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Ukip MEP in Nazi Twitter spat over Joseph Goebbels

2 March 2015 14:59

The Ukip spring conference was somewhat overshadowed by a publicity stunt from a local theatre group in Margate, which saw dancers dressed as Nazis high-kick their way through Springtime for… Continue reading

U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) Spring Conference

Mini Election: Patrick O’Flynn on the economy, party tribes and the importance of Farage

2 March 2015 12:48

Has Ukip found a set of credible economic policies? In the latest Mini Election video, I discuss the party’s spring conference with Patrick O’Flynn, MEP for the East of England and Ukip’s economic… Continue reading

Nigel Farage on the Sunday Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Farage wants to learn American campaigning techniques — just weeks after lambasting them

1 March 2015 13:45

Was Nigel Farage ‘absent on the job’ this week, addressing a conference in America instead of focusing on the immigration figures and Ukip’s spring conference? He defended the trip on the Sunday Politics today, arguing that… Continue reading


Are reports of a Ukip split greatly exaggerated?

28 February 2015 11:11

Day two of the Ukip conference, and the placid mood continues. Delegates seem very content with the speeches that they’ve heard from Douglas Carswell, Patricia Culligan, Janice Atkinson and Diane… Continue reading

UKIP Spring Conference

Watch: Mark Reckless and Steve Crowther discuss day one of Ukip’s spring conference

27 February 2015 19:45

Today has been ‘Nigel Farage Day’ in Margate. Although many of the party’s other prominent characters addressed its spring conference, it was the leader who entirely stole the day with… Continue reading


Farage uses speech to clarify his position

27 February 2015 17:52

Nigel Farage’s speech to the Ukip conference was fine. Not a bad speech, but not his best speech, either. It was just fine. Activists seemed happy, ecstatic, even when he… Continue reading


Ukip aren’t so jubilant anymore

27 February 2015 16:00

Nigel Farage has now arrived at the Ukip conference. He strode through the bar area, followed by an entourage larger than the one that accompanies the Prime Minister. Delegates clapped… Continue reading


Nigel Farage now polling first place in South Thanet

27 February 2015 15:39

Is Nigel Farage having any more luck in South Thanet? According to a new poll from Survation on the eve of Ukip’s spring conference, Farage has pulled ahead of the Tories and… Continue reading

UKIP Spring Conference

Steven Woolfe tells us what Ukip doesn’t believe about immigration

27 February 2015 13:23

You might think that Ukip’s immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe had the easiest portfolio in the party. After all, as the ComRes/ITV poll showed yesterday, Ukip is already the most trusted… Continue reading


Senior Farage aide misses flight back to Britain

27 February 2015 12:37

Nigel Farage’s gallivanting around in America has resulted in a casualty. Mr Steerpike hears that Raheem Kassam, senior adviser to Farage, missed the flight back home last night. Farage’s right-hand man… Continue reading

The press gallery at the Ukip conference in Margate.

What Ukip needs from its spring conference

27 February 2015 12:03

Ukip has put all the journalists in a special balcony above the main auditorium at its spring conference. It’s quite thoughtful of the party, as the gallery is right next… Continue reading

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Ukip backs Osborne’s deficit plans – but how would Farage cut spending?

27 February 2015 12:01

The Ukip spring conference is underway in Margate today, with the party starting the two days of speeches and fringes with a pledge that it will match the Tory plan… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Pimp my Ukip conference

27 February 2015 11:35

As the devoted Ukip followers arrive at this weekend’s party spring conference in Margate, they can now show their support in a variety of ways. Rather than a basic rosette,… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage tells Republicans to ‘reach out to the grassroots’. But should have stayed at home?

27 February 2015 7:47

Nigel Farage is becoming a jet setter. Yesterday evening, he addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) of Republicans in Maryland. Later today, he is delivering the final speech… Continue reading

Douglas Carswell speaking at a British Future event in Westminster this evening.

Douglas Carswell vs Nigel Farage (again) — but are these real disagreements?

24 February 2015 22:03

Is Douglas Carswell happily at home in Ukip? The Clacton MP’s latest policy intervention, this time on immigration, adds to the sense that his beliefs differ somewhat from his party and… Continue reading

Ukip's Nigel Farage Campaigns Before European Elections

A bad week for Ukip in the polls — and a good one for Labour

24 February 2015 8:56

Ukip’s spate of bad publicity appears to be hitting it in the polls. The racism row over the Meet the Ukippers documentary comes as the party has dropped several points in two new… Continue reading

Sir Malcolm Rifkind and  Jack Straw both face 'cash for access' allegations (Photo: Getty)

The ‘anti-politics’ bunch will benefit most from the ‘cash for access’ allegations

23 February 2015 11:46

Naturally, the parties set to benefit the most from any allegations of impropriety against MPs are the ‘anti-politics’ bunch: Ukip, the Greens and the SNP. You can always when the Greens… Continue reading


Club wars: Robin Birley gives Ukip £55,000 while Annabel’s gives Tories £20,000

19 February 2015 12:26

Mr S has just been flicking through the latest figures released today by the Electoral Commission, and was intrigued to see that in the last quarter Robin Birley, the half-brother of Tory… Continue reading


Ashcroft poll: Ukip second in four top target seats

19 February 2015 11:56

How close is Ukip to taking away seats from the Conservatives in May? Lord Ashcroft has surveyed the Ukip-Tory battleground in his latest round of constituency polling. He has surveyed four likely… Continue reading


Al Murray tries to muster some funds for his FUKP campaign

18 February 2015 14:33

The Conservatives held a Black and White Tie Ball earlier this month to raise funds for their election campaign, while Ukip are reported to have recently taken a princely sum from Richard… Continue reading

Television UKIP: The First 100 Days

UKIP: The First 100 Days, Channel 4, review: a sad, predictable, desperate hatchet job

18 February 2015 11:31

This is an extract from this week’s magazine, available from tomorrow Just three months into Ukip’s shock victory as the party of government and already Nigel Farage’s mob are starting… Continue reading

Harriet Yeo of the TSSA has switched her support from Labour to Ukip.

Former NEC chair dumps Labour for Ukip

17 February 2015 19:18

Labour’s decision to shy away from an EU referendum has cost it a senior figure. The Telegraph reveals that Harriet Yeo, the former chairman of Labour’s National Executive Committee between… Continue reading

Television UKIP: The First 100 Days

‘Ukip: The First 100 Days’ shows the media prefers to laugh at than understand the party

17 February 2015 11:42

What would happen if Britain left the EU later this year? According to Channel 4, the country would descend into riots and anarchy. Last night’s one-off drama Ukip: The First… Continue reading

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Kindred spirits? Nigel Farage wants Jean-Claude Juncker as his drinking buddy

16 February 2015 13:50

Nigel Farage wrote in the Spectator of his struggle to complete Dry January, while Jean-Claude Juncker is reported to be partial to a glass of cognac to kick start the day. So… Continue reading

Ukip's Tim Aker delivers his speech during the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in South Yorkshire

Mini Election: Tim Aker on Ukip’s election strategy and winning in Thurrock

15 February 2015 12:12

Tim Aker is one of Ukip’s most recognisable figures. At just 29, he is already an MEP for the East of England, a local councillor in Aveley and, until recently,… Continue reading