the British National Party (BNP), Scottish National Party (SNP) and Greens. Today it has two MPs – a number that is likely to rise at the next elections. Read more
Labour still ahead of Conservatives but UKIP is potential kingmaker
UK elections are scheduled for 7 May 2015 (see Figure 1). On present form, the Conservatives don’t have the votes to form a new coalition government (assuming they can find a partner), let alone form a majority government. Analysts tentatively forecast that Labour will win slightly more seats than the Conservatives, with both parties falling short of a 326 parliamentary victory. This would give Labour first right to form a minority or coalition government. Read more
With UK elections in less than six months time, the ruling Conservatives are still trailing Labour in the polls, while UKIP continues to steal the limelight and populist platform. Worryingly for Prime Minister Cameron, the sharp fall in real wages alongside generous benefits, has overshadowed the UK’s relatively strong economic performance. Read more