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UKIP MEP Roger Helmer: Fears over global warming are 'grossly exaggerated'

Nottingham Post by PM Blackburn | Tuesday, 30 December 2014

East Midlands MEP and Ukip energy spokesman Roger Helmer has claimed that climate change is “open to question”. In an interview with The Independent, Mr Helmer spoke about “climate alarmism” and suggested that predicted rises in temperatures across the world were “grossly exaggerated”. Mr Helmer also said a Ukip government would get more...


Ukip councillor denies racism accusations

Thanet Gazette by Kate JB | Tuesday, 30 December 2014

UKIP county councillor Trevor Shonk has defended himself against accusations of racism after an interview broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The Ramsgate councillor, who also sits on the town authority, gave a one-hour interview to the World At One programme aired during the Christmas break. Cllr Shonk hit national headlines after telling more...


Ukip hires City barrister to keep 'bad stuff' hidden, leaked documents reveal

The Mirror by Jack Blanchard | Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Ukip chiefs hired a City barrister to keep “bad stuff” hidden from the public, leaked documents show. National executive committee meeting minutes from June 2013 detail how Matthew Richardson became Ukip secretary. They state Mr Richardson’s role as party secretary would be deciding “whether to take injunctions out” when Ukip is criticised more...


UKIP candidate poses with Polish far-right leader

Pink News by Nick Duffy | Monday, 29 December 2014

A UKIP parliamentary candidate has been photographed with a far-right Polish leader described by Nigel Farage as “utterly reprehensible.” The party’s PPC in Tooting, Przemek Skwirczynski, was photographed earlier this year with Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who leads the fringe Kongres Nowej Prawicy (Congress of the New Right) party. Mr Korwin-Mikke has attracted notoriety more...


Nigel Farage shows his support for fox hunting at Chiddingstone Castle

Kent and Sussex Courier by . | Saturday, 27 December 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage turned out for the annual hunt at Chiddingstone Castle yesterday to show his support for the banned blood-sport. The Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent hunt met at the castle for the Boxing Day event where according to witnesses around 1,000 hunters and 40 protesters from the more...


Canterbury Academy students publish UKIP satire videogame

Canterbury Times by Tim Bates | Monday, 22 December 2014

A group of Canterbury Academy students have released a video game satirising UKIP. According to the boys, UKIK casts the player as “the fictional Nicholas Fromage”, who stands on the White Cliffs of Dover, kicking immigrants out of the country, to save the UK economy. If the player fails to kick more...


Far right politician kicked out of party for saying Liverpool FC 'cursed by God for supporting gay pride'

Liverpoo lEcho by Neil Docking | Monday, 22 December 2014

A far right politician has been kicked out of his party after claiming Liverpool FC were cursed by God for ‘promoting’ homosexuality. English Democrat Paul Rimmer was widely condemned after making alleged homophobic remarks on his public Facebook page. The former UKIP candidate and ex-BNP activist said: “From the Bible, Sodomy defiles more...


‘Gay Donkey Raped My Horse’ Becomes Latest Ukip Rally-Cry

The Morning Star by Conrad Landin | Monday, 22 December 2014

WELSH Ukip candidate John Rees-Jones brushed off homophobic comments made by a fellow election hopeful, telling opponents at the weekend that his horse had been “raped” by a “homosexual donkey.” The Cardiff South and Penarth candidate Mr Rees-Jones was part of a clutch of Ukip activists who confronted a group of more...


West Country cake shop owner threatened with violence on Facebook over response to Nigel Farage's breastfeeding comments

Bath Chronicle by Bath Chronicle | Sunday, 21 December 2014

A cake shop owner in the West has contacted the police after being threatened with violence over her response to comments by Nigel Farage about breastfeeding in public. The Ukip leader suggested breastfeeding mothers should “sit in the corner” of a room to feed their babies, rather than out in the more...


Racist thug who daubed Nazi graffiti in a community mourning the death of a black teen jailed

The Mirror by Luke Traynor | Sunday, 21 December 2014

A man who daubed racist abuse in a neighbourhood mourning the death of a black teenager was locked up for two years. James Coleman, 18, left Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and swastika graffiti on the day Erick Maina, 15 – originally from Nairobi, Kenya – died. Erick’s body was found hours after more...


UKIP begs members to stop making controversial comments on Facebook and Twitter

Pink News by Pink News | Sunday, 21 December 2014

UKIP is begging its members to quit Facebook and Twitter, to avoid getting the party in trouble over controversial comments. New guidance issued to party members pleads with them to consider stepping away from the social networks, after a series of gaffes. Paul Rimmer, a former UKIP candidate, claimed on Facebook this more...


UKIP's chairman in Scotland Arthur Thackeray reveals party SPIES on opponents

Daily Record by Keith McLeod | Sunday, 21 December 2014

UKIP in Scotland has revealed it is using a variety of undercover measures to spy on its opponents. The party’s chairman north of the border Arthur Thackeray has made the shock revelations that private investigators were hired during the independence referendum and that protest groups against the party were “infiltrated”. And Thackeray more...


Farage Defends UKIP Candidate's Chinese Slur

Sky News by Sky News | Saturday, 20 December 2014

Mr Smith was taped in a phone call where he labelled gay party members as "poofters" and referred to someone as a "Chinky bird". The Essex councillor also joked about embarking on a "peasant hunt" by shooting people in Chigwell. Even though the UKIP leader insisted his former colleague did not more...


Former UKIP candidate jailed in child sex case

LEP by LEP | Saturday, 20 December 2014

A former UKIP candidate has been jailed for two years after admitting attempting to engage in sexual activity with a 12 year old girl. Ex-politician Ronald John Loebell, 72, of Edisford Road, Clitheroe, appeared at Preston Crown Court after admitting two charges. He wiped his eyes with a hanky as the more...


Ukip's Swedish EU Allies Accused Of Antisemitism

Huffington Post by Ned Simons | Saturday, 20 December 2014

Ukip's Swedish allies in the European Parliament have been accused of antisemitism following comments made about Jewish immigrants. In an interview this week with newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Björn Söder, the leader of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, was asked whether a person could be Jewish and Swedish at the same time. more...


UKIP Branch Chair Suspended

Morning Star by Morning Star | Saturday, 20 December 2014

A SENIOR Ukip figure is no longer chairman of the Lambeth and North Croydon branch after the party announced it was suspending the role yesterday. Winston McKenzie, the party’s Commonwealth spokesman, has lost the title while an investigation is carried out. The former boxer, who earlier this week compared party leader Nigel more...


Ukip grassroots leave in protest at selection of ex-Tories and celebrities

The Independent by Paul Gallagher | Saturday, 20 December 2014

Ukip members and activists are quitting the party in disgust after being passed over in the race for Westminster seats in preference for Tory defectors. Growing anger among the grassroots comes as the former Conservative councillor bidding to become the country’s youngest MP at next May’s general election faces accusations of more...


Ukip starts to feel the heat over scandals

Evening Standard by Evening Standard | Saturday, 20 December 2014

After Ukip’s victories in the Rochester and Clacton by-elections this autumn, the party was on a roll. It is a slightly different story now, as a poll from Ipsos Mori for this paper suggests today. After a string of gaffes and scandals involving party members, Nigel Farage’s approval ratings have more...


Farage popularity hit by ongoing Ukip blunders

ITV News by ITV News | Saturday, 20 December 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been criticised after his attempts to defend a former UKIP parliamentary candidate's remarks about Chinese people and homosexuals only appeared to make matters worse. Mr Farage said controversial comments made by disgraced former Ukip candidate Kerry Smith were because he was a "rough diamond". ITV News' Political more...


UKIP Will Struggle To Gain MPs - Research

Sky News by Sky News | Saturday, 20 December 2014

UKIP will struggle to convert its recent surge in support into a sizeable number of MPs at the General Election, new research suggests. The Plymouth University analysis also says the Liberal Democrats could confound plummeting poll ratings and avoid the Parliamentary catastrophe some are predicting. The research found that while Nigel Farage's more...


Ukip suspend Winston McKenzie as chairman of Lambeth & Croydon North branch

Croydon Advertiser by Gareth Davies | Friday, 19 December 2014

UKIP has suspended Winston McKenzie as chairman of its Lambeth and Croydon North branch. The rest of the committee has also been suspended and the branch has been disbanded, at least temporarily, after the party intervened following months of infighting. Mr McKenzie has received a letter of no confidence signed by more...


Strood and Rochester Ukip MP Mark Reckless asks members for cash so he can pay his former Tory colleagues who are taking legal action against him

Kent Online by Lynn Cox | Friday, 19 December 2014

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Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson, who attacked 'feckless' welfare families, owes £2,000 in missed child support payments

The Independent by Jenn Selby | Friday, 19 December 2014

Another day, another personal Ukip revelation that casts the party’s already questionable policies in fresh hypocritical light. Janice Atkinson, the MEP who attacked “feckless” parents on welfare benefits for having more children than they can afford, herself owes more than £2,000 in missed child support payments to care for the upkeep more...


Ukip suspends entire party branch during mystery investigation

ITV by ITV | Friday, 19 December 2014

Ukip has suspended one of its branches, including a senior figure in the party, during an investigation but have refused to comment on what they will investigate. Winston McKenzie, the party's Commonwealth spokesman, has been stripped of the local role as chairman of the Lambeth and North Croydon branch, a spokesman more...


Tommy Robinson, Former EDL Leader, Comes Out In Support Of Ukip

Huffington Post by Ryan Barrell | Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Far-right activist Tommy Robinson has announced his support for Ukip at the next general election. Having previously endorsed Nigel Farage's party in a tweet, the former English Defence League leader has restated his support for Ukip in an interview. Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley Lennon, suggested that he had met quietly with more...


UKIP councillor calls for English speaking care home workers in Southend

Halstead Gazette by Ian Burbridge | Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A UKIP councillor has sparked anger by saying it was “not too much to ask” to have Englishspeaking care home workers in Southend. Lawrence Davies, who represents Kursaal for the anti-EU party, spoke out at a full council meeting. His comments were criticised by his counterparts, who said turning council discussions more...


Ukip activist Kerry Smith quits party after row over offensive comments

The Independent by Nigel Morris | Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Ukip activist Kerry Smith hit out at in-fighting within the party as he tore up his membership card. Mr Smith was forced to step down as the parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock this week after being recorded making offensive remarks. Today he announced he was resigning from more...


School axes David Little's Ukip talk after parent protest threat

Dover Express by Dover Express | Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A SCHOOL has refused a Ukip parliamentary candidate the opportunity to speak to students. David Little was due to speak at Castle Community School this Thursday but his invitation was rescinded after parents threatened to picket the school. The Dover and Deal candidate says the rejection is an “affront to democracy” and more...


Nigel Farage's wife 'is paid with public money' it is revealed despite denial on show with Googlebox's Steph and Dom

The Independent by James Rush | Tuesday, 16 December 2014

While his appearance on Steph and Dom Meet Nigel Farage may be considered something of a privileged platform for a politician, the Ukip leader did not emerge from the encounter without facing at least a few awkward questions. Among the drinks and the questions from the couple from Gogglebox on Europe, more...


Ukip 'secures £1.5m EU funding'

The Telegraph by Tom Brooks-Pollock | Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Ukip has secured £1.5m in EU funding by forming a pan-European political party, despite party members having voted against the idea three years ago, it has emerged. The Eurosceptic party is to be awarded the money by Brussels through the formation of the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe (ADDE), of more...


Ukip's Neil Hamilton and the club that wants ‘civilised rule’ restored in South Africa

The Independent by Simon Usborne & Sunny Hundal | Monday, 15 December 2014

It is a photo that its subject might prefer to forget. Neil Hamilton, the Ukip deputy chairman and would-be election candidate, stands by a flag that ripples with racist symbolism. Revealed here for the first time, the image shows the disgraced former Tory MP speaking, as guest of honour, to an more...


Ukip considered taking legal action against mural row church

Herald Scotland by Gerry Braiden | Monday, 15 December 2014

Ukip considered taking legal action against a church which depicted leader Nigel Farage alongside Hitler, it has emerged. Earlier this month St John's Church in Edinburgh, which as a 30-year tradition of politically provocative paintings, erected a mural depicting Mr Farage standing in front of Hitler, British Fascist Oswald Mosley more...


UKIP's Kerry Smith quits as Essex parliamentary candidate after 'poofter' comment

The Mirror by John Shammas | Monday, 15 December 2014

A leading UKIP member has quit as a parliamentary candidate after a phone call featuring apparent homophobic and racist remarks was leaked to a newspaper. Kerry Smith stood down as candidate for the Essex seat of South Basildon and East Thurrock tonight after the Mail on Sunday was passed a tape more...


UKIP leader Nigel Farage 'begged' controversial Tory MP Enoch Powell to help him win by-election

The Mirror by Hayley Coyle | Sunday, 14 December 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage reportedly "begged" controversial Tory MP Enoch Powell to support his attempt to win a by-election nearly 20 years ago. It is also claimed that Powell, the former Tory MP famed for his anti-immigration Rivers of Blood speech, also turned down requests to stand for election for Ukip. The more...


Senior UKIP official brands students “the great unwashed”

Versa by Jake Hurfurt | Sunday, 14 December 2014

Tom Bursnall, a UKIP councillor in Windsor and member of the party’s National Executive Committee, has slammed student activists – and UKIP’s press office supported the comments with disdain for any offence caused. After the proposal of a motion to no platform UKIP on campus at Essex’s Student Union, Bursnall described more...


Ukip's woes deepen as five members suspended from standing as candidates

The Herald by Paul Hutcheon | Sunday, 14 December 2014

UKIP's turmoil in Scotland deepened last night after the right-wing anti-immigrant party suspended five senior members from its approved list of candidates. The individuals - including the former Scottish leader and chair - are critics of party MEP David Coburn, prompting accusations of "control freakery". UKIP was last week rocked by more...


UKIP candidate caught ranting about ‘f***ing disgusting old poofters’

Pink News by Nick Duffy | Sunday, 14 December 2014

A UKIP parliamentary candidate has been caught on tape ranting about disgusting “poofters” and “shooting peasants”. Audio recording has been released by theMail on Sunday of Kerry Smith – a senior UKIP member who is the party’s PPC in South Basildon and East Thurrock – making a series of seriously offensive more...


Bristol race hate attack: 'It's frightening so many shoppers turned a blind eye as man abused me and spat at my hijab'

Bristol Post by Louis Emanuel | Sunday, 14 December 2014

A MUSLIM woman who was spat at during a racist rant in Cabot Circus has spoken of her shock at the people who turned a blind eye. Jack Hughes, 26, of Upton Road, Bristol, was fined £336 for assault at a court hearing this week for his attack on Hasina Khan. As more...


Richard Desmond makes £300,000 donation to Ukip

The Guardian by . | Friday, 12 December 2014

Daily Express owner Richard Desmond has thrown his financial support behind Ukip, pledging £300,000 to Nigel Farage’s party less than five months before the general election. The six-figure donation suggests that Desmond’s stable of newspapers – the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday – will back Ukip more...


Ukip MEP Nathan Gill insists he's not breaking EU rules by using public money to rent space in Ukip campaign offices

Wales Online by Martin Shipton | Thursday, 11 December 2014

Wales’ Ukip MEP Nathan Gill insists he is not breaking European Parliament rules by basing two publicly-funded offices in premises used by his party as campaign bases in target seats for next May’s general election. In October we asked Mr Gill – last week announced as Ukip leader in Wales by more...


Hamilton claims 'dirty tricks' as expenses row ends Ukip seat bid

The Independent by Ian Johnston | Thursday, 11 December 2014

Neil Hamilton, Ukip’s deputy chairman, withdrew his bid to become an election candidate last night after it emerged that he had been asked to explain his expenses claims by the party’s finance committee. The former Conservative MP, who was ousted from his seat in Tatton by journalist Martin Bell in 1997 more...


Nigel Farage Slapped Down As OBR Says Britain Has 'Masses Of Room' For Migrants

Huffington Post by Asa Bennett | Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Nigel Farage's warning in the face of EU migration that "Britain is full" has been summarily dismissed by the government's economic forecaster, which has stated that the UK has "masses of room". Stephen Nickell, one of the three heads of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), expressed his scepticism to MPs more...


Anti-EU party UKIP fends off sex harassment allegations in UK

Reuters by Reuters | Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A prominent female member of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has accused its general secretary of sexual harassment five months before a national election, prompting the party to suspend him pending an investigation. The imbroglio is the latest in a series of scandals to have hit the party which has more...


Nigel Farage blames immigration after missing Ukip reception

The Telegraph by Matthew Holehouse | Sunday, 7 December 2014

Nigel Farage has blamed high levels of immigration for missing a meeting with Ukip supporters. Mr Farage said he was detained in a traffic jam on the M4 which meant he was unable to attend a £25-a-head reception for 100 party supporters to meet the leader at Ukip’s first conference in more...


Farage accused by Ukip activists of running party in the interests of his 'lackeys' and 'henchmen'

The Independent by Jon Stone | Thursday, 4 December 2014

Nigel Farage runs Ukip like an undemocratic cabal and promotes the interests of his “lackeys” and “henchmen”, according to activists in the insurgent eurosceptic party. Mr Farage and his allies have sought to secure winnable Westminster and Brussels constituencies for their associates over long-standing activists, according to criticisms in leaked internal more...


Nigel Farage Claims He's Poor Despite Household Income Of £100,000 (And A Chauffeur)

Huffington Post by Chris York | Thursday, 4 December 2014

Nigel Farage - who once boasted of taking £2 million in expenses as an MEP - is "poor". For the Ukip leader at least, it seems a household earning £109,000 a year, dining on taxpayer subsidised food and having a £60,000 annual chauffeur allowance just isn't enough to cut it any more...


Farage Forced To Backtrack After Denying Ukip Policy On Sex Education In Primary Schools

Huffington Post by Press Association | Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Ukip has insisted Nigel Farage "misspoke" after he appeared to disown the party's policy of banning sex education in primary schools. Mr Farage was asked about the proposal - unveiled by his deputy Paul Nuttall at the party's conference in September - as he was grilled by a group of more...