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
The polls have closed in the Ynys Môn by-election and counting the votes is getting underway to decide who will be Anglesey's new AM. Sources in different political parties are all predicting that Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth will hold the seat.
Speculation centres on Plaid's majority -the party's defending the 10% lead of its former leader Ieuan Wyn Jones at the 2011 Assembly election- and on how well UKIP will perform. It's thought that the Conservatives, who came second two years ago, will be the main casualties of any UKIP advance.
That could put Labour, who need a win to secure a Senedd majority, in second place. The Lib Dems lost their deposit in 2011 and will be doing well to improve on that performance when the results are declared at about 2am. They can hope that Socialist Labour will finish behind them in last place.
The UK Independence Party has signalled a major shift in policy. National leader Nigel Farage says the time's come to embrace devolution and back the National Assembly of Wales. But it hasn't gone down well with everyone inside his party. Owain Phillips reports.