‘This is the year we are changing politics’ - UKIP launch their European election campaign

East Anglian UKIP candidates gathered in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith East Anglian UKIP candidates gathered in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Monday, March 31, 2014
3:17 PM

“This is the start of the most significant year for our party. This is the year we are changing politics.”

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UKIP reveal their European election candidates at the Assembly House in Norwich. Lead candidate Patrick O'Flynn. Photo: Bill SmithUKIP reveal their European election candidates at the Assembly House in Norwich. Lead candidate Patrick O'Flynn. Photo: Bill Smith

That was the message from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Regional Chairman George Konstantinidis this morning at their East of England European election campaign launch.

At a meeting held at the Assembly House in Norwich, lead candidates Patrick O’Flynn, Stuart Agnew and Tim Aker outlined their plans for the campaign.

The party, who saw two MEPs from the region elected in 2009, remained tight-lipped about the number of euro MPs they hope to see elected on May 22.

Mr O’Flynn said: “We would be disappointed not to top the poll and we would be disappointed if the vote share doesn’t start with a three in this region. I don’t think it makes sense to say how many MEPs we want, other than more than last time.”

UKIP reveal their European election candidates at the Assembly House in Norwich. Lead candidate Patrick O'Flynn. Photo: Bill SmithUKIP reveal their European election candidates at the Assembly House in Norwich. Lead candidate Patrick O'Flynn. Photo: Bill Smith

Mr Konstantinidis said that the line-up of candidates, which also includes Michael Heaver, Michael McGough, Andy Monk and Mark Hughes, offers “both youth and experience”.

Policies in the campaign include reforming the controversial Common Agricultural Policy and dealing with immigration, which they said they were willing to have a “mature debate” about.

If one day elected, UKIP hope to leave the European Union and implement an Australian or Canadian points-based approach to immigration, where people are assessed on whether they put more into the pot than they take out.

Mr O’Flynn said the party aims to give “immigration a good name in this country”.

UKIP membership reached record numbers this weekend, hitting 4,000 in the East and 35,000 throughout the country, but Mr Aker, the party’s head of policy, said UKIP will continue to look to the future.

He added: “This doesn’t end today. This ends in May 2015 when we will finally get an MP elected into Parliament.”

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12 comments

  • Yes Watson but very true, im looking forward to you standing as an MP, I have several questions for you. Do you accept that the last Labour Government were out of control and almost broke our country, do you also accept you had the worst PM of all time?

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • What struck me straight away when I saw GNobbs on TV Monday night was his purple drinkers' nose. Less than a year as Leader George, those months have not been kind, just deserts for the way you have treated the Norfolk people.

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    Honest John

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Sweet cheeks - since when have politicians done what they said they would. Look at the Labour party and their U turn upon U turn over the incinerator.

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    BG

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • If the incinerator saga here in Norfolk is anything to go by we can draw some safe conclusions. The Tories and Labour are rotten to the core. There are a couple of good Lib Dems and only the Greens and UKIP are good to their word. As for the members of the temperance brigade on this thread. Get over yourselves. The fact that Nigel Farage doesn't go and drink in hiding like a couple of the leaders I have seen in action just makes him honest. And as far as I know going to the pub is not against the law but with the EU bombarding us with laws I suppose it could be by now. My mistake was to blink and miss 40 or so laws pass onto our statute books.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • BG you are correct, and if they are like there leader they will all be drunk in the pub. Plus they all adore president Putin so we are sorted.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • No women i see , the sl-uts are in the kitchen preparing the cucumber sandwiches.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • No sight of Matthew Smith there?

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    Jack Greenacre

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Is it any wonder that UKIP is going to win the 2014 EU elections locally when you look at the duplicitous way the electorate are treated by Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems.

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    BG

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • If successful how many of them will do what they are elected to do? If they are like the existing UKIP it will be between 0 & 1, also they have no right to try and take us out of the EU it should be down to the vote of the British people. There is a big band wagon and these lot are on it.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Very male,very pale and very stale.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • UKIP appear popular amongst the baby boomers, but I'm not sure younger generations will put up with Victorian values for very long.

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    HappisburghHarry

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • No women i see , the s l u t s are in the kitchen preparing the cucumber sandwiches.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, March 31, 2014

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