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Live: UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Worcester
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- Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, is at Worcester's Guildhall for a Q&A tonight from 7pm.
- The boss will be attempting to drum up support for UKIP ahead of May's county council elections as part of a national tour.
- It comes amid a surge of support for the party in the polls, with the latest ratings putting it at 17 per cent, beating the Lib Dems into third.
- You can folllow the debate here as it unfolds.
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And with that said, Farage wraps up to warm applause from the audience.
Farage: "There is evidence among the audiences I speak to, I can see that more and more young people are interested in what we have to say."
Farage: "We are not a racist party - uncontrolled immigration is a big danger to the settled ethnic minority communities that are here."
In response to a question on the royal family, he says he is a supporter of it
Farage: "I'd love to free businesses of all that (red tape) and launch a scheme called Give Youngsters a Chance, if one in four businesses did that it would solve the youth unemployment problem."
Farage: "The minimum wage is not the priority, the first is the 48 hour maximum working week, which has had the most detrimental affect on healthcare in this country."
Farage then gets a question on wind turbines, and complains "we obey every EU directive to the last degree", saying we've got a looming energy crisis but this won't solve it.
Farage then jokes to not take any money to Cyprus, "you never know they might take it off you" in response to a question on advice for travelling there.
He answers a question about an English parliament by saying "Westminster has always got the devolution question wrong, any sense of the English wanting its own identity has been sneered at by the main three parties."
Nigel Farage says it is "rubbish" that votes for UKIP will boost Labour in the local or national elections.
Farage: "We've heard it all before Mr Cameron, we don't trust you and we don't believe you."
Farage: "How much fat is there that can be cut in County Hall rather than front line services? That's what we've got to look at."
Farage: "How much fat is there that can be cut in County Hall rather than front line services?"
Farage: "It's got to stop. Enough is enough, we are quite prepared to accept skilled Labour if we have the need, but will not accept unlimited immigration."
Farage: "We have one million young people unemployed, a whole generation which has been written off as lazy and useless."
Farage: "The only people who should govern this country should be the British people via the ballot box."
Farage: "Something quite big is happening in British politics, people can see that UKIP was right from the start and we should never have joined this European project in the first place."
And here is Nigel Farage, to thunderous applause.
Nattrass: "We are saying enough is enough, we need to sort out our schools and hospitals first."
Mike Nattrass: "There isn't a problem with immigration, but there is when we are, frankly, overcrowded, there's nothing racist with that."
Mike Nattrass: "There are people in many countries who are Eurosceptic, not just here."
I feel for Mike Nattrass, he is still holding the floor while we wait for the main event.
Too right Tommy, I am easily pleased today. And why not, the sun is shining.
7:05pm Wed 3 Apr 13
You're easily pleased its his birthday!!
Mike Nattras MEP is on the stage telling jokes, and making some serious political points, while Farage makes his way to the top floor
Standing room only for Nigel Farage in Worcester http://t.co/nZEwAvdHUu— @tomedwardsWN 03 April 2013
The Guildhall is totally full, so much so that people have been split into two seperate rooms - he's popped into the downstairs room to address the crowd downstairs
Nigel is 49 today....
This is the funniest thing I've ever seen - Nigel Farage has just entered to a chorus of 'happy birthday to you' from the room
Nigel Farage is minutes away from entering - his entourage have turned up to take several rows of seats at the back
Lots of optimism among the visitors here - but a fair few 'spies' from other political parties here too!
6:32pm Wed 3 Apr 13
gmoore1207 wrote:Because Mr Farage is here! 'nuff said.
Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...
Here at the Guildall the upstairs room is already totally packed, it's standing room only. I'd say close to 200 people, possibly.
Flipping heck, UKIP has already been cut to 10-1 with Hills to win the South Shields by-election. Tories way out at 50-1.— @oflynnexpress 02 April 2013
A ComRes poll puts UKIP at 17 per cent, putting the party in third place ahead of the Lib Dems. So it's safe to say they are sitting pretty.
6:06pm Wed 3 Apr 13
Just ignore the scum.
The European Union are so hysterically afraid of Mr. Farage that they have spent £2 million (yes, MILLION) on hiring soulless shills that will go and insult UKIP on various internet boards.
@Cat_Phillips @tomedwardsWN ... 20% or better in in PCC elections ... Why all the hype despite severe underachievement? (3/3)— @Scott_Redding 03 April 2013
@Cat_Phillips @tomedwardsWN ... local authority councils, no MPs in 2010, finished behind LDems in PCC elecs, no candidate with ... (2/3)— @Scott_Redding 03 April 2013
@Cat_Phillips @tomedwardsWN re Farage visit - Someone should ask why UKIP finished 2nd in 2009 Euros, but still have no control of ... (1/3)— @Scott_Redding 03 April 2013
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Evening all, in an hour's time UKIP leader Nigel Farage will be at the Guildhall - live coverage will be added here as the debate unfolds
Update: Labour lead at 13 - Latest YouGov/The Sun results 2 April - CON 30%, LAB 43%, LD 11%, UKIP 10%; APP -35: http://t.co/6zLlC8vNo2— @YouGov 03 April 2013
5:32pm Wed 3 Apr 13
Get your EU flags at the ready
5:32pm Wed 3 Apr 13
Get your EU flags at the ready
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