UK’s anti-EU party makes big gains in local elections

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Britain’s Eurosceptic UKIP party has made its strongest ever gains in local elections, harnessing discontent with immigration and established politicians to grab support from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour party.The surge by the UK Independence Party, which wants Britain to leave the EU, will pile pressure on Cameron to toughen his stance on Europe and alarm some Conservatives who worry UKIP could scupper their hopes of winning the 2015 national election.If the trend indicated by partial results is mirrored in elections to the European Parliament, also held on Thursday in Britain, the votes will mark the biggest electoral triumph to date for UKIP’s leader, Nigel Farage.A former commodities trader who often poses with a pint of beer in his hand and a cigarette in his mouth, Farage styles himself as the antidote to Britain’s established politicians whom he accuses of ignoring voter concerns about everything from immigration and the EU to the price of alcohol and crime.

For full report …..http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/23/us-eu-election-britain-idUSBREA4M0QE20140523

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