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Neil Hamilton and Ukip: it just wasn't meant to be

The Guardian by Kira Cochrane | Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Earlier this year, James Landale, deputy political editor for BBC News, reported on a form doing the rounds of potential UK Independence party candidates at their conference in Torquay. It was a list of statements, asking them to declare that they had never engaged in racist behaviour, or had links more...


UKIP angry over 'confusing' Euro election name

BBC by Peter Henley | Wednesday, 23 April 2014

First we had the candidate for the "Literal Democrats". A name so similar to the Liberal Democrats that just enough voters made a mistake and changed the result. Now UKIP is complaining to the Electoral Commission about the registration of a party for May's European elections in the South West of more...


Ukip councillor says sorry for telling care home children they were 'takers from the system'

Belfast Telegraph by Antonia Molloy | Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Ukip councillor who allegedly asked children who had grown up in council care homes how if felt “to be takers from the system”, has apologised after he was found to have breached the members’ code of conduct. Cllr Gordon Gillick said he was “deeply sorry” for bringing Cambridge County Council more...


UKIP left most out of pocket after Holyrood by-elections

The Herald by Tom Gordon | Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Nigel Farage's Ukip spent more per vote than any other mainstream party in Aberdeen Donside, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath while losing its deposit each time because it polled under 5%. Last June, Ukip spent £16.77 per vote in Donside after the death of SNP MSP Brian Adam. Ukip then spent £10.42 per vote more...


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FRANCE | French right-wings patrol Lille's subways looking for "scum"

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 22:43 | Source: vice.com |

A bunch of far-right activists marauding around an enclosed underground space in search of their definition of “scum” obviously doesn’t sound like a particularly good thing. So it’s understandable that a lot of people got pretty up in arms about the initiative – not least the French NGO Human Rights more...


FRANCE | French minorities alarmed by far-right wins

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 22:35 | Source: aljazeera.com |

French Jewish and Muslim communities say they are becoming the direct targets of the far-right [Reuters] It was an unprecedented breakthrough. France's far-right party, the National Front, won the vote in 11 cities in local elections on March 31, and took control of three more through far-right-leaning candidates. Marine Le Pen, the more...


SPAIN | Spanish fascists make Euro election bid

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 18:41 | Source: thelocal.es |

The list of candidates submitted by two far-right Spanish parties for May's European parliamentary elections includes people who were arrested for attacking Madrid's Catalan centre last year and criminals convicted of possessing explosives. When a group of fascistsstormed the Madrid offices of the Catalan government on Catalonia's national day last year, more...


FRANCE | Le Pen's unholy alliance hoping to destroy the EU

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 17:57 | Source: thelocal.fr |

France’s National Front party is trying to unite a multi-nation, far-right alliance ahead of next month’s crucial European elections. The distinctly anti-EU mob would include Nazi sympathisers, anti-Muslim leaders and fervent nationalists. We take a closer look. While Britain’s right-wing UKIP party leadership recently rejected an invitation from Marine Le Pen more...