Established parties 'running scared' of Ukip, candidate claims

From left: Shirley Ford (Green Party), Richard Elvin (UKIP), Jude Kirton-Darling (Labour), Ben Houchen (Conservative), and Angelika Schneider (Lib Dem)

From left: Shirley Ford (Green Party), Richard Elvin (UKIP), Jude Kirton-Darling (Labour), Ben Houchen (Conservative), and Angelika Schneider (Lib Dem)

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THE established political parties are running scared of Ukip and doing anything they can to cling on to power, one of the party’s Euro MP candidates has claimed.

Richard Elvin’s inflammatory comments fired the starting gun on what looks set to be the North-East’s hardest fought Euro election campaign ever, after a ComRes poll predicted Ukip would top May 22’s national vote with 30 per cent, ahead of Labour (28), the Conservatives (21) and the Liberal Democrats (8).

In the North-East, Labour were at 41 per cent, ahead of Ukip (31), the Tories (14) and the Lib Dems (7).

That would mean the Tories and Lib Dems both losing their single seat, with Labour winning two and Ukip the third.

Ahead of a hustings in Durham tonight (Monday, March 17), Mr Elvin said: “There’s a changing landscape in British politics and the established parties are running scared.

“They have had it their own way for far too long and they will do anything they can to cling on to power.”

Mr Elvin, who finished second in recent Westminster by-elections in South Shields and Middlesbrough, said leaving the European Union would save the UK millions of pounds every day.

Labour’s Judith Kirton-Darling said Ukip’s policies were “barmy”, including lifting the ban on handguns and imposing deeper austerity cuts.

Mr Elvin said he was not aware of the alleged handgun policy and while cuts were necessary, money currently sent to Europe could, under an independent UK, be invested in this country.

Conservative Ben Houchen said Ukip could not deliver change in the EU and only a Tory majority government would deliver an in-out referendum.

Lib Dem Angelika Schneider said voters had a “stark choice” between her party and Ukip and accused Ukip MEPs of failing to represent the North-East in Brussels.

Mr Elvin said MEPs had very little power as all laws originated from the European Commission.

Shirley Ford, for the Green Party, said accused Ukip of supporting a flat 30 per cent tax rate.

Mr Elvin said his party was considering a flat tax rate, but this would mean the lowest-paid taking home more money.

The debate was held at Durham University tonight (Monday, March 17).

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10:46pm Mon 17 Mar 14

neuromancer says...

He said, she said......the landscape of politics in the UK is changing.
Politics is the sport of the elite, the middle class complain they are not being heard and the working class complain about being working class?

Politics is universal. Comment is free. Discuss....
He said, she said......the landscape of politics in the UK is changing. Politics is the sport of the elite, the middle class complain they are not being heard and the working class complain about being working class? Politics is universal. Comment is free. Discuss.... neuromancer
  • Score: 5

8:19am Tue 18 Mar 14

Copley23 says...

Established parties 'running scared' of Ukip, candidate claims.

Yeah, I'd run too.......they do seem to be a little 'odd'.
Established parties 'running scared' of Ukip, candidate claims. Yeah, I'd run too.......they do seem to be a little 'odd'. Copley23
  • Score: -19

9:09am Tue 18 Mar 14

JudeKD says...

Strange that Elvin doesn't know his parties' policies or maybe they are so nuts that he's not willing to admit to them.
Here on lifting the ban on handguns http://www.telegraph
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Strange that Elvin doesn't know his parties' policies or maybe they are so nuts that he's not willing to admit to them. Here on lifting the ban on handguns http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/politics /ukip/10595087/Hand- guns-should-be-legal ised-and-licensed-Ni gel-Farage-has-said. html JudeKD
  • Score: -23

11:19am Tue 18 Mar 14

Rasselas says...

What is inflammatory about the comments? Is it because they were uttered by a UKIP candidate?
The main two and a half parties are running scared because UKIP represents the thoughts of most of the disaffected electorate.
The press love a "loony " story from UKIP They fail to recognise the dangerous and criminal activities of the Labour and Conservative parties at the expense of a "man bites dog" UKIP piece of tittle tattle.
I suppose that is the price of success in the polls.
What is inflammatory about the comments? Is it because they were uttered by a UKIP candidate? The main two and a half parties are running scared because UKIP represents the thoughts of most of the disaffected electorate. The press love a "loony " story from UKIP They fail to recognise the dangerous and criminal activities of the Labour and Conservative parties at the expense of a "man bites dog" UKIP piece of tittle tattle. I suppose that is the price of success in the polls. Rasselas
  • Score: 34

1:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Brimstone52 says...

It seems that Mr Elvin is right. All the comments reported are anti-UKIP, none are promoting their own policies.
It seems that Mr Elvin is right. All the comments reported are anti-UKIP, none are promoting their own policies. Brimstone52
  • Score: 22

1:19pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Brimstone52 says...

Copley23 wrote:
Established parties 'running scared' of Ukip, candidate claims.

Yeah, I'd run too.......they do seem to be a little 'odd'.
Why is standing up for the UK and its people "odd"?
[quote][p][bold]Copley23[/bold] wrote: Established parties 'running scared' of Ukip, candidate claims. Yeah, I'd run too.......they do seem to be a little 'odd'.[/p][/quote]Why is standing up for the UK and its people "odd"? Brimstone52
  • Score: 26

2:21pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ritamoralee says...

yesterday I received a labour eu. election flyer through my letterbox. nothing on it re: Europe just "join us! sign up for your postal vote today": with an application form on the back encouraging me to fill it in,send it back to them,no stamp needed and they will send it to my local council. I wonder why the labour party are so keen to have us all postal voting???
yesterday I received a labour eu. election flyer through my letterbox. nothing on it re: Europe just "join us! sign up for your postal vote today": with an application form on the back encouraging me to fill it in,send it back to them,no stamp needed and they will send it to my local council. I wonder why the labour party are so keen to have us all postal voting??? ritamoralee
  • Score: 19

6:22pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Spy Boy says...

A lot of parties are worried about UKIP and are feeling the wind of change blowing. Don't be fooled though, UKIP may come out with lots of statements that we can agree with, but their agenda is like one of Darlington's roads, full of potholes. Please be sure you have the whole picture before voting.

On the other hand, Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems need to clean up their own act. We still have thieves and liars sitting in Parliament. As a breed , they couldn't even get into Crufts. They disgust me and I'm sure a lot of other people feel the same. So, if you want to stop the UKIP menace, take a reality check, honour election promises and actually work for ALL the people in your constituency.
A lot of parties are worried about UKIP and are feeling the wind of change blowing. Don't be fooled though, UKIP may come out with lots of statements that we can agree with, but their agenda is like one of Darlington's roads, full of potholes. Please be sure you have the whole picture before voting. On the other hand, Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems need to clean up their own act. We still have thieves and liars sitting in Parliament. As a breed , they couldn't even get into Crufts. They disgust me and I'm sure a lot of other people feel the same. So, if you want to stop the UKIP menace, take a reality check, honour election promises and actually work for ALL the people in your constituency. Spy Boy
  • Score: 0

8:41am Wed 19 Mar 14

Traser says...

UKIP wishes to abolish paid sick leave for workers and also paid maternity leave.

UKIP also wants to stop immigration. 40% of NHS employees are 'immigrants' - so UKIP will seriously damage the NHS.

I won't be voting UKIP.
UKIP wishes to abolish paid sick leave for workers and also paid maternity leave. UKIP also wants to stop immigration. 40% of NHS employees are 'immigrants' - so UKIP will seriously damage the NHS. I won't be voting UKIP. Traser
  • Score: -12

8:44am Wed 19 Mar 14

Traser says...

Brimstone52 wrote:
Copley23 wrote: Established parties 'running scared' of Ukip, candidate claims. Yeah, I'd run too.......they do seem to be a little 'odd'.
Why is standing up for the UK and its people "odd"?
UKIP standing up for UK people?

By abolishing paid sick leave and paid maternity leave.

Yes, that is a very odd definition of standing up for UK people.

Tell that to a UK person of working age who is suffering from cancer or a struggling, hardworking young couple who are exepcting their first child.
[quote][p][bold]Brimstone52[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copley23[/bold] wrote: Established parties 'running scared' of Ukip, candidate claims. Yeah, I'd run too.......they do seem to be a little 'odd'.[/p][/quote]Why is standing up for the UK and its people "odd"?[/p][/quote]UKIP standing up for UK people? By abolishing paid sick leave and paid maternity leave. Yes, that is a very odd definition of standing up for UK people. Tell that to a UK person of working age who is suffering from cancer or a struggling, hardworking young couple who are exepcting their first child. Traser
  • Score: -8

9:03am Wed 19 Mar 14

tubgut says...

Everyone should vote it's one of the few occasions we have of expressing our view. All of the usual suspects are lining up to take a shot at UKIP. A little inward reflection by LIB-LAB-CON is required what have they managed to achieve in the past two decades. Education from 3rd to 27th in the league table? NHS many managers in place who clearly don't have the appropriate skills, in some cases failing people with tragic results another success? Front line staff do a great job and have to be applauded, Banks we own them but cant stop rewarding failure, They have to pay bonuses to retain staff who have clearly failed let them go in fact help them on their way.
Change is required ask the existing to change no hope we need to start again if not UKIP vote for the Green anyone other than what we have.
Everyone should vote it's one of the few occasions we have of expressing our view. All of the usual suspects are lining up to take a shot at UKIP. A little inward reflection by LIB-LAB-CON is required what have they managed to achieve in the past two decades. Education from 3rd to 27th in the league table? NHS many managers in place who clearly don't have the appropriate skills, in some cases failing people with tragic results another success? Front line staff do a great job and have to be applauded, Banks we own them but cant stop rewarding failure, They have to pay bonuses to retain staff who have clearly failed let them go in fact help them on their way. Change is required ask the existing to change no hope we need to start again if not UKIP vote for the Green anyone other than what we have. tubgut
  • Score: 3

9:50am Wed 19 Mar 14

Politics1 says...

Traser wrote:
UKIP wishes to abolish paid sick leave for workers and also paid maternity leave.

UKIP also wants to stop immigration. 40% of NHS employees are 'immigrants' - so UKIP will seriously damage the NHS.

I won't be voting UKIP.
Correction.

UKIP want control over immigration not stop it. Immigration to a certain extent is needed to help bring in skills that we may be short on.

If UKIP lower the amount of people coming into the country it will ease the already strained NHS somewhat.

And one more thing for you my friend...If UKIP are so bad how come the conservitives just passed a law saying they can close any NHS hospital and no one seems to have noticed?

If you are going to debate UKIP please try to be factually correct.
[quote][p][bold]Traser[/bold] wrote: UKIP wishes to abolish paid sick leave for workers and also paid maternity leave. UKIP also wants to stop immigration. 40% of NHS employees are 'immigrants' - so UKIP will seriously damage the NHS. I won't be voting UKIP.[/p][/quote]Correction. UKIP want control over immigration not stop it. Immigration to a certain extent is needed to help bring in skills that we may be short on. If UKIP lower the amount of people coming into the country it will ease the already strained NHS somewhat. And one more thing for you my friend...If UKIP are so bad how come the conservitives just passed a law saying they can close any NHS hospital and no one seems to have noticed? If you are going to debate UKIP please try to be factually correct. Politics1
  • Score: 14

12:44pm Wed 19 Mar 14

behonest says...

Traser wrote:
UKIP wishes to abolish paid sick leave for workers and also paid maternity leave.

UKIP also wants to stop immigration. 40% of NHS employees are 'immigrants' - so UKIP will seriously damage the NHS.

I won't be voting UKIP.
A quite dishonest statement on UKIP immigration policy. UKIP do not want to stop immigration. And NHS employees are NHS employees, no-one is talking about sending NHS workers home! Stop scaremongering.

It's these constant smearing attempts against UKIP that makes me absolutely certain that I'll be voting UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]Traser[/bold] wrote: UKIP wishes to abolish paid sick leave for workers and also paid maternity leave. UKIP also wants to stop immigration. 40% of NHS employees are 'immigrants' - so UKIP will seriously damage the NHS. I won't be voting UKIP.[/p][/quote]A quite dishonest statement on UKIP immigration policy. UKIP do not want to stop immigration. And NHS employees are NHS employees, no-one is talking about sending NHS workers home! Stop scaremongering. It's these constant smearing attempts against UKIP that makes me absolutely certain that I'll be voting UKIP. behonest
  • Score: 13

3:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

behonest wrote:
Traser wrote:
UKIP wishes to abolish paid sick leave for workers and also paid maternity leave.

UKIP also wants to stop immigration. 40% of NHS employees are 'immigrants' - so UKIP will seriously damage the NHS.

I won't be voting UKIP.
A quite dishonest statement on UKIP immigration policy. UKIP do not want to stop immigration. And NHS employees are NHS employees, no-one is talking about sending NHS workers home! Stop scaremongering.

It's these constant smearing attempts against UKIP that makes me absolutely certain that I'll be voting UKIP.
Hear, Hear!!
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Traser[/bold] wrote: UKIP wishes to abolish paid sick leave for workers and also paid maternity leave. UKIP also wants to stop immigration. 40% of NHS employees are 'immigrants' - so UKIP will seriously damage the NHS. I won't be voting UKIP.[/p][/quote]A quite dishonest statement on UKIP immigration policy. UKIP do not want to stop immigration. And NHS employees are NHS employees, no-one is talking about sending NHS workers home! Stop scaremongering. It's these constant smearing attempts against UKIP that makes me absolutely certain that I'll be voting UKIP.[/p][/quote]Hear, Hear!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 8

3:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

What do you expect ?, when you read recently about the ***Massive*****THE LONDON BOROUGH FOUR MILLION POUND,' British Free British STATE BENEFIT FRAUD which has been running for ****TWENTY YEARS. ONE HUNDRED MAKE-BELIEVE FICTICIOUS CHILDREN INVENTED by 'overseas people living in our host country', it has cost the British Working Taxpayer UNTOLD MILLIONS. It begs the questions ?,....what were the inept 'London Benefit Fraud Offices' doing throughout these twenty years, what a shocking disgrace and an affront to the British Working Taxpayers.. Yet if a decent law-abiding citizen submits a 'Tax return' late you are Fined £2OO. What pathetic systems we have in Britain now, as much use as a 'Chocolate Fireguard'. ;UKIP' here I come.
What do you expect ?, when you read recently about the ***Massive*****THE LONDON BOROUGH FOUR MILLION POUND,' British Free British STATE BENEFIT FRAUD which has been running for ****TWENTY YEARS. ONE HUNDRED MAKE-BELIEVE FICTICIOUS CHILDREN INVENTED by 'overseas people living in our host country', it has cost the British Working Taxpayer UNTOLD MILLIONS. It begs the questions ?,....what were the inept 'London Benefit Fraud Offices' doing throughout these twenty years, what a shocking disgrace and an affront to the British Working Taxpayers.. Yet if a decent law-abiding citizen submits a 'Tax return' late you are Fined £2OO. What pathetic systems we have in Britain now, as much use as a 'Chocolate Fireguard'. ;UKIP' here I come. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 9

4:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Spybot....I have a great idea, get the bone idle long-term workshy off the Dole, off their butts, give them a 'pick and shovel and 1000 Tonnes of Tarmac' and GET THEM to FILL the POTHOLES IN. They can *****EARN**** their workshy Free State Benefits for a change and please,.... no whinging about supposed 'bad-backs' and 'too much oppressed hard work'
Spybot....I have a great idea, get the bone idle long-term workshy off the Dole, off their butts, give them a 'pick and shovel and 1000 Tonnes of Tarmac' and GET THEM to FILL the POTHOLES IN. They can *****EARN**** their workshy Free State Benefits for a change and please,.... no whinging about supposed 'bad-backs' and 'too much oppressed hard work' cushybutterfield
  • Score: 4

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