Ukip leader Nigel Farage to visit Portsmouth

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage is coming to Portsmouth to launch the party’s south-east European elections campaign.

The outspoken politician will hold a press conference at Portsmouth Guildhall on the morning of Monday, April 28.

He will talk about the 10 Ukip candidates running for all 10 south-east England European Parliament seats on May 22 and the party’s growth in Hampshire.

He will then visit Havant and have lunch before talking at a public meeting again in the evening at the Guildhall.

Other Ukip representatives will be present.

Leader of Ukip in Hampshire Ray Finch said he was looking forward to the high-profile occasion.

‘What this will do is recognise how we did in the county elections last year, where we had 20 per cent of the vote, he said.

‘We now have 10 county councillors in Hampshire.

‘Ukip is growing in this area all the time. For a long time, we didn’t really have a big presence in Portsmouth and now we are running a full set of candidates at both the local and European elections.

‘The Lib Dems and the Tories let Portsmouth down in closing the dockyard.

‘We feel that Portsmouth has a huge working-class population who are very patriotic and we’re the only party that speaks for them.’

The news of the visit comes after he was locked in his second TV debate with deputy prime minister Nick Clegg this week over Britain’s future in Europe.

During the hour-long clash on BBC2, the Ukip leader accused Mr Clegg of ‘wilfully lying’ about how many laws were imposed on the UK by the EU, and warned the EU would break up ‘very unpleasantly’ if it did not end democratically.

Mr Farage warned that immigration had been a ‘disaster’ and left the ‘white working-class effectively as an underclass’.

A YouGov poll revealed 68 per cent of viewers thought Mr Farage won the latest debate, 27 per cent went for Mr Clegg and five per cent didn’t know. Mr Farage got the backing of 57 per cent in the first TV show.

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