Nigel Farage plans Ukip manifesto launch in Ed Miliband’s Doncaster
After European elections victory, Ukip leader says ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’ and promises answers on NHS and cost of living.
Nigel Farage will launch an audacious attempt to steal Labour’s clothes by unveiling his manifesto in Ed Miliband’s seat of Doncaster and promising answers on the cost-of-living crisis and the NHS.
In a speech in central London to mark his victory in the European elections, Farage said his party had not yet reached its peak, and reeled off a raft of seaside and market towns where Ukip hopes to win parliamentary seats next year.
“If any of you think you’ve seen the high watermark of Ukip, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” he said. “Our small party isn’t so small any more.”
Farage listed as potential targets Great Grimsby and Boston in Lincolnshire, Folkestone and Thanet in Kent, Portsmouth, Eastleigh, Plymouth, Aylesbury and parts of Cambridgeshire in the south, as well as Rotherham in the north.
In a particular warning to Miliband, the MEP said he had chosen Doncaster as the perfect place to launch Ukip’s general election manifesto in September, having disowned all of the party’s policies from 2010.
The Ukip leader said protecting the NHS and tackling the cost of living were two key aims, in a move calculated to win votes off Labour. Although polls show the clear majority of Ukip’s votes come from former Conservatives, Farage has repeatedly insisted that his party is eating into Miliband’s vote.
“We have already been doing substantial work on the NHS, on defence, on education, on public spending and other areas, and we will unveil our outline manifesto for the next general election, and we will do it in a town called Doncaster,” Farage said.
- The Guardian,