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#SourGrapes: Loser Nigel Farage is not happy “Ethnic Vote” swung Oldham by-election.


The leader of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, says the Labour Party’s election win on Thursday in the Oldham parliamentary by election has raised “serious questions” about elections in areas with large ethnic minority communities.

Mr Farage, whose party failed to make widely-predicted gains in the election in Oldham West and Royton, said he would file a formal complaint over alleged “abuses in the poll in Oldham West and Royton.

Mr Farage also said he was not questioning Labour’s victory but said the result raised questions about the conduct of elections in areas with large ethnic minority communities and claimed that in constituencies with large numbers of minority voters who do not speak English “effectively the electoral process is now dead”.

Mr Farage told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There are some really quite big ethnic changes now in the way people are voting.  They can’t speak English, they have never heard of UKIP or the Conservative Party, they haven’t even heard of Jeremy Corbyn.

“I’m commenting on the state of modern Britain, post mass immigration.  It means effectively that in some of these seats where people don’t speak English and they sign up to postal votes, effectively the electoral process is now dead.”

Mr Farage also claimed that there were “odd things” happening during the count, such as a 15% increase in the number of postal votes and one box containing 99% of votes for Labour.

“That doesn’t seem to be consistent with modern, liberal democracy,” Mr Farage said.

He pointed to previous, proven incidents of malpractice in Birmingham and Tower Hamlets – areas with large ethnic minority populations – to argue his point.

He cited an article in the Guardian newspaper in which a reporter knocked on doors in a street where “virtually no one spoke English” or knew who Jeremy Corbyn was, but insisted they would vote Labour.

He argued ethnic voters were choosing Labour due to familiarity in the local area.

“Because they have control of the local council, they have control of council housing, they have control of social services and they have deep and very strong links with the Mosques and other churches,” Mr Farage said.

The Labour party has branded Mr Farage’s reaction to the election as “sour grapes”.

Over the past decade, all of Britain’s major political parties have actively courted the influential ethnic minority vote.  According to official statistics – and contrary to Mr Farage’s claims – a record one million votes from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities helped David Cameron back into Downing Street in May and with a resounding majorty to boot.



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