United Kingdom Independence Party facts for kids
|UK Independence Party|
|Welsh name||Plaid Annibyniaeth y DU|
|Deputy Leader||Paul Nuttall MEP|
|Executive chairman||Steve Crowther|
|Founded||3 September 1993|
|Headquarters||Newton Abbot, Devon|
|Youth wing||Young Independence|
|European Parliament group||Europe of Freedom and Democracy|
|Colours||Purple and Yellow|
|House of Commons|
|House of Lords|
|Police & Crime Commissioners|
|Politics of the United Kingdom
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.
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|
|North West England||Paul Nuttall|
|South East England||Nigel Farage, Marta Andreasen|
|South West England||Trevor Colman, Earl of Dartmouth|
|West Midlands||Mike Nattrass|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Godfrey Bloom|
Images for kids
UKIP poster in Exeter in 2009: "Say NO to Unlimited Immigration"
A UKIP candidate campaigning in the run-up to the 2010 general election
Douglas Carswell was the first elected Member of Parliament for UKIP
UKIP office in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Farage with France Arise leader Nicolas Dupont-Aignan in Strasbourg, February 2013
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