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UK Independence Party
Welsh name Plaid Annibyniaeth y DU
Secretary-General Jonathan Arnott
Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP
Executive chairman Steve Crowther
President Jeffrey Titford
Founded 3 September 1993
Headquarters Newton Abbot, Devon
Youth wing Young Independence
Membership  (2013) Increase 30,000
Ideology Euroscepticism
Right-wing populism
Political position Right-wing
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group Europe of Freedom and Democracy
Colours Purple and Yellow
House of Commons
1 / 650
House of Lords
3 / 724
European Parliament
9 / 73
Local government
226 / 21,259
Police & Crime Commissioners
0 / 41
Politics of the United Kingdom
Political parties
Nigel Farage MEP 1, Strasbourg - Diliff
Nigel Farage was the leader of the UK Independence Party until May 2015

The United Kingdom Independence Party (often called UKIP, said "you-kipp") is a political party in the United Kingdom. Its policies promote conservatism, classical liberalism, libertarianism, national conservatism, and Euroscepticism. Their only real policy is said to be that they want the UK to leave the European Union.

The party was founded in 1993, and they first won seats in the European Parliament in 1999. They won 3 seats in 1999, which was increased to 12 in 2004 and 13 in 2009. It is now 9. The party does not do well under Britain's 'First-past-the-post' system of elections and only has one seat in the British House of Commons, although they received 3.8 million votes (12.6% of the total vote) at the 2015 UK General Election.

Supporters of UKIP mostly believe in the following things:

  • - The United Kingdom should leave the European Union.
  • - There should be more referendums on certain issues.
  • - British people should not have to carry ID cards.

In 2008 UKIP banned people who used to be members of the British National Party (BNP) from joining.

On 9 October 2014 Douglas Carswell became UKIP's first elected MP.

May 2014 elections

In the May 2014 local elections UKIP got 30% of the vote in Sunderland. The party gained 155 seats in the country.

2015 General Election

UKIP came third in the May 2015 General Election, after the Labour Party and the Conservative Party. The party got 12.9% of the vote and gained one seat.

Current Members

There are currently over 40,000 people who are members of the UKIP. Of these, some are politicians. Thirteen of them are members of the European Parliament.

East Midlands Derek Clark
East of England David Campbell-Bannerman, Stuart Agnew
London Gerard Batten
North West England Paul Nuttall
South East England Nigel Farage, Marta Andreasen
South West England Trevor Colman, Earl of Dartmouth
Wales John Bufton
West Midlands Mike Nattrass
Yorkshire and the Humber Godfrey Bloom

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