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  • Nigel Farage: UKIP Policies Not Racist
    Nigel Farage: UKIP Policies Not Racist 22 hours ago

    Nigel Farage has rejected claims that UKIP's policies heading into the European elections are racist. The UKIP leader launched his party's election drive in Sheffield on Tuesday afternoon, amid controversy over their campaign posters. But asked whether giving British workers preferential treatment was indeed racist, Mr Farage told Sky News: "I think it's the job of the Government to make sure it puts British people and their interests first, yes. Speaking earlier to launch the campaign, Mr Farage predicted an "earthquake in British politics" when voters take to the polls in the European elections on May 22. More »

  • Cardinal Slams 'Alarmist' Immigration Debate
    Cardinal Slams 'Alarmist' Immigration Debate 22 hours ago

    A senior church leader has called on politicians to stop using "alarmist and evocative" language in the debate on immigration amid controversy about a UKIP poster campaign. UKIP leader Nigel Farage launched his party's European election bid in Sheffield amid criticism over the posters, which were labelled "racist" by Labour MP Mike Gapes.  The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, did not refer to any political party but said it was wrong to use expressions that suggest "dismay or distress at all these people coming to this country". "What I would appeal today is that the debate about immigration is done with a sense of realism and a sense of respect - and that it is not cushioned in expressions which are alarmist and evocative of anger or of dismay or distress at all these people coming to this country," he said. More »

  • Farage rejects 'racist' posters row
    Farage rejects 'racist' posters row Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Nigel Farage has dismissed a welter of criticism over "racist" posters launching Ukip's campaign for the European and local elections. More »

  • MPs Queue to Attack Ukip's 'Racist' Election Posters
    MPs Queue to Attack Ukip's 'Racist' Election Posters Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Nigel Farage has launched Ukip's European election campaign with a hard-hitting poster campaign instantly branded racist by his opponents. The row surrounds posters claiming 26 million people in Europe are after UK workers' jobs and that 75% of British laws are made in Brussels. And it may be that, beneath the skin, Ukip is essentially the racist, little Englander party its opponents firmly believe it to be, although Farage angrily rejects any such label and it has yet to stick. More »

  • That Ukip joke isn’t funny anymore
    That Ukip joke isn’t funny anymore Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    We've all been in a conspiracy to support Ukip. The hard-right like the party because it agrees with them. The right-wing of the Tory party likes it because it pushes their own leaders in their direction. The left likes it … Continue reading → More »

  • Farage Defends 'Racist' UKIP Poster Campaign
    Farage Defends 'Racist' UKIP Poster Campaign Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Nigel Farage has hit back at claims a new UKIP poster campaign centred on immigration is racist. The party is using £1.5m of funding from millionaire former Conservative donor Paul Sykes to launch a "hard-hitting reflection of reality" publicity drive. The drive comes ahead of elections in the European Parliament next month. Critics have compared the posters with those used in the past by the British National Party. More »

  • Farage defends Ukip poster campaign
    Farage defends Ukip poster campaign Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Nigel Farage has defended a new immigration-centred Ukip poster campaign as "a hard-hitting reflection of reality" after it was attacked as "racist" by political opponents. More »

  • Farage calls for zero-hours curbs
    Farage calls for zero-hours curbs Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Large firms should sign up to a "tough code of conduct" to prevent them exploiting workers on zero-hours contracts, Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said. More »

  • Dutch rightist Wilders blames EU for Ukraine crisis; hints at UKIP alliance
    Dutch rightist Wilders blames EU for Ukraine crisis; hints at UKIP alliance Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders blamed the crisis in Ukraine on the European Union on Thursday, accusing it of inciting violence by dangling the "carrot" of EU integration. Weeks ahead of European Parliament elections likely to hand big gains to rightists, Wilders also said British Eurosceptic party UKIP - which has so far shunned his staunchly anti-Muslim Freedom Party - would choose to work with him after the polls. "Europe is responsible for a lot of the mess here," Wilders said of Ukraine. More »

  • Nigel Farage: 'Expenses Claims Are Erroneous'
    Nigel Farage: 'Expenses Claims Are Erroneous' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Nigel Farage has hit back over EU expenses claims saying as an MEP he can spend his taxpayer-funded allowances as he likes. The UKIP leader is facing an investigation over how he uses £15,500 of yearly allowances he receives from the European Union, according to The Times newspaper. The money was used to run his constituency office in Lyminster, West Sussex, according to UKIP records, however, he pays no rent as the property was gifted to him by party supporters. Mr Farage accused the newspaper of "conflating" his EU allowances with the row over expenses claimed by MPs at Westminster, which he said was an entirely different matter. More »

  • Watchdog asks for 'clarification'
    Watchdog asks for 'clarification' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The UK's election watchdog is writing to Ukip asking for "clarification" about the rent-free office at the centre of a row over Nigel Farage's use of Brussels' allowances. More »

  • UKIP chief defends expenses record ahead of vote
    UKIP chief defends expenses record ahead of vote Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) denied wrongdoing on Tuesday after a former party member referred him to the European Union's anti-fraud office less than six weeks before elections to the European Parliament. UKIP, which wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open door" immigration, is forecast to poll strongly in the vote, an achievement it hopes will pave the way for it to win its first seats in the British parliament next year. Styling itself as an antidote to the mainstream politicians it says are self-serving, the party has siphoned off support from all three main parties, and its leader, Nigel Farage, has become a regular on British television screens. But on Tuesday, an unnamed former UKIP official queried whether Farage was using the expense allowances he gets as a member of the European Parliament (MEP) to fund one of his offices in Britain, as he says, or whether he uses it for other purposes. More »

  • Attacks on Teflon Man Nigel Farage Get Serious over EU Expenses Claims
    Attacks on Teflon Man Nigel Farage Get Serious over EU Expenses Claims Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Ukip's Nigel Farage has become the new Teflon man of British politics. Previous claims by a party official that he had sex with a Latvian woman seven times in one night were not only laughed off by Farage as hilariously untrue, but become part of his after-dinner speeches. More »

  • Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Mulls Legal Action Over EU Expenses Fraud Claim
    Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Mulls Legal Action Over EU Expenses Fraud Claim Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Nigel Farage is facing allegations over an expenses fraud probe worth thousands of pounds paid to him by the EU. Questions were raised about what happened to money intended for running a party office called the Old Grain Store in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. The Ukip leader said he was considering taking legal action over the claims made in The Times. Under the terms of the General Expenditure Allowance, Farage received £15,500 a year to cover the costs. More »

  • Farage Hits Back Over EU Expenses Claim
    Farage Hits Back Over EU Expenses Claim Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is facing questions over allowances he received as an MEP from the European Union. Mr Farage has dismissed claims made in The Times newspaper that he is facing an investigation over allowances received for his constituency office as "outrageous, ridiculous and absurd". However, it claims the property was gifted to him by UKIP supporters 15 years ago. A former office manager, David Samuel-Camps is reported by the newspaper as claiming the offices only cost £3,000 a year to run. More »

  • Farage 'not a danger to Britain'
    Farage 'not a danger to Britain' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Almost half of voters do not believe UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage is a "danger to Britain", a poll suggests. More »

  • Europe's Eurosceptics more united than many think - poll
    Europe's Eurosceptics more united than many think - poll Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Far-right Eurosceptics in France, Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium have far more in common than just animosity towards the European Union or opposition to migration, according to a new survey. Rather than being single-issue voters with narrow national interests, the survey suggests far-right Eurosceptics share a common set of values and concerns that could potentially make them a meaningful bloc in the European Parliament. The findings indicate that if anti-EU parties such as France's Front National and Britain's UKIP do well in the European elections in May, as expected, they have a chance of forging a strong alliance with staying power. More »

  • UK's anti-EU party hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote
    UK's anti-EU party hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Voter support for Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) is at a record high according to one opinion poll on Sunday, reflecting a wider pattern of growing support for the party ahead of European elections next month. The rising popularity of UKIP, which calls for an immediate withdrawal from the EU and tighter immigration laws, threatens to split the vote for Prime Minister David Cameron at European parliament elections in May and a national election in 2015. UKIP's profile has been raised by the upcoming European elections on May 22, when polls suggest it could beat Cameron's party into third place. A ComRes poll of voting intentions for next year's national election put UKIP on 20 percent - up four percentage points at their highest in the four-year history of the poll. More »

  • Farage cleans up: Ukip surges to new high folowing Maria Miller row
    Farage cleans up: Ukip surges to new high folowing Maria Miller row Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Ukip apears to be the main beneficiary of the Maria Miller affair, with the party soaring to a new poll high as the Conservatives drop several points. More »

  • UKIP Poll Boost: Tory And Lib Dem Support Falls
    UKIP Poll Boost: Tory And Lib Dem Support Falls Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Nigel Farage's UKIP has been given a boost in a new poll which puts support for the party at 20%, four points higher than last month. It comes after he was said to have come out top in the head-to-head clashes with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg over Britain's future in Europe. It is UKIP's highest rating in a ComRes survey, while the Conservatives have scored their lowest rating so far this year at 29%, down three. The Liberal Democrats have fallen to just 7% - a dip of two points and their lowest since they went into coalition with the Conservatives in 2010. More »

  • Support for eurosceptic UKIP hits 20%, Tories slip: poll
    Support for eurosceptic UKIP hits 20%, Tories slip: poll Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Support for the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) has spiked to 20 percent while Britain's ruling Conservatives have hit their lowest rating this year, according to a poll published Sunday. More »

  • Most Voters Want Farage In Leaders' Debate
    Most Voters Want Farage In Leaders' Debate Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A new poll suggests most of the public believe Nigel Farage should take part in any televised leaders' debates ahead of next year's general election. A Comres poll has found 51% of people think UKIP should be represented alongside David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem Nick Clegg. Even more - 53% - say the Prime Minister would look like a coward if he refused to take on Mr Farage. It comes amid Conservative fears that the right-wing UKIP could top the polls in England in next month's European elections. More »