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Ukip hopefuls: We could get 2 N.Wales MPs in wildcard wins; 'IT'S BETWEEN US AND LABOUR IN FLINTSHIRE'.

Byline: SARAH HODGSON Daily Post Reporter sarah.hodgson@trinitymirror.com

THE deputy leader of Ukip has predicted that two Flintshire seats could be "wild card" victories for the party at the General Elections.

Paul Nuttall made the comments at a Ukip public meeting in Mynydd Isa on Wednesday night which was attended by about 70 people.

He told how last May's European election results, which saw Ukip narrowly nish second behind Labour by just 5,000 votes, were proof that the party's popularity was growing day by day in Wales.

just 5,000 votes, were proof that the party's popularity was growing day by Mr Nuttall said: "We already have two MPs at Westminster and I guarantee it will be a lot more than that | minster and I guarantee it will be a lot more than that | Paul | after the General Election on May 7. With the work that we are putting in here in North Wales we could have a wildcard victory."

e evening featured speeches by parliamentary candidates Blair Smillie and Nigel Williams and Mr Nuttall on a range of topics including immigration, the NHS and policing.

Mr Williams, who is hoping to oust Labour's David Hanson from his Delyn seat, told the audience how his priorities for Flintshire were the reopening of Flint Cottage Hospital and "improving" Nuttall Mr Williams, who is hoping to oust Labour's David Hanson from his Delyn seat, told the audience how his priorities for Flintshire were the reopening of Flint Cottage Hospital and "improving" policing.

Mr Smillie, who is hoping to be the MP for Alyn and Deeside, spoke about bringing back coal mining and the EU, criticising claims that if the UK were to leave the EU that Airbus would leave Broughton. is is something which has been denied by Airbus's chief executive Fabrice Bregier.

Mr Nuttall told the Daily Post: "People in North Wales feel let down by the Labour party, people feel that they do not have a voice, people like a Ukip parliamentary candidate because they look and speak like normal people.

"Political commentators are saying that they expect Ukip to do well on the East coast and in Wales so I do feel like the two seats in Flintshire could be wildcard winners at the General Election.

"I denitely wouldn't rule it out, it is quite clear that we are the only opposition to Labour."

e deputy leader also said that he feels that polling gures and public opinion show that the General Election will be fought out between Labour and Ukip, which was echoed by Mr Smillie.

e parliamentary candidate for Alyn and Deeside said: "It will be a two-horse race. e Conservatives will never win a seat in Alyn and Deeside or Delyn, it is between us and Labour."

While campaigning continues in Flintshire in the run up to the election, at local authority level Labour is seeing a resurgence, with two defectors from other parties joining its ranks on the council in recent weeks.

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