Latest UKIP News

  • Farage Poll Boost As UKIP Bids To Regain Ground
    Farage Poll Boost As UKIP Bids To Regain Ground Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Nigel Farage has told Sky News that UKIP must rise above negative politics to win at the general election. He spoke at his party's spring conference in Margate, just down the road from the South Thanet constituency where he is standing in May. In what is being described as a rallying call, the UKIP leader focused on strategy and polling, and explained how the party will maximise its vote on 7 May. Despite addressing a sparsely attended event in the US alongside right-wing Tea Party politicians just 24 hours earlier, the UKIP leader will have been buoyed on his return by a poll which indicates he is on course to secure a Westminster seat. More »

  • Farage hits back at health smears
    Farage hits back at health smears Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Nigel Farage has lashed out at "vicious" smears about his health as he rallied Ukip activists for the election battle. More »

  • Ukip youth chief Jack Duffin attacks Tory and Labour 'tokenism' after …
    Ukip youth chief Jack Duffin attacks Tory and Labour 'tokenism' after … Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The head of Ukip's youth wing has come out fighting after the junior party's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender chief quit. Tom Booker stood down as LGBT head of Young Independence after more than three years leading the organisation. Booker, who founded the LGBT group, said he could "no longer defend" or campaign for the party. The move came after racist comments from Ukip Thanet councillor Rozanne Duncan came to light and just days before Ukip's spring conference in Margate. More »

  • The Cult Of Farage: Hero's Welcome In US
    The Cult Of Farage: Hero's Welcome In US Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    UKIP may have had a boost with the release of unexpectedly high immigration figures and a new opinion poll suggests it may win the constituency of South Thanet in the election - but its leader wasn't in the UK to make the most of it. "He's awesome and cool," 20-year-old Alain Robert told Sky News. Political writer Randy Foreman was even more gushing saying the UKIP leader had all the appeal of James Bond. Mr Farage's YouTube videos berating European bureaucrats and taking on the might of Westminster have made him something of a cult figure on the right of American politics. More »

  • Ukip's LGBT chairman steps down
    Ukip's LGBT chairman steps down Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The chair of Ukip's group for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) supporters has quit the party, citing "dissatisfaction at the failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone". More »

  • Anti-EU challenger fights Conservatives on the beaches
    Anti-EU challenger fights Conservatives on the beaches Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn RAMSGATE, England (Reuters) - Thanet, a spur of southern England jutting into the North Sea, has been run by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party for 117 of the last 130 years. This year however, upstart right-wing challenger UKIP thinks it can grab it on May 7. The mainly coastal region is rich in history: troops sailed from its shores to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo and fighter pilots roared out from its chalky cliffs to repel the Nazis during the Second World War. The loss of local jobs, angst about immigrants and dented national pride has resulted in a huge swing towards the UK Independence Party, as UKIP is fully known, threatening the traditional balance of Britain's political power and Cameron's party in particular. More »

  • Immigration to Britain rises in pre-election blow to Cameron
    Immigration to Britain rises in pre-election blow to Cameron Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people moving to Britain surged last year, an embarrassment for Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservatives had pledged to cut net annual migration to the tens of thousands, close to a national election. Official data published on Thursday showed a net 298,000 people moved to Britain in the year to September 2014, a 40 percent rise from the previous 12 months and more than when the Conservative-led coalition government took power in 2010. With polls showing the Conservatives neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour party ahead of the May 7 vote and immigration one of voters' top concerns, the rise is awkward for Cameron. His party is also under pressure from the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which favours strong curbs on immigration. More »

  • Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group
    Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to get a celebrity reception in Washington when he addresses America's most high-profile right-wing conference this week. Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby will be sharing a stage with the British politician after he was invited to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in the US capital. Aides told Sky News his philosophy has much in common with his republican hosts, who also focus on "the battle for smaller government and lower taxes and how an insurgent party can become bigger". More »

  • British support for staying in EU hits highest since 2010 - poll
    British support for staying in EU hits highest since 2010 - poll Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Support for Britain remaining in the European Union has hit its highest in more than four years, according to a poll published on Tuesday, which coincided with a fall in support for the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party. Pollsters YouGov said 45 percent of people surveyed said they would vote to stay in the EU, compared to 35 percent who would opt to leave. The 10-point lead for the "in" camp was also the largest YouGov has recorded since it began asking the question in September 2010, the pollster said. Under pressure from Eurosceptic members of his Conservative Party and the rising popularity of UKIP, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's EU ties before holding a referendum by 2017 if re-elected on May 7. More »

  • Support for UKIP slips before May election
    Support for UKIP slips before May election Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Support for the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has slipped less than three months before a national election, following a slew of negative publicity, denting its hopes of winning more seats in parliament, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. UKIP won European elections in Britain last May, has regularly been getting 15 percent in opinion polls, and has even spoken of holding the balance of power after the election. An Ashcroft poll on Monday put UKIP on just 11 percent, down 5 points in a week, just days before it tries to galvanise supporters at its spring conference in southern England. More »

  • UKIP Makes £3bn Extra NHS Funding Pledge
    UKIP Makes £3bn Extra NHS Funding Pledge Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    UKIP has pledged £3bn of additional funding for the NHS and a clampdown on "health tourism" as it outlined its commitments to the health service ahead of the general election. "Only once they have contributed through taxation for five years, will their requirement for health insurance expire. More »

  • Ukip vows £3bn more for 'free' NHS
    Ukip vows £3bn more for 'free' NHS Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Nigel Farage has insisted that the NHS will be completely free at the point of access for British citizens as he outlined Ukip's plan to invest an extra £3 billion a year in the health service. More »

  • Farage outlines Ukip health policy
    Farage outlines Ukip health policy Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Nigel Farage will tomorrow set out Ukip's plans to invest an additional £3 billion in front-line NHS services in the party's first big policy launch of the general election campaign. More »

  • UKIP leader embarrassed by member's racist comment Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    A local councillor for Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been filmed saying she had a problem with "negroes" and would not sit next to one at a dinner party - a new embarrassment for the right-wing party before a national election in May. Rozanne Duncan was expelled from UKIP after it learned of the remarks, made in a BBC documentary which will air on Sunday night. Duncan was a UKIP councillor in Thanet, southeast England, where party leader Nigel Farage hopes to win a seat in parliament in the election on May 7. More »

  • I'm no racist, says ex-Ukip member
    I'm no racist, says ex-Ukip member Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    A councillor expelled by Ukip after saying she had a problem with "negroes" has insisted she is not racist and did not regret making the comments. More »

  • Talk of a Ukip revolution now looks overblown
    Talk of a Ukip revolution now looks overblown Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Talk of a major Ukip “revolution” at the general election look to have been seriously overblown. New constituency polling released by Lord Ashcroft yesterday reveals that Ukip is running behind in four key target seats currently held by the Conservatives. Most worrying for the party, a poll of Boston and Skegness - where Ukip won their largest majority in last year’s council elections - suggests they have now been pushed back into second place. Ukip are on course to pick up just 35% of the vote in the seat, behind the Tories on 38%. More »

  • Farage backs donor on tax avoidance
    Farage backs donor on tax avoidance Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Ukip leader Nigel Farage has given his backing to a millionaire party donor who said the ordinary man on the street will do "whatever he can" to pay less tax. More »

  • Wheeler: Not all tax avoidance bad
    Wheeler: Not all tax avoidance bad Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    A millionaire Ukip donor said the ordinary man on the street will do "whatever he can" to pay less tax. More »

  • Top Labour Official Quits Party And Backs UKIP
    Top Labour Official Quits Party And Backs UKIP Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    A top Labour official has quit the party to support UKIP, saying she had become "increasingly disillusioned" with Ed Miliband's position on the European Union. Harriet Yeo, a former transport union boss and lifelong Labour member, said the country must be allowed to vote on continued membership of the EU. She also claimed a "majority" of the shadow cabinet wanted Labour to offer a referendum on the issue but had been ordered to keep quiet. Ms Yeo is the most senior member of the party to lend her support to UKIP and her departure will come as a significant blow to Mr Miliband. More »

  • Ukip delight as Yeo quits Labour
    Ukip delight as Yeo quits Labour Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    A former chairwoman of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee has quit the party to support Ukip in the coming general election in protest at Ed Miliband's position on Europe. More »

  • Yeo quits Labour 'to support Ukip'
    Yeo quits Labour 'to support Ukip' Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    A former chair of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee has left the party in order to support Ukip in the coming general election, Nigel Farage has announced. More »

  • Ukip drama 'will boost our appeal'
    Ukip drama 'will boost our appeal' Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    A Ukip MP believes a Channe l 4 docudrama will only boost his party's appeal with voters, as t he communications watchdog received more than 700 complaints. More »