UKIP leader Nigel Farage has pulled out of an expected walkabout in the centre of Swansea after arguments between UKIP supporters and opponents who'd gathered for his arrival. He's expected to go ahead with a meeting in the city later.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage will arrive in Swansea today as part of his UK wide tour in the run up to the European Elections.
Mr Farage is due hold a walkabout in the city centre and a rally at the Liberty Stadium in the evening.
Welsh Labour have welcomed today's opinion poll that puts them on course for two seats in the European Parliament, with support well ahead of the second placed party, UKIP.
The poll also suggests that if voters were choosing a new Assembly, Labour would slip from 30 seats to 29 in the Senedd, leaving the party outnumbered by the combined opposition.
UKIP's candidate in the European elections, Nathan Gill, has now issued a full response to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood's criticism of UKIP as 'un-Welsh.'
UKIP has begun responding to criticism from Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood. In her speech to Plaid's conference in Cardiff, she's expected to say that 'a vote for UKIP is a vote against Wales.'
UKIP's lead candidate in the European election, Nathan Gill, has taken to twitter to hit back.
The first data from the latest Wales Barometer opinion poll shows UKIP now in second place for the European Election in May. A big increase in the party's support since the last poll in December means it has overtaken the Conservatives. Labour are still well ahead.
- Labour 39% (41% in December)
- UKIP 18% (13% in December)
- Conservatives 17% (20% in December)
- Plaid Cymru 12% (13% in December)
- Liberal Democrats 7% (9% in December)
- Others 7% (4% in December)
Wales has four seats in the European Parliament. At the last election, in 2009, UKIP won a Welsh seat for the first time, with 13% support. The Conservatives, with 21%, Labour on 20% and Plaid Cymru on 19%. each also won a single seat.
If the latest opinion poll figures are repeated on election day, Labour would win the first two seats, UKIP the third seat and the Conservatives the fourth. Plaid Cymru would be without an MEP for the first time since the present voting system was introduced in 1999.
UKIP's MEP for Wales, John Bufton, says Welsh taxpayers will still lose out despite the approval of more than €2bn of European aid. He said:
UKIP has unveiled its Welsh candidates for next year's European Parliament elections. The party currently has one of the four MEPs sent from Wales to Brussels. The four candidates are:
- Nathan Gill
- James Cole
- Caroline Jones
- David Rowlands
UKIP's candidate in last week's Ynys Môn by-election says the party is winning support because it's offering 'a new political voice' in Welsh politics.' Nathan Gill was responding to a Conservative councillor who claims UKIP is winning the votes of traditional Tory supporters in Wales.
UKIP's facing its own internal debate on devolution. Its leader Nigel Farage signalled a major shift in policy when he called for the party to embrace devolution - something not everyone in the party supports. Nathan Gill says it doesn't mean UKIP wants more government in Wales.
In response to a warning from one of the Welsh Conservatives' own councillors that the party risks losing support to UKIP unless it changes its approach to devolution, a spokesperson defended that approach, saying that 'we are doing Conservative things with devolution.'