PLEASED: Winston McKenzie (pic: Twitter/Grant Melton)
THE FIRST of Croydon’s three results to be announced will remain Labour territory as anticipated.
The seat held by Steve Reed who replaced Malcolm Wicks in a 2012 by-election secured the win with a margin of 21,364 - an improvement on the 2010 performance.
In second was Conservative candidate Vidhi Mohan who expressed disappointment in his own performance but said that the overall picture showed promise in favour of a Conservative government.
In the trend of the night’s results, Farage’s party surpassed expectations as a surge in nationalism coupled with the poor performance of the Liberal Democrats has benefited Ukip.
Though McKenzie failed to secure the seat, the party’s first black candidate proudly exclaimed that there remained a great deal of potential for the party to be successful in future elections.
He said: "The fact that we are polling consistently in third shows that we are a force to be reckoned with.”
In his runner-up speech, the Jamaican-born politician appeared to be more than content with his performance saying: “I won five per cent meaning I get my deposit back and I can go on holiday.”
A heckler in the audience replied: "Go and don’t come back."
Referring to Croydon as a “dump” set a sour tone to the remainder of his speech to which members of the audience began to walk away.
Speaking to The Voice ahead of the declaration, the former lightweight boxer said: “I’m not the only token black [in UKIP anymore], we’ve got some very educated, astute black people in the party who want to see a change in their surrounding, who want to see us represented in high echelons of not just parliament but in business and the commercial world as well.”
The seat had a turnout of 62.3 per cent.
Lee Berks (Independent) 141
Joanna Corbin (Liberal Democrats) 1,919
Glen Hart (TUSC) 261
Shasha Khan (Green) 2,515
Winston McKenzie (UKIP) 2,899
Vidhi Mohan (Conservative) 12,149
Steve Reed (Labour) 33,513
Ben Stevenson (Communist) 125