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  • 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 »

  • Ukip row letting off steam - Farage
    Ukip row letting off steam - Farage Thu, May 14, 2015

    Nigel Farage has dismissed a bitter row over his leadership of Ukip as "people letting off steam", insisting a leadership contest would be a "massive, massive mistake". More »

  • 'Wrong Un' Farage Aide 'Sacked' By UKIP
    'Wrong Un' Farage Aide 'Sacked' By UKIP Thu, May 14, 2015

    Nigel Farage's top adviser has been "sacked" after he was accused of helping to turn the UKIP leader into a "snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive man". An extraordinary day of infighting has ended with chief of staff Raheem Kassam leaving his post - while party secretary Matthew Richardson has also offered his resignation. It comes after UKIP election chief Patrick O'Flynn told Sky News that Mr Farage was being advised by "wrong uns". Just a few hours later a party spokesman said Mr Kassam "no longer works for UKIP" - and Sky's Darren McCaffrey confirmed he had "essentially been sacked". More »

  • Ukip campaign chief attacks Farage
    Ukip campaign chief attacks Farage Wed, May 13, 2015

    Nigel Farage has become a "snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive" man who is turning Ukip into a "personality cult", the party's campaign chief has said in a stunning attack on his leader. More »

  • Farage poll: 'No evidence of fraud'
    Farage poll: 'No evidence of fraud' Wed, May 13, 2015

    Initial inquiries by police have found "no evidence" of electoral fraud in Thanet South, the seat that Ukip's Nigel Farage failed to win at the general election. More »

  • Police Investigate Thanet South Fraud Claims
    Police Investigate Thanet South Fraud Claims Wed, May 13, 2015

    Kent Police say they have received reports of electoral fraud in the Thanet South constituency where UKIP's Nigel Farage stood. Mr Farage failed in his attempt to win the seat, with Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay emerging victorious. The face of UKIP secured 16,026 votes to Mr Mackinlay's 18,838. A Kent Police spokesman said: "Kent Police has received a report of electoral fraud. More »

  • Police probe electoral fraud in UKIP leader's seat
    Police probe electoral fraud in UKIP leader's seat Wed, May 13, 2015

    Police said on Wednesday they were looking in an allegation of electoral fraud in the parliamentary constituency where the leader of Britain's anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party lost out in a closely fought vote last week. Nigel Farage came second in Thanet South in southeastern England, polling 16,026 votes with the winner from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party taking 18,838 votes. UKIP supporters claimed on social media afterwards that the election had been rigged, saying the party had won control of the local council, but had been defeated in the vote to elect the Member of Parliament, even though both elections had taken place last Thursday. More »

  • Greens ponder Ukip pact over votes
    Greens ponder Ukip pact over votes Wed, May 13, 2015

    Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has suggested she would be "happy" to work with Ukip to push for electoral reform. More »

  • I loathe Ukip but one MP for 3.9 million votes is a national disgrace
    I loathe Ukip but one MP for 3.9 million votes is a national disgrace Wed, May 13, 2015

    Much as I loathe the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip), the fact that it won 3.9 million votes in the election but has only emerged with one MP is a national scandal and an affront to democracy. While I oppose Ukip's extreme right-wing policies, as a democrat I defend its right (and the right of all parties) to have a proportion of MPs that reflects their proportion of votes. To deny Ukip the MPs it merits (based on its vote share) disrespects the people who voted for the party and fuels public alienation from politics. As we saw in South Thanet, where Nigel Farage failed to get elected, Ukip will be most effectively defeated by exposing its ideas, offering better policies and mobilising the anti-Ukip vote – not by the bureaucratic manoeuvre of sustaining a flawed, unjust electoral system to artificially exclude Ukip from the House of Commons. More »

  • UKIP Row Unfolds As MP Rejects £650,000 Cash
    UKIP Row Unfolds As MP Rejects £650,000 Cash Tue, May 12, 2015

    UKIP's only MP has refused to accept the £650,000 of taxpayers' money his party is entitled to following the General Election - even though senior colleagues want him to take the funding. Douglas Carswell claims he was urged by UKIP officials to hire 15 people using the cash, which is awarded to parties which secure two seats, or one seat with more than 150,000 votes overall. However, the Clacton MP – who favours smaller, less expensive governments – said he would be unable to "look pensioners in the eye" if he accepted the sum in full, as it would lead to a "UKIP trough in the House of Commons". Mr Carswell added: "When the rules were drawn up (in the 1970s), no one envisaged we would ever get a position where you have one MP and four million votes. More »

  • Ukip MP 'won't claim £650,000'
    Ukip MP 'won't claim £650,000' Tue, May 12, 2015

    Ukip's only MP has insisted he will not claim £650,000 of taxpayers' money despite calls from party officials to use the funds in full. More »