United Kingdom Independence Party
|UK Independence Party|
|Welsh name||Plaid Annibyniaeth y DU|
|Leader||Nigel Farage MEP|
|Deputy Leader||Paul Nuttall MEP|
|Executive chairman||Steve Crowther|
|Founded||3 September 1993|
|Headquarters||Newton Abbot, Devon|
|Youth wing||Young Independence|
|European Parliament group||Europe of Freedom and Democracy|
|Colours||Purple and Yellow|
|House of Commons|
|House of Lords|
|Police & Crime Commissioners|
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.
May 2014 elections[change | change source]
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."
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|
|North West England||Paul Nuttall|
|South East England||Nigel Farage, Marta Andreasen|
|South West England||Trevor Colman, Earl of Dartmouth|
|West Midlands||Mike Nattrass|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Godfrey Bloom|
Sources[change | change source]
- George Eaton, "UKIP membership hits 30,000. Could it overtake the Lib Dems next?". New Statesman, 12 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013
- 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.
- "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."
- Robinson, Chris (13). Electoral Systems and Voting in the United Kingdom. Edinburgh University Press. p. 203. .
- Aylott, Nicholas; Magnus Blomgren, Torbjorn Bergman (18). Political Parties in Multi-Level Polities: The Nordic Countries Compared. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 2009. .