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United Kingdom Independence Party
Leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch
Chairperson Paul Nuttall
Founded 1993
Headquarters PO Box 408
Newton Abbot
TQ12 9BG
Political position Right-wing
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament Group Europe of Freedom and Democracy
Official colours Purple and Yellow
House of Lords
European Parliament
Local government[6][7]
Politics of the United Kingdom
Political parties

The United Kingdom Independence Party, commonly known as Ukip (pronounced /ˈjuːkɪp/, YOO-kip) is a conservative, eurosceptic political party. Its principal aim is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

UKIP currently holds thirteen seats in the European Parliament and two in the House of Lords (the latter due to the defection of Conservative peers). It also has around 100 local councillors on principal authorities, town and parish councils. It claimed a membership of 16,300 on 27 November 2009.[8]

In the 2009 European elections, UKIP came second in the UK, beating the governing Labour Party with the share of the vote increasing by 0.4%, to 16.5%, to give it a total of thirteen seats in the European Parliament.

UKIP's current leader is Lord Pearson of Rannoch, who was elected as leader on 27 November 2009. [9]



Founding and early years

UKIP was founded in 1993 by Alan Sked and other members of the all-party Anti-Federalist League. Its primary objective was withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The new party attracted some members of the Eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party, which was split on the European question after the pound was forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992 and the struggle over ratification of the Maastricht Treaty. UKIP candidates stood in the 1997 general election, but were overshadowed by James Goldsmith's Referendum Party.

After the election, Sked resigned the leadership and left the party, which was, he said, 'doomed to remain on the political fringes'. However, Goldsmith died soon after the election and his Referendum Party was dissolved, with a resulting influx of new UKIP supporters. The leadership election was won by millionaire businessman Michael Holmes, and in the 1999 elections to the European Parliament UKIP gained three seats and 7% of the vote. In that election, Nigel Farage (South East England), Jeffrey Titford (East of England), and Michael Holmes (South West England) were elected.

Over the following months there was a power struggle between the leader, Michael Holmes, and the party's National Executive Committee (NEC). This was partly due to Holmes making a speech perceived as calling for greater powers for the European Parliament against the European Commission. Ordinary party members forced the resignation of both Holmes and the entire NEC and Jeffrey Titford was subsequently elected leader. Holmes resigned from the party itself in March 2000. There was a legal battle when he tried to continue as an independent MEP until resigning from the European Parliament in December 2002, when he was replaced by Graham Booth, the second candidate on the UKIP list in South West England.

UKIP put up candidates in more than 420 seats in the 2001 general election, attaining 1.5% of the vote and failing to win any representation at Westminster. It also failed to break through in the elections to the Scottish Parliament or the Welsh Assembly, despite those elections being held under proportional representation. In 2002 Titford stood down as party leader, but continued to sit as a UKIP MEP. He was replaced as leader by Roger Knapman.

Robert Kilroy-Silk

In late 2004, reports in the mainstream UK press speculated on if or when former Labour Party MP and chat-show host Robert Kilroy-Silk would take control of the party. These reports were heightened by Kilroy-Silk's speech at the UKIP party conference in Bristol on 2 October 2004, in which he called for the Conservative Party to be "killed off" (following UKIP's forcing the Conservatives into fourth place in Hartlepool).

Interviewed by Channel 4 television, Kilroy-Silk did not deny having ambitions to lead the party, but stressed that Roger Knapman would lead it into the next general election. However, the next day, on Breakfast with Frost, he criticised Knapman's leadership. After further disagreement with the leadership Kilroy-Silk resigned the UKIP whip in the European Parliament on 27 October 2004. Initially he remained a member, while seeking a bid for the party leadership. However, this was not successful, and Kilroy-Silk resigned completely from UKIP on 20 January 2005, calling it a "joke". Two weeks later, he founded his own party, Veritas, taking several UKIP members, including both London Assembly members, with him. Kilroy-Silk has subsequently resigned from Veritas.

Ashley Mote

In May 2007, UKIP MEP Ashley Mote was found guilty of 21 charges of fraud. Mote was found guilty of eight charges of false accounting, eight of obtaining a money transfer by deception, four of evading liability and one of failing to notify a change of circumstances, which meant that he had fraudulently received "thousands of pounds" in benefits.[10]

Bob Spink

The party gained its first MP when Bob Spink, who had been sitting as an Independent Conservative, defected in April 2008,[11] however in November 2008 he was redesignated as an Independent, on the grounds that UKIP had no 'whip'[12].[13]

Controversy over proposed constitution changes

In December 2008 the NEC proposed two significant amendments to the UKIP Constitution, to be voted on by UKIP members. However, the amendments caused controversy in the party, some members claiming that their purpose was to prevent members from voting on party business and to allow the unelected Party Chairman to expel members without a hearing.

On 29 January 2009 nine prominent UKIP members published a letter urging party members not to back the proposals,[14] claiming that their only purpose was to centralise more power within the leadership and to reduce democracy and accountability in the party. The members who signed the letter included the former party leader, Roger Knapman MEP, the economist Tim Congdon, the former Conservative MPs Sir Richard Body and Piers Merchant and members of the party NEC Delroy Young, Dr David Abbot and Dr Eric Edmond. Of the four proposals two were defeated.

Nigel Farage expenses disclosure

In May 2009, the Guardian newspaper reported that UKIP's leader, Nigel Farage had said in a speech to the Foreign Press Association that over ten years as a member of the European Parliament he used nearly £2 million of taxpayers' money in expenses and allowances, on top of his £64,000 a year salary.[15]

Former Europe Minister Denis MacShane said this showed that Farage was "happy to line his pockets with gold." Farage called this a "misrepresentation"[16] but welcomed the focus on the issue of MEP expenses, claiming that "Over a five year term each and every one of Britain's 78 MEPs gets about £1 million. It is used to employ administrative staff, run their offices and to travel back and forth between their home, Brussels and Strasbourg."[17]

2009 European Election campaign

On 28 March 2009, the Conservative Party's biggest-ever donor Stuart Wheeler donated £100,000 to UKIP after criticising David Cameron's stance towards the Lisbon treaty and the European Union. He said, "if they kick me out I will understand. I will be very sorry about it, but it won't alter my stance."[18] The following day, 29 March, he was expelled from the Conservative Party.[19]

On 25 April 2009, the Daily Telegraph reported that on the basis of polling evidence, Labour MPs feared being beaten into fourth place by the UK Independence Party in the European Parliament elections, and believed that if this happened, the Prime Minister would have to resign.[20] UKIP subsequently would overtake Labour but a poor Liberal Democrat performance would allow Labour to remain third, and the Prime Minister did not resign.

On 15 May 2009, a YouGov poll conducted for The Sun newspaper showed UKIP as having 15% of the vote for the impending European Elections, only 5% behind the Labour Party. The surge in support was accredited by The Sun to public despair stemming from the MPs' expenses crisis.[21]

2009 leadership election

On 4 September 2009, Nigel Farage made clear his intent to resign as leader of UKIP in order to focus on his Parliamentary campaign against Speaker John Bercow in Buckingham [22], thus prompting a leadership contest.The candidates standing were Nikki Sinclaire [23], Alan Wood, Lord Pearson of Rannoch [24], Gerard Batten and Mike Nattrass.

The ballot closed on 26 November 2009, and Pearson was elected, taking almost half of the votes cast.[9]

Unlawful donations

UKIP accepted over £360 000 in donations from bookmaker Alan Bown and Nightech Limited between 2004 and 2006. The Electoral Commission took the party to court over the matter, as Bown was not on the electoral register and thus not allowed to make donations to a political party. A judge in Westminster Magistrates Court ordered the party to repay £14,481. However, after an appeal by the Electoral Commission, the party was ordered to repay the full amount. The total costs for the party are estimated to be over £750,000 when counting in legal fees.[25][26] An further appeal is currently pending.


Although UKIP's original raison d'être was withdrawal from the European Union it was felt that the public perception of the party as a single-issue party - despite issuing a full manifesto - was damaging electoral progress and Nigel Farage, on becoming leader, started a wide-ranging policy review. His stated aim being 'the development of the party into broadly standing for traditional conservative and libertarian values'.[27] Malcolm Pearson, on becoming leader, built upon Farage's policy review, his fundamental propositions being the introduction of Swiss style referenda and direct democracy at local and national levels,[28] and the opposition to Islamic fundamentalism.[29]

UKIP has subsequently produced detailed policy documents on taxation[30] and education.[31]

British nationality

UKIP believes in civic nationalism and rejects "blood and soil" ethnic nationalism. It believes that Britishness can be defined in terms of belief in democracy, fair play and freedom, as well as traits such as politeness. [32] UKIP also states that it will enthusiastically support teaching of the various Gaelic languages and histories within the UK, in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall, and support local and area heritage across the UK.[33]

UKIP opposes the takeover of major British companies such as the recent takeover of Cadbury's by Kraft and would create a new parliamentary committee that would be given powers to block the sale or merger of companies and to attach conditions, including requiring a UK Government “Golden Share”. [34]

UKIP would replace the May Day bank holiday in England with a St George’s Day bank holiday. It would also restore imperial measures. All media, businesses, schools and colleges would be required to use imperial alongside metric measurements, while still keeping metric for use alongside imperial measurements. [35]

Direct democracy and referenda

UKIP would introduce direct democracy whereby if a fixed proportion of the electorate depending on each constituency (normally 5 per cent) signs a petition demanding a referendum on any major issue which is of concern to them, it shall be granted a referendum within three months for local petitions and six months for national petitions. [36]

Economic policies

UKIP's economic stance is based on what it claims to be the need for much lower taxation in order to compete internationally. It proposes combining income tax and national insurance into a single flat tax at 33 per cent, which it claims would take 4.5 million lower-paid workers out of the income tax system completely.[37] UKIP also proposes cuts in corporation taxes and the abolition of inheritance taxes.[38]

The party also advocates closer economic ties with the Commonwealth of Nations.[39]

Education policy

UKIP's policy paper on education says it regards the aim of education as being to bring out the talents and abilities of every child. The party wants to give schools more freedom to determine their own direction so parents can have a more meaningful choice. It supports education vouchers for parents; would reform the national curriculum to give schools a greater say over subjects taught; and would abolish nationwide testing of children before the age of 11. UKIP supports grammar schools equally with the other kinds of state-funded schools.[40] Lord Pearson, on becoming leader, would go onto propose the introduction of a school voucher system.[28]

UKIP has condemned the Badman Review, which recommends greater regulation of home educators in England, and it supports home education as a parental choice.[41]

Energy and environmental policies

UKIP favours an expansion of nuclear power for reasons of energy security. UKIP is sceptical of global warming as a product of human activity and suggests instead that the current warming is similar to that of previous geological cycles. It does not believe large-scale cuts of carbon emissions are necessary, and also argues that plans to invest in wind power are uneconomic.[42]

UKIP claims to support ways of living and working that reduce waste and avoid unnecessary harm to the environment [43]

Food, farming and the countryside

Animal welfare

UKIP would introduce labelling schemes to imports indicating the methods of production, e.g., battery cages, sow tethers, veal crates, whilst maintaining current levels of British animal welfare. They would use advertising campaigns to educate the consumer about the labelling schemes.[44]

UKIP would look at the present system of import control to find out how it can be strengthened using expert opinion. UKIP state that they will rely on British veterinary and scientific advice in the event of any disease outbreaks including Foot & Mouth and Bovine TB.[45]

GM foods

UKIP is opposed to the production of GM crops in Britain, yet open to scientific research, advice and consumer demand. UKIP would also require all imported GM produce to be labelled as 'genetically modified'.[46]

Identity cards & civil liberties

UKIP are against the planned introduction of identity cards. In December 2004, UKIP affiliated to the anti-ID card campaign, No2ID. Concern for civil liberties also led UKIP to oppose the Civil Contingencies Act 2004,[47] which gives additional powers to the UK Home Secretary in broadly defined "emergency situations". UKIP's Jeffrey Titford MEP condemned the bill as "totalitarian".[48]

Local Government

UKIP seeks to give more powers to local authorities and scrap unelected regional bodies. They would restore the county as a key government with unitaries only where local people prefer them.[49]

UKIP would use city-wide authorities to provide continuity and strategic direction, with counties cooperating on area-wide strategies, where necessary.[50]

Certain powers which have been assumed by regional bodies, such as over fire and emergency services, will be give to counties/unitaries. However, area-wide co-operation across larg scale planning, transport and development will be encouraged.[51]

Relationship with other parties

The Conservatives

Many prominent members of UKIP are former members of the Conservative Party, such as former UKIP leader Roger Knapman - other former Conservative MPs include Jonathan Aitken, Sir Richard Body, Michael Brotherton, John Browne and Christopher Gill. The late Piers Merchant stood as a candidate for UKIP in the 2004 European Elections and was a party official during the last 5 years of his life.

A recent ConservativeHome survey revealed that 43% of surveyed members of the Conservative Party felt that UKIP was the closest party to their views (apart from the Conservative Party itself),[52] with 66% either supporting or sympathising with the Better Off Out campaign. Six Conservative MPs have signed the Better Off Out petition.

In April 2006 Conservative Party leader David Cameron called UKIP members "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists" while talking on LBC radio in London after a question about UKIP using the Freedom of Information Act to force the disclosure of donors. UKIP demanded an apology for the "closet racists" remark and threatened legal action for slander, although this was later dropped, on the grounds that to sue the party would have to prove loss, and the comment had actually had a positive effect for UKIP (due to increased publicity for the small party). Conservative MP Bob Spink criticised his leader's remarks, as did the pro-Conservative Daily Telegraph.[53]

On 9 January 2007, two former Conservative peers defected from the Conservative Party to UKIP. Lords Pearson and Willoughby de Broke joined UKIP as they felt the Conservative Party was not producing policy to support their beliefs. They had previously had the Conservative whip withdrawn when they had encouraged voters to support UKIP. Other high-profile Conservatives have defected to UKIP, but this was the first example of sitting parliamentarians doing so. On 20 January 2007 the Earl of Dartmouth, also a former Conservative member of the House of Lords, defected.[54] On the 19th of December 2009 Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, a former conservative member of the House of Lords, and Advisor to Margaret Thatcher defected to UKIP, Richard Thomas Orlando Bridgeman, 7th Earl of Bradford, also a former Conservative stood for UKIP in 2001 for the UK Parliament seat of Stafford and also in 2004 for the European Elections . On 22 April 2008 Conservative MP Bob Spink defected to UKIP, giving the party its first representative in the House of Commons. Spink didn't actually join from the Conservatives as he had been expelled from the party a few weeks earlier due to a dispute with his local party branch.[55]

In October 2008, the Harrow Road branch of the Conservative party "defected en masse to UKIP".[56] Chairman Jasna Badzak is standing for UKIP in Westminster North.[57]

On 11 January 2010, Tory councillor Andy Monk defected to UKIP, explaining "The Conservative Party no longer represents real conservative values."[58]


In November 2009 John Rice, a Labour Councillor of nine years, defected and announced he would be standing as a UKIP candidate, stating "I am aware that my decision to move from Labour to UKIP will attract some comment, but I reject the view that UKIP is for disillusioned Tories only. And I would also point out that the Labour Party is no longer the left of centre political party of old."[59]

Traditional Unionist Voice

UKIP has an electoral pact in Northern Ireland with Traditional Unionist Voice, a hard-line splinter group from the Democratic Unionist Party that opposes the St Andrews Agreement and is led by former MEP Jim Allister.[60]

British National Party

Buster Mottram, a UKIP member who claimed to represent the BNP, made an offer of a pact between the BNP and UKIP for the 2009 Euro elections after turning up uninvited at a UKIP executive meeting. According to the UKIP website,[61] Mottram "had to be escorted out by uniformed police officers."[62] UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the BBC that there had been an attempt "over many months" to infiltrate and try to "demoralise" UKIP members into thinking there was no future without a deal with the BNP.[63] The BNP confirmed to the BBC that it was behind the approach[63] but later stated that Buster Mottram had never been a member of the BNP and claimed that the pact was his idea alone.[64]

Other political parties

Aidan Rankin, co-author of the party's 2001 manifesto, was once involved with the Third Way.[65]. Additionally, two of the party's former leaders (Alan Sked and Michael Holmes) were former members of the Liberal Party, and a number of UKIP's district councillors have been defectors from the Liberal Democrats and in particular in the last year from the Conservatives.

Ethnic minority members of UKIP

The first ethnic-minority candidate to represent UKIP in a parliamentary by-election was Ashwinkumar Tanna, a pharmacist who had previously been an independent candidate for Mayor of London. He represented UKIP in the Tottenham by-election, 2000; his campaign called for British withdrawal from the EU and fairer treatment for immigrants.

Former TV chef Rustie Lee stood as a UKIP candidate in the 2005 general election and also appeared in the party's election broadcast that year. However, the most senior black member of the UKIP leadership so far has been Delroy Young, another general election candidate, who was elected to the party's NEC in 2006 (coming 2nd out of 46 candidates).

UKIP's only Muslim local councillor to date was Mohammed Yaqub, originally elected as a Conservative to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. He and a colleague defected to UKIP in 2004 but were defeated in their re-election bids a few months later.

In the 2009 European Parliament Elections, there were a number of ethnic minority candidates running for UKIP across the UK, including Rustie Lee and Deva Kumarasiri, a Sri Lankan postmaster who hit the headlines when he refused to serve customers who refused to learn English.[citation needed] Marta Andreasen, an Argentine-born Spanish accountant was elected to the European Parliament as an MEP for the South East region.

The 2009 Elections also saw the election of UKIP's first openly lesbian MEP, Nikki Sinclaire, in the West Midlands region. Later the same year, Sinclaire stood in the election for the leadership of UKIP, coming third.

Current representatives

UKIP has two representatives in the Parliament of the United Kingdom: Lord Pearson of Rannoch and Lord Willoughby de Broke in the House of Lords. It has also had a representative in the House of Commons, Bob Spink, who had the Conservative whip suspended, and subsequently joined UKIP on the 22nd April 2008.[66] In November 2008 he was redesignated as an Independent, on the grounds that UKIP had no 'whip' and has since denied joining them. UKIP has 23 principal authority councillors,[67] and about 70 town and parish councillors.

Thirteen UKIP MEPs were elected to the European Parliament in 2009. They are:

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, Nikki Sinclaire
Yorkshire and the Humber Godfrey Bloom

Leaders of UKIP since 1993

UKIP in the European Parliament

Grouping in the European parliament

In 1999, three UKIP members were elected to the European Parliament. Together with eurosceptics from other countries, they formed a grouping called Europe of Democracies and Diversities (EDD).

In 2004, 37 MEPs from the UK, Poland, Denmark and Sweden founded a new European Parliament group called Independence and Democracy from the old Europe of Democracies and Diversities group. However, following the European Parliament election, 2009, where Eurosceptic parties from Denmark, Sweden and elsewhere lost all representation, the ID group was dissolved.

UKIP have now formed a new right-wing grouping called Europe of Freedom and Democracy comprising of nationalist, eurosceptic, conservative and other political factions. This group is more right wing than the older Independence and Democracy grouping.[68]

Revelations about Jacques Barrot and others

On 18 November 2004, Nigel Farage announced in the European Parliament that Jacques Barrot, the French Commissioner designate, had been barred from elected office in France for two years, after being convicted in 2000 of embezzling £2 million from government funds and diverting it into the coffers of his party.[69] The president of the Parliament, Josep Borrell, enjoined him to retract his comments under threat of "legal consequences".[70] However, the following day it was confirmed that Barrot had received an 8 month suspended jail sentence in the case, and that this had been quickly expunged by the amnesty decided by Chirac and his parliamentary majority. The Commission's president, Jose Manuel Barroso admitted that he had not known of Barrot's criminal record when appointing him as a Commission vice-president.[71] The Socialist and Liberal groups in the European Parliament then joined UKIP in demanding the sacking of Barrot for failing to disclose the conviction during his confirmation hearings.

During the spring of 2005, UKIP formally requested that the European Commission disclose where the individual Commissioners had spent their holidays. The Commission refused, on the basis that the Commissioners had a right of privacy. The German newspaper Die Welt reported that the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso had spent a week on the yacht of Greek shipping billionaire Spiro Latsis. It then emerged that this had occurred only a month before the Commission approved 10.3 million euro of Greek state aid for Latsis' shipping company.[72] It also became known that Peter Mandelson, a member of the Commission, had accepted a trip to Jamaica from an unrevealed source.[73] Farage then persuaded around 75 MEPs from across the political spectrum to back a motion of no confidence in Barroso, in order to compel Barroso to appear before the European Parliament to be questioned on the issue.[74] The motion was successfully tabled on 12 May 2005, and Barroso appeared before Parliament[75] at a debate on 26 May 2005. The motion was heavily defeated. A Conservative MEP, Roger Helmer, was expelled from his group, the European People's Party - European Democrats (EPP-ED) in the middle of the debate by that group's leader Hans-Gert Poettering as a result of his support for the UKIP motion.

In January 2007, Joseph Daul was elected the new leader of the centre-right European People's Party–European Democrats (EPP-ED), the European Parliamentary grouping which at the time included the British Conservatives. UKIP revealed that Daul had been under judicial investigation in France since 2004 as part of an inquiry into the alleged misuse of public funds worth €16 million (£10.6 million) by French farming unions."[76] It was not suggested that Daul had personally benefited, but he was accused of "complicity and concealment of the abuse of public funds." Daul accused Farage of publicising the investigation for political reasons and threatened to sue, but did not do so.

UKIP speeches criticising Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

On 20 December 2005, Tony Blair addressed the European Parliament in a debate to round up the UK's six-month presidency. Nigel Farage responded to Blair with a speech in which he claimed that the result of just-concluded EU budget negotiations had been "game, set and match to President Chirac", adding that Mr Blair had "been outclassed and outplayed at every turn".[77]

In 2009 Gordon Brown, who had succeeded Blair as British Prime Minister, also addressed the European Parliament and again Nigel Farage responded on behalf of UKIP, with a speech in which he attacked Brown, claiming he had reneged on an election pledge to hold a referendum before ratifying the Treaty of Lisbon.[78]

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[[File:|thumb|150px|right|The logo of the UK Independence Party.]]

The United Kingdom Independence Party (often called UKIP, said "yoo-kip") is a political party that wants Britain to leave the European Union.

Current Members

There are currently about 15,000 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, Nikki Sinclaire
Yorkshire and the Humber Godfrey Bloom

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