by Colin Rallings & Michael Thrasher, Elections Centre, Plymouth University – 7th May 2013

The extent of the Ukip surge in last week’s local elections took everyone by surprise. It deprived the Conservatives of votes and seats; emphasised the degree to which the Liberal Democrats now find it hard to compete across the country; and denied Labour the unambiguous victory that should be the leading opposition party’s due in mid-term…click here to continue to the original article