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South East Ukip MEP suspended over 'serious' financial allegations

Ukip MEP and general election candidate Janice Atkinson Credit: PA

UKIP have suspended one their Southeast MEPs tonight. Janice Atkinson who was elected to the European Parliament last year has been accused of 'allegations of a serious financial nature'.

Ms Atkinson was to have been UKIP's candidate for the Folkestone & Hythe seat in May's General Election.

The party gave no further details about the allegations that led to the removal of the party whip.

We are incredibly disappointed with Ms Atkinson, who appears to have exercised extremely poor judgment in acting in a way that the party has never and would never condone.

The party has acted swiftly and immediately and, just as we showed when we suspended another MEP for financial irregularities, we always maintain a zero-tolerance attitude towards acts of this nature.

– UKIP Party spokesperson

Osborne fails to rule out UKIP deal

Chancellor George Osborne fails to rule out deal with UKIP's Nigel Farage Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

George Osborne has refused to rule out a deal with Ukip after the general election in the event of a hung parliament.

Nigel Farage has said he would prop up a Tory government if the party agreed to stage a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union in 2015.

The Chancellor claimed Mr Farage was trying to 'muddy the waters' and claimed the UKIP leader was 'not a credible participant' in the general election.

Chancellor George Osborne says vote for UKIP was a vote for a Labour government Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

But pressed to rule out a deal, he replied: 'Even engaging with Nigel Farage on this is giving him credibility where he has no credibility.'

The UKIP leader issued David Cameron with a four-point ultimatum on Britain's position in Europe in an extract of his memoirs published by the Sunday Telegraph.

And he said he would bar EU citizens who do not hold a British passport from voting, even though that would include his German wife, Kirsten, and could lead to a legal challenge.

But the UKIP parliamentary candidate for South Thanet reiterated that his party would not enter a formal coalition with the Tories and he was not interested in a 'ministerial car'.

Mr Farage said: 'I would look to do a deal where we would back key votes for them - such as the budget - but in return for very specific criteria on an EU referendum.'

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Clashes on final day of UKIP conference

UKIP's annual conference ended in Margate today with the Party claiming it was more united than ever. Outside the venue there were scuffles between anti-UKIP protesters and competing protesters from the far right. There were no injuries but police say a woman was arrested on suspicion of common assault. The march though was largely peaceful and attracted about 250 people. We hear from UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Transport spokeswoman Jill Seymour.

Comedian Al Murray kick-starts election campaign

Who said politics was boring? The comedian Al Murray arrived in Kent today, to kick start his campaign to get elected as South Thanet's MP.

It's already looking like an interesting fight there - Nigel Farage hopes to win the seat from the Tories too. And with policies like Getting the Channel Tunnel bricked up, and making Thanet the capital of the country, Al Murray's campaign was already likely to attract plenty of attention.

He got off the Javelin at Margate Station, and managed his first photo opportunity outside Dreamland. Trouble is - it was the wrong constituency.

Fred and Sangeeta linked to our Pollitical Correspondent, Phil Hornby.

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Polish plumber furious at Ukip remarks

On the eve of the Rochester and Strood by-election, UKIP candidate Mark Reckless has come under fire for suggesting that migrants settled in Britain could be asked to leave.

In an ITV Meridian hustings debate he was asked what should happen - if Britain left the EU - to a Polish plumber settled in Rochester with his children in local schools. His answer has been described as "the language of repatriation" by political opponents.

Our political reporter Phil Hornby - who presented the debate - reports from Westminster with the latest on the row dominating the final hours of campaigning. Interviewees: Andrzej Charczuk, Polish plumber and Chris Bryant MP, Labour campaign co-ordinator.

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