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  • 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 »

  • Cameron says rivals' views on Europe 'extremist'
    Cameron says rivals' views on Europe 'extremist' Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron described rival parties' views on the European Union as 'extremist' on Thursday as he launched his bid to ward off a threat from an anti-EU party ahead of European Parliament elections. Polls show the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which campaigns for tighter immigration rules and to leave the EU, could win the most votes in next month's European vote, pushing Cameron's Conservatives into third place behind the opposition Labour Party. ... More »

  • Cameron warns against Ukip vote
    Cameron warns against Ukip vote Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    David Cameron has warned voters that Nigel Farage and the UK Independence Party (Ukip) cannot be trusted in European elections next month. More »

  • Labour's Immigration Launch Seeks to Move On From Past Errors
    Labour's Immigration Launch Seeks to Move On From Past Errors Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Ever since Gordon Brown's infamous "bigoted woman" outburst in the last election and the Labour government's massive under-estimate of expected Polish migrant numbers in 2004, the party has struggled to fashion a credible immigration policy. At the same time, with the recession biting, the issue has shot to the top of voters' concerns and has been remorselessly exploited by the far-right, including Nigel Farage's Ukip which now places it ahead of Europe. After much heart-searching, Labour has edged towards a "progressive" policy that, as shadow home secretary Yvette Copper has declared, "doesn't promote hostility but doesn't ignore concerns". In a keynote speech timed to coincide with the start of the Euro election campaign, Cooper has unveiled a policy aimed at getting Labour back onto the front foot over the issue. More »

  • Cameron's authority dented as minister resigns
    Cameron's authority dented as minister resigns Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a blow to his authority on Wednesday when a scandal-hit minister he had been doggedly defending resigned, exposing him to charges of weak leadership and poor judgment. Culture Secretary Maria Miller stepped down after a backlash against her expenses claims disrupted efforts by Cameron and his ruling Conservative party to woo voters ahead of European Parliament elections next month. Cameron's party is expected to finish a humiliating third in the European ballot behind the surging anti-EU UKIP whose leader had accused Cameron of making a "catastrophic" error of judgment by failing to sack Miller. UKIP, which has styled itself as an anti-establishment party, had seized upon the case of Miller, who gave a perfunctory 32-second public apology last week, as an example of how remote and venal the country's political elite is. More »

  • 'Ukip Girl' Alexandra Swann Rejects Party's anti-Immigrant Focu …
    'Ukip Girl' Alexandra Swann Rejects Party's anti-Immigrant Focu … Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Ukip leader Nigel Farage is facing more questions about his grip on the party after a high-profile young member tipped for great things dramatically said she "can't bring myself to campaign" for Ukip any longer. Alexandra Swann admitted her doubts about Ukip's immigration stance only weeks ahead of local and European elections, at which Farage's anti-EU party has been predicted to make big gains. Swann's presence in the party had been a major feather in Ukip's cap because the 25-year-old was previously chairwoman of the Tory youth wing, Conservative Future. But Swann revealed she has decided not to help the party at forthcoming elections because of worries about its rhetoric on immigration. More »

  • Ukip Politician Douglas Denny Defends 'Sodomy' Rant by Saying: 'Don't …
    Ukip Politician Douglas Denny Defends 'Sodomy' Rant by Saying: 'Don't … Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    A would-be Ukip politician defended calling homosexuals "abnormal" and called on gays to stop "ramming it down my throat." Douglas Denny, 66, was called out for "unacceptable" comments he made on a web forum for members of Nigel Farage's anti-EU party. Ukip members were discussing sodomy when Denny posted his own view on the matter. The prospective Portsmouth City Council politician insisted his objection was rooted only in the semantics of the word 'normal' – and not that he personally objected to homosexuality. More »

  • Britain tightens rules to deter welfare-seeking foreign migrants
    Britain tightens rules to deter welfare-seeking foreign migrants Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - The government said on Tuesday it was stepping up restrictions on foreign job seekers' access to welfare payments as Prime Minister David Cameron strives to cut immigration ahead of a national election next year. Polls show voters are concerned about immigration levels, a trend reflected in the rising popularity of the anti-EU UKIP which opposes "open door immigration" and has drawn support away from Cameron's Conservatives. UKIP is expected to come first or second in elections for the European Parliament next month, pushing the Conservatives into third place. In response, Cameron has sought to appear tough on the issue by tightening visa rules for migrants from outside the European Union and by restricting access to welfare benefits for EU nationals. More »

  • Briton wins prize for UK exit plan from EU, says economy could benefit
    Briton wins prize for UK exit plan from EU, says economy could benefit Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    (Reuters) - Britain's economy could grow by 1.3 billion pounds if it left the European Union due to less regulation and more trade with emerging economies, a British diplomat who dreamt up a prize-winning blueprint for the country's EU exit said on Tuesday. Britain's free market Institute of Economic Affairs on Tuesday awarded a 100,000-euro prize to Iain Mansfield, a British diplomat based in the Philippines, who it decided had come up with the best blueprint for a 'Brexit,' a British departure from the EU. Many opinion polls suggest a slim majority would vote to leave the 28-nation bloc and that the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is on course to come first or second in elections to the European Parliament next month. Mansfield said Britain could join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) to avoid bureaucratic burdens on business linked to Britain's membership of the EU, saying it could position itself as somewhere between Switzerland and Turkey, neither of which are EU member states. More »

  • Expenses scandal roils Cameron ahead of European elections
    Expenses scandal roils Cameron ahead of European elections Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's handling of an expenses scandal engulfing one of his ministers has put him under pressure before European elections, threatening his Conservative party's already clouded electoral outlook. Cameron, whose party risks being beaten into third place in next month's European Parliament elections behind the anti-EU UKIP, has stood by Maria Miller, the minister for culture, since a parliamentary report ordered her to pay back wrongly claimed expenses last week. But the media and public backlash against Miller shows no sign of abating despite Cameron's efforts to end it. At a time when he is trying to take on UKIP and woo voters by claiming credit for Britain's economic recovery, he instead finds himself being asked every day why he hasn't sacked Miller. More »

  • "Legalise Drugs" Call by Nigel Farage as Ukip Leader Admits Split …
    "Legalise Drugs" Call by Nigel Farage as Ukip Leader Admits Split … Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Ukip leader Nigel Farage has denied ever taking drugs as he called for laws banning narcotics to be abolished. In colourful comments, he said Britain had lost the fight against drugs and pointed to Portugal as the way to go in decriminalising illegal substances to beat drug gangs. Farage said: "I personally think that the war on drugs was lost many, many years ago and that the lives of millions of people in Britain are being made miserable by the huge criminal element that surrounds the illicit drugs trade and I do think that Portugal does show us that perhaps there is a better, more enlightened way to deal with this. "I think we should look at it and if ever there was a subject where we needed a genuine Royal Commission – not to kick it in the long grass – but a genuine Royal Commission to examine Portugal, to examine perhaps what has happened in one or two states in America and in Switzerland, this subject would be it." More »

  • David Cameron Repeats Backing For TV Debates
    David Cameron Repeats Backing For TV Debates Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    David Cameron has reiterated he is in favour of having television debates before the next election in 2015. The Prime Minister told Sky News he continued to support the idea he agreed to before the last General Election in 2010. Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have both said they will take part. Mr Cameron has previously indicated UKIP leader Nigel Farage - whose party is in third place in the polls ahead of the Lib Dems - should not take part. More »

  • Westminster Times: Burying Bad News, Cameron's Shopping, Badgers and Farage's …
    Westminster Times: Burying Bad News, Cameron's Shopping, Badgers and Farage's … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Ukip's Nigel Farage makes much of his City experience and claims he represents the views of the business community. So it came as a bit of a surprise when he made the following declaration at the start of his second TV debate with Nick Clegg. More »