18 MAR 2011
By Frederick Forsyth | Daily Express
THE results of the Barnsley by-election probably mean little enough for two reasons: the turnout was tiny and it was always a rock-solid Labour fortress, even with a crooked MP.
Non-Labour voters could vote for their grievances rather than their beliefs. Still and all, for UKIP to beat the Tories into third place ought to have set off a couple of warning bells at Tory HQ. But it didn’t because it never does. For all that I’m prepared to bet 90 per cent of the UKIP vote was from defecting Conservatives. But, as they know that even a general election vote is a foregone conclusion, why didn’t Barnsley Tory voters declare their mood last May?
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Further evidence of UKIP's threat to the Conservatives