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North East UKIP member 'considering running for leader'

UKIP member Phillip Broughton has said he is considering running for leadership of the party after Nigel Farage stepped down earlier this week.

Broughton, a former professional wrestler, stood as UKIP's Hartlepool candidate in the 2015 General Election.

Broughton says there's an obvious vacancy as the party's only MP Douglas Carswell has already said he doesn't want the job.

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“I think Nigel has done an amazing job for UKIP. He has made us the third biggest political party in the country, has done an amazing job in giving us our independence back and taking us forward as a nation. A man of passion, belief, who stands by his principles and an all round great guy. Now of course we need to look at who should stand for the leadership of the party and I must say, I am considering it.

We have only got one MP in Douglas Carswell and he has already said he doesn’t want the job. I think I have got the energy and I’ve done a lot of hard work in Hartlepool, I got the fourth best result in the country for UKIP in the general election and came within a whisker of winning and I’ve got a lot to offer.

I’ve been involved in politics and I also have a lot of life experience. I’m considering running, but also for 2020 or if a general election is called soon, but it is still early days. I’m passionate about Hartlepool.”

– Phillip Broughton

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UKIP launch North East campaign

UKIP have launched their North East campaign today (Thursday) in Newcastle.

It is the first time the party will challenge in every constituency in the area.

UKIP say their business friendly policies would make a big difference to an area with the highest unemployment rate in the country, but admit that they have a tough fight in the North East.

Jonathan Arnott MEP, UKP

Stewart Hay, Conservative, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour, and Frank Hindle, Liberal Democrats, respond to the UKIP campaign, which was launched in Newcastle today (Thursday).

Farage visiting the North East for party conference

UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage has set his sights on Hartlepool for a North East breakthrough.

The party leader is in the region this weekend, commencing February 7th for his party’s North East conference.

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The party has had some success in the region in 2013 when they came second in a by-election in South Shields.

Mr Farage has previously told the Hartlepool Mail that, the town is “the best place” to gain a regional breakthrough and that “Hartlepool is very, very interesting. Watch Hartlepool. It is an interesting seat for us in 2015.”

Labour Party calls UKIP 'more Tory than the Tories' after Mayor of Bishop Auckland defects

Councillor Colin Race Credit: Durham County Council

The Labour Party has responded to the Mayor of Bishop Auckland's decision to defected to the UK Independence Party.

They have said the people from the County Durham town will "rightly be questioning the decision" of Councillor Race:

On the day Nigel Farage confirmed his plans to privatise the NHS, people in Bishop Auckland will rightly be questioning the decision of one of their town councillors.

UKIP’s policies include another tax break for millionaires, higher taxes on working families, scrapping rights as at work and higher bankers’ bonuses.

They can’t be described as a party who will stand up for working people. In reality, they are more Tory than the Tories."

– Labour Spokesperson
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