Vox pop: Are you concerned by UKIP’s rise in popularity following the European elections?


Reporter Victoria Bull has been asking people in Hemel Hempstead’s Marlowes what they think of the Eurosceptic party’s recent performance.

Clare North, Northend:

“I voted for UKIP. Their popularity is mainly to do with immigration and the fact people are disheartened with the other parties. I hope UKIP do well in the general election, too.”

Sarah Milligan, Hemel Hempstead:

“I don’t think the turnout was particularly representative. I am less concerned about them in the general election, but it is more significant how many people don’t bother to vote.”

Suzanne Reading, Mayflower Avenue: “I did vote, but not for UKIP. I hope they don’t get any seats in Parliament from the general election, they are too far right. Although whoever is in power it would be all the same to us.”

Jake Lloyd, Hemel Hempstead:

“Maybe politics is turning to the far right because of the recession. The Lib Dems were a let down for many, and people think the main three parties aren’t good enough.”

Glen Davies, town centre:

“This was a protest vote – it was a black eye to the mainstream parties by people who feel they aren’t listened to. But I think we will regress to normal voting patterns in the general election.”