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UKIP distance themselves from Katie Hopkins Aylan Kurdi comments

UKIP have moved to distance themselves from comments made by Katie Hopkins at their conference in Doncaster.

Controversial Hopkins claimed that a photo of drowned refugee boy, Aylan Kurdi was 'staged':


Katie Hopkins: Photo of washed up Aylan was 'staged'

Television commentator and UKIP supporter, Katie Hopkins, has courted controversy at the party's conference in Doncaster.

The outspoken personality told ITV Calendar's Political Correspondent, Paul Brand, that the recent photo of a 3-year-old refugee's body that washed up on a beach was 'staged'.

UKIP prepare for annual conference

On the eve of UKIP's two-day annual conference at Doncaster Racecourse, Nigel Farage says his party's failure to win any of the predicted seats in our region at the General Election in May doesn't matter because they and all Euro-sceptics got the prize of a referendum on Europe. He says he and his party will now be campaigning to persuade the public to vote to quit the EU.


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Farage unveils £18bn 'tax giveaway'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has pledged an £18 billion "tax giveaway", which he says will spark "real dynamic growth" in the British economy.

His proposed tax cuts include:

  • No tax on the minimum wage up to £13,000
  • Raise threshold on 40p to £50,000 a year
  • Introduce a new 30p tax band for those earning between £45,000 and £50,000
  • Remove inheritance tax
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Watch live: Ukip launches 'serious, fully-costed' manifesto

Ukip launches its general election campaign manifesto today, setting out what it claims are "serious, fully-costed policies" for people who "believe in Britain".

Among the expected pledges are a £12 billion boost for the NHS, a five-year ban on unskilled migrants, and a referendum on EU membership "as soon as possible".

Watch the announcement live here from 11.15am:

Ukip leader Nigel Farage comes to Lincolnshire

The Nigel Farage election bandwagon rolled into Lincolnshire today to be greeted by protestors, supporters and at least one reality TV star in the shape of Joey Essex.

The Ukip leader is targeting a number of seats in the region and today he promised trawlermen in Grimsby that if they voted for the party, and its policy of quitting the EU, it would put the Great back into Grimsby's fishing industry.

Michael Billington reports:

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