LiveLive: UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Worcester

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

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Summary

  • 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.

8:25pm

Thanks for following everyone - the full story will be on our website shortly. 

8:24pm

And with that said, Farage wraps up to warm applause from the audience. 

8:12pm

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." 

8:09pm

Farage: "We are not a racist party - uncontrolled immigration is a big danger to the settled ethnic minority communities that are here." 

8:08pm

In response to a question on the royal family, he says he is a supporter of it

8:06pm

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." 

8:03pm

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." 

8:01pm

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. 

7:58pm

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. 

7:54pm

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." 

7:51pm

Nigel Farage says it is "rubbish" that votes for UKIP will boost Labour in the local or national elections. 

7:47pm

Farage: "We've heard it all before Mr Cameron, we don't trust you and we don't believe you." 

7:42pm

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." 

7:41pm

Farage: "How much fat is there that can be cut in County Hall rather than front line services?" 

7:34pm

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." 

7:32pm

Farage: "We have one million young people unemployed, a whole generation which has been written off as lazy and useless."

7:31pm

Farage: "The only people who should govern this country should be the British people via the ballot box." 

7:30pm

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."

7:27pm

And here is Nigel Farage, to thunderous applause. 

7:26pm

Nattrass: "We are saying enough is enough, we need to sort out our schools and hospitals first." 

7:23pm

Mike Nattrass: "There isn't a problem with immigration, but there is when we are, frankly, overcrowded, there's nothing racist with that." 

7:22pm

Mike Nattrass: "There are people in many countries who are Eurosceptic, not just here." 

7:16pm

I feel for Mike Nattrass, he is still holding the floor while we wait for the main event. 

7:14pm

Too right Tommy, I am easily pleased today. And why not, the sun is shining. 

7:14pm

7:05pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Tommym says

You're easily pleased its his birthday!!

7:11pm

Mike Nattras MEP is on the stage telling jokes, and making some serious political points, while Farage makes his way to the top floor 

7:10pm

7:00pm

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 

6:58pm

Nigel is 49 today....

6:57pm

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 

6:54pm

Nigel Farage is minutes away from entering - his entourage have turned up to take several rows of seats at the back 

6:50pm

Lots of optimism among the visitors here - but a fair few 'spies' from other political parties here too! 

6:49pm

6:32pm Wed 3 Apr 13

CJH says

gmoore1207 wrote:
CJH wrote:
Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...
why
Because Mr Farage is here! 'nuff said.

6:46pm

Here at the Guildall the upstairs room is already totally packed, it's standing room only. I'd say close to 200 people, possibly. 

6:23pm

6:22pm

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. 

6:20pm

6:06pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Icchi12 says

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.

Source:
http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/worldnew
s/europe/eu/9845442/
EU-to-set-up-euro-el
ection-troll-patrol-
to-tackle-Euroscepti
c-surge.htm

6:09pm

6:09pm

6:09pm

6:05pm

People can get involved by using the comment box or tweet me at @tomedwardsWN

6:04pm

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 

6:03pm

6:03pm

5:32pm Wed 3 Apr 13

epmart says

Get your EU flags at the ready

6:03pm

5:32pm Wed 3 Apr 13

epmart says

Get your EU flags at the ready

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5:24pm Wed 3 Apr 13

CJH says...

Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...
Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place... CJH
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5:32pm Wed 3 Apr 13

epmart says...

Get your EU flags at the ready
Get your EU flags at the ready epmart
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5:56pm Wed 3 Apr 13

gmoore1207 says...

CJH wrote:
Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...
why
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...[/p][/quote]why gmoore1207
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6:06pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Icchi12 says...

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.

Source:
http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/worldnew
s/europe/eu/9845442/
EU-to-set-up-euro-el
ection-troll-patrol-
to-tackle-Euroscepti
c-surge.htm
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. Source: http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/worldnew s/europe/eu/9845442/ EU-to-set-up-euro-el ection-troll-patrol- to-tackle-Euroscepti c-surge.htm Icchi12
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6:32pm Wed 3 Apr 13

CJH says...

gmoore1207 wrote:
CJH wrote:
Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...
why
Because Mr Farage is here! 'nuff said.
[quote][p][bold]gmoore1207[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...[/p][/quote]why[/p][/quote]Because Mr Farage is here! 'nuff said. CJH
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7:05pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Tommym says...

You're easily pleased its his birthday!!
You're easily pleased its his birthday!! Tommym
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7:17pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Tommym says...

The sun is shining Nigel is in town!.
The sun is shining Nigel is in town!. Tommym
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8:11pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Mary79 says...

so where are all the young people in that room? as a young person, that pic says it all. i cant see how ukip represents anything other than the past and those that cannot deal with the present or future. ukip would be a disaster in power. worse than the tories they themselves despise. they are just as pro privatisation globalisation as the tories. they dont care about british workers its just a ruse to confuse.
so where are all the young people in that room? as a young person, that pic says it all. i cant see how ukip represents anything other than the past and those that cannot deal with the present or future. ukip would be a disaster in power. worse than the tories they themselves despise. they are just as pro privatisation globalisation as the tories. they dont care about british workers its just a ruse to confuse. Mary79
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8:30pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Tommym says...

Thankyou.
Thankyou. Tommym
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9:21pm Wed 3 Apr 13

Europeanist64 says...

The UK's electoral system will work against UKIP making any progress in a general election. Leaving the EU would be a dangerous and damaging move for the UK. We need to stay in because the EU is the worlds largest free trade economy.

There is an excellent assessment by the BBC's Robert Peston on what is wrong with the British Economy. Read this http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/business-22001
354 and it will certainly make you think again about leaving the EU.

Leaving the EU is not a "magic wand" solution for the UK's problems. Right-wing politicians like Nigel Farage and Tory Euro-sceptics want the trade benefits of the EU, but their main and hidden aim is to take away the social and employment rights of the British people, which we have as a result of EU law.
The UK's electoral system will work against UKIP making any progress in a general election. Leaving the EU would be a dangerous and damaging move for the UK. We need to stay in because the EU is the worlds largest free trade economy. There is an excellent assessment by the BBC's Robert Peston on what is wrong with the British Economy. Read this http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/business-22001 354 and it will certainly make you think again about leaving the EU. Leaving the EU is not a "magic wand" solution for the UK's problems. Right-wing politicians like Nigel Farage and Tory Euro-sceptics want the trade benefits of the EU, but their main and hidden aim is to take away the social and employment rights of the British people, which we have as a result of EU law. Europeanist64
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8:39am Fri 5 Apr 13

mrs peach says...

Mary79 wrote:
so where are all the young people in that room? as a young person, that pic says it all. i cant see how ukip represents anything other than the past and those that cannot deal with the present or future. ukip would be a disaster in power. worse than the tories they themselves despise. they are just as pro privatisation globalisation as the tories. they dont care about british workers its just a ruse to confuse.
There are no young people in the room because they have not bothered to attend. The young are being brainwashed from a very early age, they think they are in charge of their lives but alas they are not, health n safety, rules and regulations are preparing them to be CONTROLLED, which is the intention of the EU,who do not believe in democracy.Also the young do not know what this country was like,and could be again,when we controlled it and our borders ourselves.
[quote][p][bold]Mary79[/bold] wrote: so where are all the young people in that room? as a young person, that pic says it all. i cant see how ukip represents anything other than the past and those that cannot deal with the present or future. ukip would be a disaster in power. worse than the tories they themselves despise. they are just as pro privatisation globalisation as the tories. they dont care about british workers its just a ruse to confuse.[/p][/quote]There are no young people in the room because they have not bothered to attend. The young are being brainwashed from a very early age, they think they are in charge of their lives but alas they are not, health n safety, rules and regulations are preparing them to be CONTROLLED, which is the intention of the EU,who do not believe in democracy.Also the young do not know what this country was like,and could be again,when we controlled it and our borders ourselves. mrs peach
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9:10pm Sat 13 Apr 13

BrownSauce says...

CJH wrote:
Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...
Sad old person!
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: Suddenly Worcester's a less happy place...[/p][/quote]Sad old person! BrownSauce
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9:14pm Sat 13 Apr 13

BrownSauce says...

mrs peach wrote:
Mary79 wrote:
so where are all the young people in that room? as a young person, that pic says it all. i cant see how ukip represents anything other than the past and those that cannot deal with the present or future. ukip would be a disaster in power. worse than the tories they themselves despise. they are just as pro privatisation globalisation as the tories. they dont care about british workers its just a ruse to confuse.
There are no young people in the room because they have not bothered to attend. The young are being brainwashed from a very early age, they think they are in charge of their lives but alas they are not, health n safety, rules and regulations are preparing them to be CONTROLLED, which is the intention of the EU,who do not believe in democracy.Also the young do not know what this country was like,and could be again,when we controlled it and our borders ourselves.
Well said, a major problem that we are now experiencing is the brain-washing that we have allowed the establishment (EU) to do to our children from an early age.

The LibLabCon have so much to answer for!
[quote][p][bold]mrs peach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary79[/bold] wrote: so where are all the young people in that room? as a young person, that pic says it all. i cant see how ukip represents anything other than the past and those that cannot deal with the present or future. ukip would be a disaster in power. worse than the tories they themselves despise. they are just as pro privatisation globalisation as the tories. they dont care about british workers its just a ruse to confuse.[/p][/quote]There are no young people in the room because they have not bothered to attend. The young are being brainwashed from a very early age, they think they are in charge of their lives but alas they are not, health n safety, rules and regulations are preparing them to be CONTROLLED, which is the intention of the EU,who do not believe in democracy.Also the young do not know what this country was like,and could be again,when we controlled it and our borders ourselves.[/p][/quote]Well said, a major problem that we are now experiencing is the brain-washing that we have allowed the establishment (EU) to do to our children from an early age. The LibLabCon have so much to answer for! BrownSauce
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9:20pm Sat 13 Apr 13

BrownSauce says...

Come on Worcester!

The elections aree in a few weeks time. If you have a UKIP candidate the vore for them! The old LibLabCon party has failed us and has no more answers, and so they just attack anything that they think might be progressive, and challenge their hold of power.

Expect a lot of lies from the LibLabCon party in the next few weeks, because they have nothing new to offer and lies about UKIP are all they have left to offer!

Vote for the liars and you will get what you deserve!
Come on Worcester! The elections aree in a few weeks time. If you have a UKIP candidate the vore for them! The old LibLabCon party has failed us and has no more answers, and so they just attack anything that they think might be progressive, and challenge their hold of power. Expect a lot of lies from the LibLabCon party in the next few weeks, because they have nothing new to offer and lies about UKIP are all they have left to offer! Vote for the liars and you will get what you deserve! BrownSauce
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