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.
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.
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.
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.
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