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  • British business leaders plan campaign for EU exit
    British business leaders plan campaign for EU exit Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    A group of British business leaders and entrepreneurs are preparing to launch a campaign for Britain to leave the European Union at a planned membership referendum, a major donor to the UK Independence Party said. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU ahead of a vote by the end of 2017, and is this week due to set out his reform plans in more detail at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels. The group, which the Sunday Telegraph reported would be called "No Thanks - We're Going Global", is backed by UKIP donor Arron Banks and property investor Richard Tice. More »

  • Evans 'sacked' as Ukip spokeswoman
    Evans 'sacked' as Ukip spokeswoman Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Ukip's deputy chairman Suzanne Evans has effectively been sacked as a party spokeswoman after saying leader Nigel Farage was perceived as "very divisive". More »

  • Labour can’t win by aping Ukip
    Labour can’t win by aping Ukip Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    There was a particularly unpleasant example of this during yesterday’s Labour leadership hustings in Dublin. Speaking about the need to win back voters from Ukip, Andy Burnhamtold a story about a man who claimed he felt isolated at work, because none of his colleagues spoke English. The man told Burnham (and we’ll have to take his word for this) that he sits on his own during his lunch breaks because not a single one of his colleagues is able to speak the language. More »

  • UK anti-EU party leader calls for Eurosceptic rivals to come together Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    The leader of Britain's anti-EU party, UKIP, called on Saturday for Eurosceptic politicians from rival parties to put aside "personal animosities" and join the campaign against Britain's continued membership of the bloc. Prime Minister David Cameron is currently attempting to persuade European leaders to back EU reform before holding an in-out referendum on Britain's EU membership. Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), said the "Yes" campaign to stay in had already started, but many Eurosceptics, including senior figures in Cameron's Conservative Party, were waiting to see what reform was achieved before voicing their opposition. More »

  • Ukip banned from gay pride parade
    Ukip banned from gay pride parade Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    Ukip have been banned from joining a gay pride parade designed to unite people in support of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community amid concerns for the safety of those taking part. More »

  • Ex-Ukip candidate admits fraud
    Ex-Ukip candidate admits fraud Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    A former Ukip parliamentary candidate has been ordered to complete community work after admitting an electoral fraud involving his own grandmother's forged signature. More »

  • Ukip MP slams Farage on immigrants
    Ukip MP slams Farage on immigrants Sun, May 31, 2015

    Ukip MP Douglas Carswell has risked the wrath of his party leader by branding the comments made by Nigel Farage about immigrants coming to Britain for free treatment for HIV as "plain wrong". More »

  • Analysis - The European centre-left's quandary
    Analysis - The European centre-left's quandary Sun, May 24, 2015

    By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - A crushing election defeat for Britain's Labour party has laid bare the dilemma facing Europe's centre-left. Now they do -- to Syriza, the National Front, UKIP and Podemos to name but a few. More »

  • Ukip '100% united' on EU referendum
    Ukip '100% united' on EU referendum Wed, May 20, 2015

    Ukip will be going into Britain's EU referendum campaign "100% united", Nigel Farage has insisted following an unsettled post-election period for the party. More »

  • UKIP Bosses Step Down Following Farage Row
    UKIP Bosses Step Down Following Farage Row Tue, May 19, 2015

    UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn has apologised to party leader Nigel Farage for calling him "snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive". The former journalist told colleagues he felt "sincere regret" for giving the hostile newspaper interview after Mr Farage remained in his role despite promising to quit if he failed to win a seat in the House of Commons. Acrimony had broken out in the party ranks following the party executive's decision to reject Mr Farage's resignation. More »

  • Ukip MEP stands down in Farage row
    Ukip MEP stands down in Farage row Tue, May 19, 2015

    Ukip MEP Patrick O'Flynn has stepped down as the party's economic spokesman and apologised to leader Nigel Farage for publicly calling him "snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive". More »

  • Channel 4's Nigel Farage docudrama did not breach broadcasting code
    Channel 4's Nigel Farage docudrama did not breach broadcasting code Mon, May 18, 2015

    The broadcaster was ruled to have done nothing wrong over the Ukip drama. More »

  • Ukip docudrama 'didn't breach code'
    Ukip docudrama 'didn't breach code' Mon, May 18, 2015

    A Channel 4 docudrama which imagined a future in which Ukip won the general election has been cleared by the broadcasting watchdog. More »

  • Ukip 'must focus on centre ground'
    Ukip 'must focus on centre ground' Sun, May 17, 2015

    The "compassionate, centre-ground" position outlined in Ukip's general election manifesto is where the party needs to go, its deputy chairman has said. More »

  • Leader of UKIP party needs to take a break - party's MP
    Leader of UKIP party needs to take a break - party's MP Sat, May 16, 2015

    The leader of Britain's UKIP party, Nigel Farage, should take a break, said the party's only Member of Parliament elected last week, fuelling the party's power struggle that started when Farage overturned his decision to resign. The United Kingdom Independence Party, known as UKIP, came third with 12.6 percent of the vote at the May 7 election. Under Britain's first-past-the-post system in which candidates must win individual seats UKIP won just one through Douglas Carswell in the southeastern coastal town of Clacton. After failing to gain a seat in his southeastern English constituency, Farage fulfilled his pledge to resign as party leader. More »

  • Carswell urges Farage 'take break'
    Carswell urges Farage 'take break' Sat, May 16, 2015

    Ukip's only MP has urged party leader Nigel Farage to "take a break" amid a major row over his future. More »

  • Ex-Ukip MEP guilty of huge fraud
    Ex-Ukip MEP guilty of huge fraud Fri, May 15, 2015

    A former Ukip MEP has been found guilty of fraudulently claiming almost £500,000 in European Parliament expenses. More »

  • Farage Targets UKIP 'Agitator For Change'
    Farage Targets UKIP 'Agitator For Change' Fri, May 15, 2015

    Nigel Farage has said the backing for him within UKIP is "astonishing" - and suggested just one person in the party was "agitating" for a leadership election. But Mr Farage said all but one of UKIP's key figures had offered him their backing. There is one senior figure in UKIP briefing every single day, consistently, and he's now moved on to 'there must be a leadership election'. "That individual must make his mind up whether his future is with UKIP or not. More »

  • Ukip crisis: The purple party faces internal earthquake over split personal …
    Ukip crisis: The purple party faces internal earthquake over split personal … Fri, May 15, 2015

    Ukip once promised to trigger a political earthquake under Westminster, now the Eurosceptic party faces being torn apart by its own internal tremors. The party's embrace of anti-mass immigration policy exemplifies Ukip's split personality. Alexandra Swann, a Tory turned "future face of Ukip", fell out with the party over the issue. Alan Sked, the founder of Ukip, claimed Farage was "obsessed" with immigration. More »

  • Cameron can head off future Ukip-style protest movements by embracing state …
    Cameron can head off future Ukip-style protest movements by embracing state … Fri, May 15, 2015

    Across the world, few people are happy with their government these days. Voter turnout is low, fringe parties are gaining support and protest movements are common. You only have to look at the UK, where turnout in the last election was just 66% (and that was an 18-year high), and parties such as Ukip, the Greens and the SNP have gained huge traction over the last couple of years. The general unpopularity of government might not matter much if voters wanted little from the state. The result is a toxic mixture: dependency on government on the one hand, and disdain for government on the other. More »

  • Ukip in Turmoil: Knives out as major donor urges Nigel Farage to stand down
    Ukip in Turmoil: Knives out as major donor urges Nigel Farage to stand down Fri, May 15, 2015

    Ukip appears to be on the verge of imploding after its campaign chief accused advisers of creating a "personality cult" around outspoken leader Nigel Farage, as a major donor urged him to resign. The turmoil grew after campaign director Patrick O'Flynn branded him "snarling, thin-skinned [and] aggressive" in an interview with The Times. Spread-betting tycoon Stuart Wheeler who has donated £600,000 to Ukip, urged Farage to resign. More »

  • Power struggle rocks UKIP after election
    Power struggle rocks UKIP after election Thu, May 14, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's anti-EU party fell into a post-election power struggle on Thursday after its campaign chief accused advisers of creating a "personality cult" around outspoken leader Nigel Farage, and a big donor called for Farage to resign. UKIP, which wants Britain to leave the EU and for immigration to be sharply curbed, has survived past scandals involving party figures caught making racist or sexist remarks. More »