United Kingdom Independence Party

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UK Independence Party
Welsh name Plaid Annibyniaeth y DU
Leader Nigel Farage MEP
Secretary-General Jonathan Arnott
Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP
Executive chairman Steve Crowther
President Jeffrey Titford
Founded 3 September 1993
Headquarters Newton Abbot, Devon
Youth wing Young Independence
Membership  (2013) Increase 30,000[1]
Ideology Euroscepticism
Right-wing populism
Political position Right-wing[5]
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group Europe of Freedom and Democracy
Colours Purple and Yellow
House of Commons
2 / 650
House of Lords
3 / 724
European Parliament
9 / 73
Local government
226 / 21,259
Police & Crime Commissioners
0 / 41
Nigel Farage is the leader of the UK Independence Party

The United Kingdom Independence Party (often called UKIP, said "you-kipp") is a political party in the United Kingdom. Its policies promote conservatism, classical liberalism, libertarianism, national conservatism, militant racism, and Euroscepticism. Their main policy is said to be that they want the UK to leave the European Union.

The party was founded in 1993, and they first won seats in the European Parliament in 1999. They won 3 seats in 1999, which was increased to 12 in 2004 and 13 in 2009. It is now 9. The party does not do well under Britain's 'First-past-the-post' system of elections and has never won a seat in the British House of Commons, although they received 920,334 votes (3.1% of the total vote) at the 2010 UK General Election.

Supporters of UKIP mostly believe in the following things:

  • - The United Kingdom should leave the European Union.
  • - There should be more referendums on certain issues.
  • - British people should not have to carry ID cards.

UKIP has been criticized for being racist. In 2008 UKIP banned people who used to be members of the BNP from joining.

On 9 October 2014 Douglas Carswell became UKIP's first elected MP.[6]

May 2014 elections[change | change source]

In the May 2014 local elections UKIP got 30% of the vote in Sunderland.[7] The party gained 155 seats in the country.[8]

UKIP'S Worst Quotes[change | change source]

David Silvester, who called homosexuality a "spiritual disease", said: "Since the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, the nation has been beset by serious storms and floods. One recent one caused the worst flooding for 60 years. The Christmas floods were the worst for 127 years. Is this just global warming or is there something more serious at work?"

In an investigation led by the Sunday Mirror, Dr Julia Gasper said: "As for the links between homosexuality and paedophilia, there is so much evidence that even a full-length book could hardly do justice to the ­subject."

Speaking on the same issue, Ukip member Jan Zolyniak claimed: "The evidence is quite clear that the percentage of homosexuals who molest children is very high and cannot be dismissed."[1]

Current Members[change | change source]

There are currently over 38,000 people who are members of the UKIP. Of these, some are politicians. Thirteen of them are members of the European Parliament.

East Midlands Derek Clark
East of England David Campbell-Bannerman, Stuart Agnew
London Gerard Batten
North West England Paul Nuttall
South East England Nigel Farage, Marta Andreasen
South West England Trevor Colman, Earl of Dartmouth
Wales John Bufton
West Midlands Mike Nattrass
Yorkshire and the Humber Godfrey Bloom

Sources[change | change source]

  1. George Eaton, "UKIP membership hits 30,000. Could it overtake the Lib Dems next?". New Statesman, 12 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013
  2. Rooksby, Ed (19 December 2012). "Ukip are true libertarians". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/19/ukip-conservatives. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. "Local elections: What does UKIP stand for?". BBC. 3 may 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22396690. "They can broadly be seen as right wing, with a strong libertarian flavour and a dash of social conservatism."
  4. Robinson, Chris (13). Electoral Systems and Voting in the United Kingdom. Edinburgh University Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0748627509 .
  5. Aylott, Nicholas; Magnus Blomgren, Torbjorn Bergman (18). Political Parties in Multi-Level Polities: The Nordic Countries Compared. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 2009. ISBN 978-0230243736 .
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29549414
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27534191
  8. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/world/europe/britain-elections.html?_r=0

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