I have been called today by dozens of our supporters and members who are horrified by Plaid Cymru Leader, Leanne Woods claim that somehow to vote UKIP means that you are un-Welsh.
We understand that Plaid Cymru is afraid of losing their coveted MEP, as a recent ITVWales/YouGov opinion poll shows that UKIP are now polling 20%, well above Plaid.
However, for the party to descend to gutter politics and mud slinging is bigoted and outrageous. They are very much one of the establishment parties, and have now closed ranks with the LibLabCon in trying to attack UKIP and our supporters, instead of presenting their own case.
Are Plaid Cymru really saying that the 100,000 of people in Wales who will be voting UKIP on May the 22nd are not Welsh?
And who was it who made Leanne Wood and Plaid Cymru the arbiters of who is and isn’t Welsh?
Jonathan Edwards, the Plaid Cymru MP showed the true colours of Plaid Cymru politics by attacking our Wales Rugby Captain, Sam Warburton, questioning his captaincy just because he feels that he is British.
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.
Signing over such a huge amount of money to the EU is a disastrous move, not least for taxpayers in Wales who will undoubtedly be left hugely out of pocket once again.
In the last funding period, Wales’ taxpayers paid £1.65 for every £1 received back in structural and cohesion funding and under this new EU budget we are likely to see more of the same.
Cohesion funds constitute 34% of the EU spending budget which means we are talking about €325 billion over the next seven years – this figure should really get people thinking about the extortionate cost attached to our membership of the EU.
It’s not just the Tories we are taking votes from. It’s Labour too. You just have to look at the results of the Ynys Mon by election to see that. But this isn’t about one policy that is turning people to vote for us. It’s about there being a new political voice in what is otherwise a stagnant status quo in politics, not just in Cardiff but in Westminster too. People are waking up to the fact that we openly and bravely tackle the big issues and there is nothing wrong with voting for us. We are not an alternative for disenchanted Conservatives, we are a genuine alternative for all voters.
What we are saying is the Assembly Government needs to be streamlined. It needs to be cost effective and it needs to be delivering. However since its establishment The Welsh Assembly has seen public services deteriorate, poverty increase and standards of living drop. That’s a real problem. But UKIP want to challenge the establishment and shake up the way politics works, not just in Brussels, or Westminster but in the Senedd too. Our recent increase in popularity reflects a general public who are crying out for that.
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.'
Citing devo-scepticism as a reason for this result is an odd observation – given UKIP’s recent loud calls for far more Assembly powers, tax and criminal justice devolution to Wales, and a federal Britain.
The Welsh Conservatives are the only party in Wales consistently bringing forward innovative new policies – from reversing the decline of the high street, to boosting financial support for small businesses, to growing the nationalised Cardiff Airport and helping Welsh taxpayers get their money back.
We are doing Conservative things with devolution – that’s the way forward and that’s what will make Wales a global success.
With a record 14 Assembly Members we are the official opposition and we will continue holding a failing Labour government to account.
Conservative councillor David Fouweather's is warning party leaders to 'wake-up' to the concerns of traditional supporters who he says are turning to UKIP because they're concerned about further devolution to Wales.
A senior Welsh Conservative is warning his party's leadership that traditional supporters are turning to UKIP because of concerns about the Assembly gaining further powers.
In an interview with ITV Cymru Wales, Newport Councillor David Fouweather says the Tories' poor result on Anglesey, in which they came fourth behind UKIP, should be a wake-up call. He says many Conservative supporters in Wales feel their concerns about devolution aren't recognised.
And he says the party leadership needs to 'return to Conservative values' or risk losing seats in the Assembly and European elections.
We have a problem with UKIP and it needs to be addressed. UKIP, I believe, are attracting our support. They're attracting those Conservatives who are anti-Assembly, who are anti-Europe and they're giving those people an opportunity to vote.
– Cllr David Fouweather, Conservative, Newport council