Turn other cheek, Farage tells Ukip

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Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Nigel Farage said a “very dirty, nasty” general election campaign is in prospect as he welcomed two former Conservative councillors to Ukip’s ranks.

The Ukip leader said the campaign was already getting “very personal”, with Tories and Labour trading insults, but he urged his party to “turn the other cheek”.

Mr Farage spoke in Rochester, Kent, where he welcomed former Medway Tory councillors Tom Mason and Vaughan Hewett to Ukip to stand in May’s local elections.

With Rochester and Strood Ukip MP and Tory defector Mark Reckless by his side, Mr Farage said: “It’s going to be a very dirty, nasty general election campaign. It’s already getting very personal.

“Every day we see these volleys being thrown at David Cameron from one side and then the other side throw it back at Ed Miliband.

“And everyone seems to throw it at me on a daily basis. Our job is to turn the other cheek, to rise above it and to say what we are for.”

Mr Farage said the defection of Mr Mason and Mr Hewett takes to four the number of Ukip members on Medway Council, making them the third largest group.

Irishman Mr Mason, a former farmer, is the longest-serving councillor on Medway Council, according to Mr Reckless.

Mr Mason said one of the reasons he defected from the Conservatives was because he had been treated “very badly” by the local party.

“I feel very offended and very upset, and they have gone down drastically in my estimation,” he said. “I’m very happy to be joining Ukip today.”

Mr Hewett said he left the Tories in May last year to become an independent, citing the “arrogance” of his ex-Medway Conservative colleagues as one of the reasons why he left.

He said: “Ukip actually listen to people, they stand up for the residents that they represent. That’s the basic principal of my life.”

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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