DMU students react to UKIP leader’s loss

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Adam Hendrix said he was ‘afraid’ that UKIP could do well in Stoke

By Declan Lloyd

DMU students have reacted positively to UKIP’s loss in the recent Stoke-on-Trent by-election on February 23.

Labour held the seat with Gareth Snell beating UKIP leader Paul Nuttall by 2,600 votes, despite Nuttall at times being the favourite to win.

The by-election was called after the resignation of former Labour MP Tristram Hunt.

The prospect of UKIP winning their first seat since the defections of Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell to UKIP from the Conservative Party led to nationwide attention on Stoke.

Days before the by-election took place #AskPaulNuttall was trending on twitter due to Nuttall’s false claims that he had lost a ‘close personal friend’ in the Hillsborough disaster.

Adam Hendrix, a Software Engineering student at DMU, said: “I am so relieved that UKIP didn’t win in Stoke.

“I have friends who live in Stoke and they told me that UKIP had made the political landscape toxic.

“If they had won in Stoke then I would be very afraid that they could one day also do well in places like Leicester and cause trouble.”

Aleena Hussein, a Psychology student at DMU, said: “I voted to remain in the EU because I don’t want people like Paul Nuttall to represent me.

“His poisonous brand of politics is not welcome here in Leicester and I’m very pleased to hear that it is also not welcome in Stoke.”

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