1st May 1997 - General Election. Nigel Farage runs in Salisbury

Nigel Farage stood as candidate for Salisbury On this day in 1997, Labour won the General Election. Standing in Salisbury for the nascent UKIP party was Nigel Farage. He got 3332 votes.

The Salisbury Conservative vote dipped to a post-war low of 42.9%, partly, I guess, because of Farage and partly because the 1997 election was a Labour landslide. Robert Key still won.

UKIP was still a young party at the time.It had been founded in 1993[1].

Nigel Farage had previously stood as a candidate in 1994 Eastleigh by-election, but Salisbury was his first General Election contest.

At the time, UKIP was led by Alan Sked. Sked left the party soon after the election because he felt ‘they are racist and have been infected by the far-right’[2].

Photo credit

By Dweller (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


[1] UK Independence Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKIP

[2] Nick Cohen: No truth behind Veritas | Politics | The Observer, URL: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/feb/06/otherparties.politicalcolumnists