UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott has announced today that he is standing down from the party’s leadership campaign.Read the full story ›
Jonathan Arnott - the UKIP MEP for the North East has received his first endorsement in his bid to be leader of the party.
I'm pleased to announce that John Whittaker has endorsed my campaign for UKIP leader. Next endorsement at 8am. https://t.co/rFCdLWLODf
The North East MEP has launched his bid to replace Nigel Farage as the UKIP leader.Read the full story ›
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.
“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.”
UKIP won three more seats on Hartlepool Council in Thursday's election taking their total to five.
Party leader Nigel Farage says what has happened there could happen across the North East.
UKIP gain two seats from Labour in Hartlepool - more results from Hartlepool as we get them.
Aftab Ahmed is facing jail after threatening to behead David Robinson-Young after receiving a Ukip leaflet through the post.Read the full story ›
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).
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.
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.”
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."