35 comments for “Ukip end election campaign in Eastleigh

  1. Rosie
    May 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Pleased to see that Nigel Farage/UKIP took my advice on a previous post here and inserted the words “control of” on the banner in the video, lol. Though the Romanian neighbour comment and a recent interview with one or more UKIP representatives on local radio will have put many people off voting UKIP now. Why doesn’t he keep everyone (including himself) quiet and just let Diane James do the talking?!

    • Blazeaway
      May 22, 2014 at 9:38 am

      UKIP in Eastleigh have already won these elections – whatever the results.

      I’m a former Labour Party activist from another part of the country and am amazed at how UKIP members in Eastleigh have built a party from literally nothing.

      Congratulations to Diane James, congratulations to Nigel Farage – but, above all, congratulations to the ordinary party members who must have worked their socks off to give the people of Eastleigh a real choice.

      I have to say I like the Eastleigh News. I’m a former journalist and only wish that my local paper had the imagination and application that Eastleigh News staff display.

      • May 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

        Many thanks for the kind words here, and to everybody else who has commented so far.

        There’s more to write-up and some video footage to post too. The Twitter timeline, if you go back over it, also gives a reasonable picture of what happened on the night. Hopefully we managed to get something online for the readers of Eastleigh News to wake up to this morning, which gave the basic picture. The detail and the analysis is to follow.

        UKIP, as somebody says here, didn’t do too badly. They certainly had the Lib Dems worried.
        Unfortunately the overall results, in terms of seats won, doesn’t reflect that.

        More later…!

        • May 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

          It wasn’t unfortunate for the Lib Dems or Conservatives!

  2. Sue
    May 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    well done Eastleigh news for this report. The election result tomorrow will be interesting. I do agree with the protestor who spoke at the beginning of the report though. The generation of all the hatred towards foreign workers etc is very disturbing. People are being squeezed by austerity and their anger re this is being misdirected I feel.

    • Rigel
      May 28, 2014 at 7:49 am

      I agree sue

  3. May 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    A splendid evening that saw Diane James come out to attack the liblabcon party after UKIP has endured and parried the unsavoury smear tactics, just one of the things that this election will be remembered for along with the liblabcon preferring to discuss next years general election. I guess they know when they have been beaten!!!

    It was interesting to see some east european chaps there to watch Nigel and applaud him at the end. Unlike the unsavoury leftie demonstrators outside who could only spout their vile and hateful bile as decent people made their way in to the hall. Surprisingly, there wasn’t that many of the great unwashed carrying out their right of law full democratic protest.

    Nigel Farage and UKIP have made politics interesting and honorable in taking the issues to the voting public the absence of other the parties. One has to ask why Nick Clegg hasn’t put his head over the parapet since his TV EU debate drubbing, except to attack UKIP.

    Or why David Cameron himself still has not fought his parties corner over EU membership, except to say that he will renegotiate the UK’s terms and conditions, something that can only occur with the consensus of the other EU member states. It wont happen.

    Ed Miliband continues to live in the shadow of former and and more articulate Labour leaders through his inactivity to also talk in support of EU membership.

    For all of the negative rhetoric and innuendos that nigel farage and UKIP have taken, is it any wonder that the pendulum is swinging away from the the old parties and towards a new dawn in UK politics. At last, there is some excitement and the feeling that we the people can actually change the way this country is run through UKIP. The Peoples Army.

    • Sue
      May 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      “the great unwashed”? “vile and hateful bile”? etc It seems to me you are using the smears etc that you accuse others of using re UKIP? On several articles re UKIP I have asked what their policies actually are? For example Labour have said they will repeal the Health and social care Act. This is a top priority for me. What will UKIP do re the NHS?

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        May 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

        Yes, come on John!
        That’s no way to talk about Labour activists – remember you were one once yourself!

        • May 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          if you read the recent article in the Guardian, Tim Aker confirmed UKIP’s commitment to an NHS free at the point of delivery. A stark contrast to Labour wanting to charge people £10 a month to use the NHS.

          As for Labour activists… if all they can do is shout and holler obscene one liners at people going to take part in an orderly political gathering, it beggars belief that they would get upset. Little wonder they are now a small insignificant rump on the political scene in Eastleigh.

        • May 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

          Hi Sue
          Please check http://www.ukip.org and the statement by Tim Aker. We’re growing tired of the utter lies published by our opponents, who are now desperate to spread misinformation about us.

          • Sue
            May 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

            if the Health and social care Act is not repealed then the NHS “free at point is use” is gone :0( Having a huge chunk of tax payers money skimmed off as profit for private companies will make it unsustainable. Then an “aging population” etc will be blamed and even the most “reluctant” govts will introduce top up charges, vouchers, or various fees to make ends meet. They will have to! I think the Labour Party and the Green Party are the only parties saying they will repeal this Act? Other parties seem to be saying they support a free NHS while watching it sink.

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        May 22, 2014 at 12:23 am

        Tim Aker says:

        “Westminster should decide on maternity and worker rights – not the EU. ”

        Doesn’t that suggest they are going to scrap EU worker rights?

  4. May 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    A good report and a great interview Stephen, with Farage clearly very relaxed in that situation.

    The public figures that I have interviewed over the last few weeks have all been equally relaxed, but it comes across much better in the video form than it does in the written word.

    Saves a lot of time on transcription too…!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks Ray.

      It still takes a lot of time editing though – no time saving really but hard do both.

      Written reports more thorough but you get a better idea of what it was like with video.

      The reason I’m pushing out a lot of video at the moment is because it’s part of my broadcast journalism course.

      • May 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        Hi Steve
        “Anti-social, lazy underachiever”
        Oh yeah! Not from what I witnessed yesterday.
        Good work Steve and good luck with your hard copy publication launch.
        Hopefully next year we’ll give you much more to report!
        John (the bus driver)

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          May 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

          Cheers John,

          When I woke up yesterday if someone had said

          “Later on today you will be driven through Eastleigh in a purple open top double-decker in the rain, in the company of a BBC film crew”

          I would never have believed them.

          Pleasure to meet you, see you next time!

  5. Pete Stewart
    May 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm


    UKIP was created by the electorate and only the electorate decide whether UKIP has merit.

    So if UKIP is growing fast, it’s because the electorate has decided UKIP will grow fast.

    Last night’s prolonged standing ovation for Nigel is an omen of what is about to happen.

    The local elections will be staggering enough, but come Sunday night when the EU election results are announced, the EU establishment will be shaken to its foundations. Babel will not survive much longer.

    Thanks to the electorate, Britain is leaving the EU in slow motion. Once it’s official, we can open the windows and savour our first deep breaths of fresh air for 40 years.

  6. May 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    A good night for UKIP & the EFD.
    Sam Snook

  7. May 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I hope these guys lose tomorrow, their attitude is appalling. I’ll just leave this here:


  8. Pete Stewart
    May 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Sue,

    Our free NHS is being destroyed by open EU borders. The latest EU immigration figures show why.

    In the year ended March 2014, the numbers of National Insurance numbers issued to EU migrants were:

    Rumania: 47,000 (up 161% from 18,000) .

    Bulgaria: 18,000 (up 63.6% from 11,000).

    Poland: 102,000 (up 12.1% from 91,000).

    If mass EU immigration continues at this rate, within 10 years the increased financial demand on the NHS will be so great, British taxpayers will refuse to fund it through increased taxes. Then we will lose the most precious part of the NHS: Free service at the point of delivery.

    • Rigel
      May 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      These are ONS figures Pete , from here:
      please if you can , reference your source in future.

      It is interesting that you dump Italians off the list , and just leave eastern european ( or slavic ) countries . Does Italian immigration not fit the agenda ? Is this your prejudice showing through ?

      It is austerity and our top heavy demographics that make it harder for the NHS to cope , is it fair for me to say ‘with all these old people using up resources there won’t be an NHS in the future’ ? or ‘with all these cancer patients clogging up the……..’

      It’s a fantastic wheeze to try and blame our economic decline on something other than westminster and the city but I won’t let you – all these migrants are paying taxes , they probably need very little treatment from the NHS

      To say ‘In ten years, NHS finances will be buoyed by increased revenue from young healthy EU workers (if immigration continues)’ is more valid perhaps What about smokers or the obese ?.are they an unacceptable burden?

      What about all the Eastern Europeans working in the NHS and care homes etc ? happily exchanging thier skills for an average wage where Brits have little interest – without this how much more expensive would the NHS be ?

      also lets not forget we can get such benefits in eu countries , Pah you may say – but I guarantee some percentage of these migrants will marry UK residents and in 10 years british grandparents will be visiting Romania etc and there is all the expats in Spain.

      look at the expense of PFI on the NHS !!!! but thats good old British PFI isn’t it Pete…

      The fact is the net impact of these migrants on the NHS is nil, nada nic zero and this is the case with the whole EU question – it doesn’t matter – because there is a pack of Hyenas running this country and any power the Ukippers repatriate will be abused by our government to a similar if not greater degree.

      I think as soon as the Tobin tax, ratified by the EU already, is forced onto the city Cameron and Farage will slip out the back door to protect the interests of their benefactors, what do you think of the Tobin Tax Pete?

      • May 30, 2014 at 11:24 pm

        Waiting for Peters reply to-Rigel.

  9. col crookhunter
    May 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    It is strange that Eastleigh has again voted Lib Dem, bucking the trend in most other areas. The Lib Dems are very pro EU and yet the EU shut the Ford Transit factory by funding non-EU Turkey to take it over. Why did that not bother locals? Also the roads are chaos with so many cul de sacs and unnecessary traffic lights. No wonder the ambulance response time is not too good. If they are so keen on immigration in Eastleigh, maybe they can have a few more estates built their to house them and give the rest of us with some green space.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

      But how would voting Ukip, indeed how would a Ukip council or even government, prevent the EU from subsidising corporations like Ford to relocate from UK?
      They can’t stop it can they?

  10. Michael
    May 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    By leaving the EU, we would be free to subsidise industries. We cannot do that now, although Brussels turns a blind-eye to other nations that do. The UK also contributed to the fund to help Turkey get the business. Thanks for replying to me.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

      So you think UK taxpayers would be happy to subsidise ‘lazy’ ford workers?

      I remember the letters in the Echo when this was suggested – a particular bone of contention being the wages Ford workers earned.

      “My neighbour works there – he gets £40k sat on his a*se reading a newspaper while nurses get s*d all” etc

      What if the EU offers a bigger bribe?

      What if GM, Honda and Nissan all decide they want a subsidy too?

  11. Michael
    May 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

    It is the fact that we cannot control our borders that is the big concern. Eastern Europeans, excepting the beggars, are fine by me. The EU cannot give in on this though as the master plan is no nations. We will be regions of the EU, that is why we vote in Regions for the EU and Prescott forced the EU Regional fire stations HQs on us, at great cost.

  12. May 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    UKIP Nigel Fails to publish his allowances……….again.
    Sam Snook

  13. michael
    May 28, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    All MEPs get the same allowances. They are allowances, not expenses!

  14. Pete Stewart
    May 30, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Rigel. I didn’t omit Italian immigration through prejudice, but to highlight the immigration GROWTH RATES of Bulgaria and Rumania, with Poland as a comparison.

    Actually I reversed the BBC list which was based on immigrants coming in now, rather than growth rates which will be far more significant if they hold over the next two years.

    But since YOU brought it up, should we be concerned about Italian immigration? Is there lots of cheap labour coming in from Italy?

    As for PFI, what makes you think I support it? I don’t. I detest it. I suggest you read George Monbiot’s “Captive State” to see why.

    Are you saying if we go to eastern EU states, we can get the same benefits as available in Britain?

  15. Rigel
    June 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I have read Captive State , it’s on my bookshelf , it says that universities have been taken over by money and town centres have been taken over by supermarkets, our railways and hospitals have been subsumed ,the government and all our civil institutions have been captured by …………Financial Institutions , They have stopped serving the people and started serving the wealthy elites as investments.

    it does not , as i remember it, centre blame on the EU and certainly not migrants. It is the City of London that has corrupted our institutions , the rot is in the centre of our apple Pete . We will agree on these things probably and I am mad at UKIP because they do not target the real enemy.

    I do not think the EU is a good institution Pete it is as corrupt as all the rest ,I don’t even think its crazy calling it the 4th Reich , I would not just advocate leaving it I would advocate destroying it, but Westminster is not some choirboy unwillingly forced into it’s streetgang – The EU itself is captured by the Financial Elites and they are centred in the city of london and Farage is thier offspring it seems.

    UKIP make a revolt against our captors harder , the votes you take, using campaigns of xenophobia, set our liberation back a decade or more, because your agenda is set by those in power – to split their opposition , to divide and conquer – UKIP is not a revolution , you are dupes. Syriza is the revolution ,Alexis Tsipras , in Greece because he targets the IMF he’s going to win and then take the chair of the EU !

    I can’t believe that you have read captive state and then spend your life moaning about Romanians – UKIP’s position on the Tobin Tax will show us where they stand – a transaction tax will hurt the speculators (the PFI mongers) of course the EU would probably spend the money on something daft ,(it should be spent on High speed rail or VHTR power stations etc) but Gold is where you find it !

    Please Pete, dump UKIP and help the rest of us form an inclusive opposition with a sound ideological basis which can get power back to the people.

    • Sue
      June 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      this is more the way I am leaning Rigel. I would like us out of the EU but UKIP to me seem just like another Tory party who would support the big money in London. I havent read “Captive State” ——– maybe I should try. But the trouble is most people wont read much at all and just seem to want easy targets to blame for everything :0(

  16. June 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Thousands of Italian prison’s of war were shipped into the UK during the second world war. At Eastleigh they worked in the C/F area, repairing our public highways. Peter, you can’t count these people as immigrant’s or cheap labour.

    Sue, Farage will not leave the EU-he wants to be “President of Europe” if he left the EU he would loose millions. An MP? with his track record of Booze-Fags and Women.

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