What is UKIP?

Sign Here! UKIP is the only truly patriotic political party in the United Kingdom: We are proud of our culture. We are always supportive of this country’s Service Personnel and Veterans. We are renowned for saying the politically unsayable.

Did UKIP win control of a local council in 2015?

Also in 2015, UKIP won control of Thanet Council, the first time the party had won control of a local council (apart from town or parish councils). Immediately following the elections in May 2015, UKIP had 494 seats out of a total of 19,385 local council seats in England (excluding the City of London and the Isles of Scilly).

How many MPS does UKIP have in the House of Commons?

UKIP has no Members of Parliament in the House of Commons. The party first had representation for a period in 2008 when Dr Bob Spink, the MP for Castle Point, resigned from the Conservative Party and joined UKIP on 21 April 2008.

How many seats does UKIP have in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland councils. UKIP won three seats in Northern Ireland at the inaugural elections for the new Northern Ireland councils) one each in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon . In the 2019 Northern Ireland local elections, it lost all of its three local councillors.

The political scientists Amir Abedi and Thomas Carl Lundberg characterised UKIP as an “Anti-Political Establishment” party. The party’s rhetoric presents the idea that there is a fundamental divide between the British population and the elite who govern the country. UKIP claims to stand up for ordinary people against this political elite.

How did UKIP become so popular in 2009?

After trust in the mainstream parties was damaged by the parliamentary expenses scandal, UKIP received an immediate surge in support. This helped it in the 2009 European Parliament election, in which it secured 2.5 million votes (16.5%), resulting in 13 MEPs, becoming the second largest party in the European Parliament after the Conservatives.

When did UKIP become the largest party?

The party reached its greatest level of success in the mid-2010s, when it gained two Members of Parliament and was the largest UK party in the European Parliament. UKIP originated as the Anti-Federalist League, a single-issue Eurosceptic party established in London by Alan Sked in 1991.

Where does UKIP compete electorally?

UKIP competes electorally in all four parts of the United Kingdom. In October 2012, UKIP gained its first representation in a devolved Assembly the Northern Ireland Assembly in David McNarry, MLA for Strangford, who had left the Ulster Unionist Party.