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Campaigning was suspended by the major parties for the local elections - because of Lady Thatcher's death. Today, the UK Independence Party brought its message to the region, with its leader telling voters it's time for a change.
UKIP's Nigel Farage told supporters after last month's strong showing at the Eastleigh by-election, it's his party that's now in the frame. At the moment they have NO seats. David Johns reports, with interviews from Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg.
Nigel Farage, speaking at the launch of his election campaign in Tunbridge Wells.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has launched his party's local election campaign in Tunbridge Wells today.
He told ITV Meridian: "No subject has impacted more on working people in the south east than mass immigration from Eastern Europe, every county council having to provide more primary school places, more hospital places, more policing...
I want people to use the second of May to send the Government a message: don't open up the borders next year to the whole of Bulgaria and Romania."
UKIP leader Nigel Farage says that the BBC should play the song Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead.
The song is in the chart after a campaign by anti Baroness Thatcher campaigners following the former Prime Minister's death.
He told ITV Meridian that it shouldn't be banned to "let people see how vile those celebrating her death are".