Theresa May not fazed by Ukip vote

Home secretary ''Theresa May at The News HQ. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143059-3)
Home secretary ''Theresa May at The News HQ. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143059-3)
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THERESA MAY said her party is focused on each of its political rivals leading up to the General Election and is not phased by the rise of Ukip.

It comes after Ukip’s national hierarchy de-selected Douglas Denny as its parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South, fuelling more interest in how the party will fare and its chances in the city come May next year.

Mrs May said: ‘We will go into the General Election as a party and we will be putting forward our vision for the future and how we as a Conservative government will be able to ensure the benefits of the economy recovery can be seen.

‘We will go in and fight every seat and other parties will put up and put forward their proposals.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said she was surprised Ukip had decided nationally to override the Portsmouth branch’s choice of candidate.

‘If you have got a national party picking candidates for a local community, then that’s against certainly the ethics my party has,’ she said. ‘We want people who are going to stand up for their local communities.’

Meanwhile, Ms Mordaunt and Mrs May visited FCC Paragon, in Northarbour Road, Cosham, earlier in the day to see how the company is working to make sure people are eligible to be in the country through carrying out background ID checks.

The pair were keen to see how immigration is being controlled.

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