Brexit Candidate Favorite to Win By-Election
The tectonic plates of UK politics have seen a seismic upheaval in the last month.
Just ten days ago the newly-formed Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, accomplished an overwhelming victory in the UK European Union Elections, knocking the ruling Conservative Party into fifth place.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation just one day before the elections. After tomorrow, Friday, June 7th, she will effectively become a caretaker PM while the Conservative Party elects her successor.
Mr. Farage, cited recently by President Trump as “a great friend” yesterday, met with the President at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in London as part of Mr. Trump’s 3-day state visit to the UK.
Tonight, thanks to the unanticipated by-election in the city of Peterborough, the Brexit Party has its early chance to christen their first footing into the UK Parliament in what would be a historic political event.
Why The By Election?
The by-election has been forced by the removal of the former Member of Parliament for Peterborough Fiona Onasanya (Labour Party), who was elected in the 2017 general election.
Onasanya, a lawyer, was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment in January 2019 for perverting the course of justice when she repeatedly lied to police regarding who was behind the wheel of a car when a speeding offence was committed.
This led to her being removed from her role as an MP.
This evening, June 6th, 2019, fifteen candidates are vying to become the next MP for Peterborough, including Brexit Party candidate, a local businessman and philanthropist Mike Green.
In the 2016 European Referendum, Peterborough voted by 60.9% to leave the EU. The UK as a whole voted 52% to 48% to leave.
In the recent EU Elections, Peterborough voted 38.3% in favor of Brexit candidates, resulting in the election of 7 members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) for the Eastern Region.
The overall UK vote for Brexit candidates was 30.7%, with the Liberal Democrats coming second with 19.76%.
Opinium Research yesterday had the Brexit Party leading at 26% with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party candidate at 22%.
Due to UK Electoral laws, it is illegal to speculate about the result or provide exit poll data before voting has closed.
Voting closed just over an hour ago at 2200 BST and exit poll data should start to come through shortly, with the official result being confirmed between 0200 – 0400 BST (2100-2300 EDT).