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UKIP chairman defends party's controversial poster

Chairman of UKIP Steve Crowther has defended his party's controversial poster published last week showing a queue of migrants arriving at a Euro border.

Speaking at one of the last debates of the Referendum campaign Mr Crowther joined the founder of pub chain JD Wetherspoon Tim Martin in Exeter to put across their Brexit views.

They are debating against Musician and activist Billy Bragg and former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw.

Those wishing to leave the UK are on the left, while those campaigning for a remain vote are on the right

When questioned on the controversial ad campaign, Mr Crowther stated the EU had not got a mechanism or ability to stop the flow of migrants - which was what the poster was showing.

But Molly Scott-Cato MEP, said posters like that were spreading fear, adding that it was necessary to separate EU migrants from genuine refugees that were pictured in the poster.

She added the UK was a country that helps refugees and does not turn its back.

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UKIP leader visiting Gloucester for 'Say No to the EU'

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage is due in Gloucester later Credit: PA: Anna Gowthorpe

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage is due in Gloucester later on his "Say No to the EU" tour of the country.

Mr Farage is holding a public meeting on the planned referendum at the GL1 leisure centre this evening.

He hopes to gather support for the party's campaign for the UK to leave the European Union.

Scrap the Severn Bridge tolls, say UKIP

Nigel Farage launches UKIP's campaign to scrap the tolls. Credit: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

UKIP say tolls should be scrapped once the Severn bridges return into public ownership.

The Government says VAT will be scrapped on charges in 2018, but on a visit to the Welsh side of the bridge today, UKIP's leader Nigel Farage called for the fee to be completely abolished.

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School mistakenly lists UKIP as a racist organisation

The slide featuring UKIP alongside far right groups was used in a class discussion about tolerance Credit: SWNS

A school in Bristol has apologised for listing UKIP as a racist organisation in a lesson.

The party was featured on a slide of far-right groups for a discussion about tolerance. Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe says it was a mistake and has taken steps to ensure it won't happen again.

The school says it has apologised to UKIP which has thanked it for its "prompt and appropriate response".

The slide was used in a class discussion about community relationships and tolerance, and was designed to stimulate debate among our pupils.

It was a mistake for UKIP to have been listed along with the other groups, and I have apologised to the party for its inclusion.

The reference has been removed from the slide and the teacher concerned has apologised and we have taken steps to ensure it will not reappear in future.

– Mark Davies, Chief Executive, Bridge Learning Campus

Asian mayor says his views are more in line with UKIP

A former Mayor of Gloucester and Sikh immigrant has defected from Labour to UKIP.

59-year-old Harjit Gill moved to the UK from India in the 1970s, and became Gloucester's first Asian mayor in 2007. He says that despite being a member of the Labour Party for 20 years, he feels his views are much more in line with UKIP.

First Asian mayor of Gloucester joins UKIP

A former Mayor of Gloucester and Sikh immigrant has defected from Labour to UKIP.

59-year-old Harjit Gill moved from India to the UK in the seventies for an arranged marriage.

He works as a Postmaster and became Gloucester's first Asian mayor in 2007.

Harjit Gill at his mayor-making in 2007 Credit: ITV News

Mr Gill says despite being a member of the Labour Party for 20 years, he feels his views are in line with what UKIP wants. His wife Jasminder remains a Labour Gloucestershire County councillor.

I was in the Labour party for 20 years. But more and more I think my views are in line with what UKIP want.

I think Britain should be out of the European Union. We are in the back seat there.

I have spoken with Nigel Farage many times and we agree on a lot. They need a strong person to talk to them.

I'm not worried - UKIP is changing a lot. If there are people with views that are racially prejudiced, I will challenge them.

– Harjit Gill
Harjit Gill says he will challenge any racially-prejudiced views within UKIP Credit: ITV News
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