Ukip members are given an unwelcome reception

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PROTESTERS armed with placards gathered to make their voices heard outside Portsmouth Guildhall yesterday.

Around 100 people stood in Guildhall Square chanting against Ukip’s policies and booing people on their way inside for the question and answer session hosted by Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

They chanted ‘U.K.I.P., Ukip you don’t speak for me’ and ‘Ukip go home, migrants are welcome here’ as well as waving flags and placards.

Jon Woods, president of the Portsmouth TUC, said: ‘We don’t think the problem is immigration. We think the problem is lack of spending on services, cuts to jobs, benefits and wages.

‘The more people see that there is real protest against Ukip the better.

‘They’ve capitalised on people’s hatred of the main political parties.

‘I’m not a big fan of the main political parties myself but there are many of us who are opposed completely to what UKIP stand for. They have terrible policies on immigration but also on tax.

‘It’s important that people know how dangerous UKIP are.’