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  • Calais crisis: French police sent to break up British migrant trafficking gang …
    Calais crisis: French police sent to break up British migrant trafficking gang … Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    French police are being sent to Dunkirk to break up a British migrant trafficking gang operating out of a migrant camp after UKIP MEP Mike Hookem was threatened with a gun while filming there. A British group of criminals, directed from south London, are believed to be behind the Dunkirk-based operation. The danger posed by people-smuggling gangs operating in northern France was highlighted by British MEP Mike Hookem after he was threatened with a gun at the camp on 10 August. More »

  • Calais migrant crisis: Ukip MEP Mike Hookem threatened with gun in Dunkirk  …
    Calais migrant crisis: Ukip MEP Mike Hookem threatened with gun in Dunkirk  … Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Ukip MEP Mike Hookem has said he and a film crew were forced to flee for their lives from a Dunkirk migrant camp after they were threatened with a gun by a group of angry men. Speaking to IBTimes UK Hookem said he and the team of five were forced to make a hasty retreat from the migrant camp as they were chased by a violent group. As they fled the area roughly 3km from Dunkirk Port, the sound man reported he saw one of the migrants brandish an automatic pistol. More »

  • Ukip MEP Mike Hookem: Migrant threatened me with handgun near Dunkirk
    Ukip MEP Mike Hookem: Migrant threatened me with handgun near Dunkirk Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    A Ukip MEP has claimed a migrant threatened him with a handgun as he visited a camp on the outskirts of a French seaside town. More »

  • Tory strategist Lynton Crosby shares rare analysis of 2015 general election
    Tory strategist Lynton Crosby shares rare analysis of 2015 general election Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    The man behind David Cameron's general election success has given a rare analysis on why Labour and Ukip performed so badly in the polls, while claiming Nigel Farage would be better off as a talk show host. Lynton Crosby, who helped shape the Conservative's campaign, gave the breakdown at an Australian British Chamber of Commerce event in Sydney. The political strategist told Sky News Australia the Tories won the election and secured a majority of MPs in the House of Commons by offering stability in the face of a SNP/Labour government. More »

  • Farage 'Would Be Better Off With A Talk Show'
    Farage 'Would Be Better Off With A Talk Show' Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    UKIP will not last and Nigel Farage stands a better chance of becoming a talk show host than winning a Westminster seat, according to David Cameron's election strategist. Lynton Crosby said the party had had its day after failing to deliver more than one seat at the General Election. In a rare interview, Mr Crosby, the man credited with delivering Mr Cameron's unexpected majority win, said: "I don't think they've got a long-term future. More »

  • Eurosceptic Farage says pro-EU campaign is stealing a march on 'No'
    Eurosceptic Farage says pro-EU campaign is stealing a march on 'No' Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Eurosceptics who want Britain to quit the European Union are letting pro-EU campaigners get a head start in mobilising opinion ahead of an In/Out referendum that could take place within a year, Britain's most prominent Eurosceptic said on Thursday. Prime Minister David Cameron, buoyed by an unexpectedly decisive election win in May, has already begun trying to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU, saying he will campaign for a 'Yes' to continued membership if the talks are successful. Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), said high-profile interventions such as U.S. President Barack Obama saying he wanted Britain to stay in the EU, and the launch of pro-EU campaign groups such as Universities for Europe, had left the 'No' side lagging. More »

  • Anti-EU UKIP unveils rally plans for 'Brexit' campaign
    Anti-EU UKIP unveils rally plans for 'Brexit' campaign Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Thursday unveiled plans for hundreds of rallies from September to campaign for a "No" vote in the EU membership referendum. More »

  • Ukip's Nigel Farage rallies No supporters ahead of EU referendum campai …
    Ukip's Nigel Farage rallies No supporters ahead of EU referendum campai … Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The No campaign will never get off the ground if Ukip does not start campaigning immediately, Nigel Farage has claimed - despite insisting he is not interested in who becomes its official figurehead. More »

  • How Politicians Reacted To Greece Bailout Deal
    How Politicians Reacted To Greece Bailout Deal Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    David Cameron and George Osborne have cautiously welcomed Greece's bailout deal - but not everyone shares their optimism. UKIP and the Green Party have criticised the deal , while economists and statesmen have also weighed in with concerns. Prime Minister David Cameron said the agreement offered the chance of stability, but warned there was still "a long way to go". More »

  • Ex UKIP MEP Ashley Mote Jailed For Five Years
    Ex UKIP MEP Ashley Mote Jailed For Five Years Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A former UKIP MEP has been jailed for five years after claiming almost £500,000 in fraudulent expenses. Ashley Mote submitted bogus claims for his parliamentary allowance, and used the money to fund his court battles in the UK after he was prosecuted for a previous benefits fraud. Mr Justice Stuart Smith said the 79-year-old had "lied, protested, lied and lied again" during his trial at Southwark Crown Court. More »

  • Five years for ex-Ukip fraudster
    Five years for ex-Ukip fraudster Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    A former Ukip MEP who cheated almost £500,000 in European Parliament expenses has been jailed for five years. More »

  • Ukip is the canary in the coal mine for Labour's working class problem
    Ukip is the canary in the coal mine for Labour's working class problem Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Aside from the SNP surge in Scotland, the biggest shock for Labour at the recent General Election was the extent to which traditional Labour voters opted for Ukip. This lazy characterisation helps to explain why, under the doomed leadership of Ed Miliband, Labour went into May's election with a good deal of complacency about Ukip. It was an attitude largely drawn from polling in 2014, which showed that Ukip was taking four or five Tory voters for every one Labour voter. More »

  • Tsipras becomes unlikely hero for Europe's eurosceptics Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - European anti-establishment parties of all political colours are rallying behind Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his stand-off with creditors, which threatens to force Athens out of the euro zone and undermine the single currency. Parties with virtually nothing in common except a rejection of EU-imposed austerity are hoping public sympathy for Greece and its radical leftist leader will translate into a backlash against traditional parties and a boost in their own support. Tsipras's battle has united parties as diverse as Spain's left-wing Podemos, the anti-immigrant Northern League and the grassroots 5-Star Movement in Italy, France's far-right National Front and the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). More »

  • Should Ukip LGBT be banned from the Pride London parade?
    Should Ukip LGBT be banned from the Pride London parade? Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Is it appropriate for an organisation that opposes LGBT equality to participate in the Pride London parade? The Pride London committee recently announced the line up of groups participating in the annual parade. It included, for the first time, the LGBT group from the Ukip. More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 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 »

  • 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 »