Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Is Rob Adlard a ‘committed’ Euro sceptic? If so, UKIP may be of assistance in your campaign
UKIP to back Eurosceptics in other parties
The UK Independence Party have said they will not campaign against election candidates from other parties who are "committed" Eurosceptics.
Speaking at the party's manifesto launch in London, leader Lord Pearson said UKIP will actively support six Tories and one Labour candidate.
He would not feel guilty about stopping a Tory government because it would mean "five more years of integration".
UKIP are fielding 550 candidates in a bid to win their first MP.
The party, which campaigns for withdrawal from the European Union, want to transfer two million public sector jobs to the private sector, cut taxes and get rid of National Insurance altogether.
Lord Pearson said that without withdrawing from the EU, the UK would be unable to tackle "the deplorable and very worrying state of our economy".
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that EU membership cost the country "colossal figures on the economic side", with some estimates suggesting a figure of up to £120bn a year.
Lord Pearson said his party would not run for Westminster seats against other candidates that were genuinely Eurosceptic, and would put up billboards urging people to vote for them.
The BBC's Brian Wheeler, at the manifesto launch, said that meant standing aside in contests against six Tories, one Labour MP, and two Independents.
In Stroud, held by Labour's David Drew at the last election, the UKIP candidate has in his election address asked people to vote for Mr Drew if possible.
The party said the Conservative candidates they will not campaign against are Philip Davies in Shipley, Douglas Carswell in Clacton, Janice Small in Batley and Spen, Alex Story in Wakefield and Philip Hollobone in Kettering.
Neither will they challenge independent Bob Spink in Castle Point.