Cameron warns against Ukip vote

Blackpool Citizen: David Cameron warned against voting for Ukip. David Cameron warned against voting for Ukip.

David Cameron has warned voters that Nigel Farage and the UK Independence Party (Ukip) cannot be trusted in European elections next month.

The Prime Minister branded Ukip "extremists" and insisted they would not "stand up" for Britain's interests in Brussels.

But he also admitted to being worried that "apathy" could play a major part in the result.

The comments came as Mr Cameron launched the Tories' campaign for the local and Euro contests on May 22, and tried to draw a line under the damaging expenses row that claimed Maria Miller's scalp.

The Conservative leader argued that his was the only party with a "clear plan" - "r enegotiate, get the best deal for Britain, then put the decision to the British people".

"Looking at the other parties, there are effectively two extremist camps," he said.

"One says 'We love the European Union'.

"The other says 'We hate the European Union'.

"One says 'We want things to stay the same'.

"The other says 'Let's just walk away from the EU'.

"But in all this there are three words they are missing, three words that sum up everything we are about in Europe.

"Britain's. National. Interest. British jobs. British opportunities. British livelihoods.

"And our argument is you don't maximise those interests by saying everything's fine in Europe, you don't maximise those interests by walking away from Europe, you get the best for Britain by rolling up your sleeves and fighting for real change in Europe."

Turning his fire specifically on Mr Farage, who is aiming to drain votes from the Tories and top the poll, the premier went on: "When it comes to standing up for Britain in Europe, is there anyone you would trust less than a group of Ukip MEPs?

"They talk the talk in Britain - but as soon as they're on that plane to Brussels they change completely.

"When they do actually bother to vote, they don't stand up for Britain indeed their own leader has said they 'cannot change a thing in Brussels'."

Interviewed earlier on BBC Radio Norfolk, Mr Cameron said "apathy" was his main fear in the Euro contest. He insisted he had already managed to bring in reforms in the EU, such as cutting the budget and vetoing a treaty that was not in Britain's interests.

"There is no opposition that worries me. What worries me is people being apathetic and thinking you can't change things in Europe," he said.

"You can."

Mr Cameron was trying to bounce back after a torrid week that eventually saw him jettison his culture secretary under pressure from backbenchers.

In another setback, one of the party's vice-chairman, Michael Fabricant - who has previously mooted an electoral pact with Ukip - was sacked last night.

The Lichfield MP said he refused a request from Conservative chairman Grant Shapps to quit after his prominent condemnation of Mrs Miller and opposition to the HS2 rail project.

The Prime Minister was forced to admit in the Commons that he had underestimated the continuing depth of public anger about expenses, five years after the original scandal over abuses broke.

Mrs Miller's departure defused a potentially hostile meeting between Mr Cameron and Tory backbenchers yesterday evening.

A senior Tory source said the mood in the 1922 Committee was one of "relief". MPs had been up in arms about the leader's refusal to despatch Mrs Miller, complaining that they were being berated by voters when out campaigning.

Mr Cameron told the gathering the party now needed to concentrate on four big fights - the local and European elections, the Scottish referendum and the general election.

"The Budget shows when we talk about the economy we can do it," he said.

A ComRes poll for ITV News suggested that Mr Cameron's public standing may have been weakened by his handling of the affair.

Some 63% thought he had dealt with the problem badly, compared to just 8% who said he had done well.

The figures were little better among Tory voters, with 50% critical and 15% believing he had performed adequately.

Labour leader Ed Miliband accused the Prime Minister of a "terrible error of judgment" in failing to sack Mrs Miller immediately after the publication of last week's Commons Standards Committee report.

And Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who travelled to Mrs Miller's Basingstoke seat in a sign that his party will target a high-profile scalp in next year's election, said: "I think it reflects very badly on David Cameron that he has completely misjudged the public mood on this."

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8:15am Thu 10 Apr 14

cosmick says...

So you start off saying D.C is starting the EURO campain, then go on to cover the MILLER con woman story.
So you start off saying D.C is starting the EURO campain, then go on to cover the MILLER con woman story. cosmick
  • Score: 4

8:43am Thu 10 Apr 14

isthisit says...

No real choice but to vote UKIP !!!
No real choice but to vote UKIP !!! isthisit
  • Score: 14

10:36am Thu 10 Apr 14

Copperhead says...

Camoron( sic ) is missing the point when trying to discourage people from voting for UKIP.
It is the unchecked immigration from the EU, coupled with our having to accept laws and regulations made in Brussels that is making voters see UKIP as a party that is in-tune with their concerns and wishes.
The LibLabCon establishment are, by and large, in love with the concept of a United States of Europe. Partially, they see it as a gravy train for their own post-Westminster careers. Many of those in the Westminster bubble are also committed to a multi-racial and multi-cultural society for their own ideological reasons. And, of course, there are those who see Eastern European immigrants as a source of cheap labour.
They all ignore the wishes, desires and ideals of the majority of UK voters who don't like the way Britain has been changed by membership of the EU, not to mention NuLabour's opening up of our borders to all and sundry.
UKIP know this and the voters understand that UKIP are now speaking for them, whereas the liberal-left elite who have done so much to change the UK against the wishes of the native population, are NOT even listening to them, let alone speaking for them.
I hope UKIP THRASH the LibLabCon cartel in the Euro-elections AND in next year's general election.
Jobs won't disappear and neither will our industries - there are 60,000,000 people in the UK which is a big market for the rest of the EU and things will continue as before if and when we leave the so-called " single market ". Plus we will be free to trade more with our historical markets such as the Commonwealth, leading to even more growth in the UK.
But this time, the jobs will be filled by British workers and NOT by foreigners.
Camoron( sic ) is missing the point when trying to discourage people from voting for UKIP. It is the unchecked immigration from the EU, coupled with our having to accept laws and regulations made in Brussels that is making voters see UKIP as a party that is in-tune with their concerns and wishes. The LibLabCon establishment are, by and large, in love with the concept of a United States of Europe. Partially, they see it as a gravy train for their own post-Westminster careers. Many of those in the Westminster bubble are also committed to a multi-racial and multi-cultural society for their own ideological reasons. And, of course, there are those who see Eastern European immigrants as a source of cheap labour. They all ignore the wishes, desires and ideals of the majority of UK voters who don't like the way Britain has been changed by membership of the EU, not to mention NuLabour's opening up of our borders to all and sundry. UKIP know this and the voters understand that UKIP are now speaking for them, whereas the liberal-left elite who have done so much to change the UK against the wishes of the native population, are NOT even listening to them, let alone speaking for them. I hope UKIP THRASH the LibLabCon cartel in the Euro-elections AND in next year's general election. Jobs won't disappear and neither will our industries - there are 60,000,000 people in the UK which is a big market for the rest of the EU and things will continue as before if and when we leave the so-called " single market ". Plus we will be free to trade more with our historical markets such as the Commonwealth, leading to even more growth in the UK. But this time, the jobs will be filled by British workers and NOT by foreigners. Copperhead
  • Score: 10

11:38am Thu 10 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Copperhead wrote:
Camoron( sic ) is missing the point when trying to discourage people from voting for UKIP.
It is the unchecked immigration from the EU, coupled with our having to accept laws and regulations made in Brussels that is making voters see UKIP as a party that is in-tune with their concerns and wishes.
The LibLabCon establishment are, by and large, in love with the concept of a United States of Europe. Partially, they see it as a gravy train for their own post-Westminster careers. Many of those in the Westminster bubble are also committed to a multi-racial and multi-cultural society for their own ideological reasons. And, of course, there are those who see Eastern European immigrants as a source of cheap labour.
They all ignore the wishes, desires and ideals of the majority of UK voters who don't like the way Britain has been changed by membership of the EU, not to mention NuLabour's opening up of our borders to all and sundry.
UKIP know this and the voters understand that UKIP are now speaking for them, whereas the liberal-left elite who have done so much to change the UK against the wishes of the native population, are NOT even listening to them, let alone speaking for them.
I hope UKIP THRASH the LibLabCon cartel in the Euro-elections AND in next year's general election.
Jobs won't disappear and neither will our industries - there are 60,000,000 people in the UK which is a big market for the rest of the EU and things will continue as before if and when we leave the so-called " single market ". Plus we will be free to trade more with our historical markets such as the Commonwealth, leading to even more growth in the UK.
But this time, the jobs will be filled by British workers and NOT by foreigners.
Copperhead couldn't have put it better my self, well spoken, like a true British Patriot....we need more of our people to make the change happen, LIB-LAB-CON have had their day, between them they have very nearly destroyed our Country, forget the rest vote for the best and put British people first, Ukip or the BNP, get control of our COUNTRY back from foreigners....
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Camoron( sic ) is missing the point when trying to discourage people from voting for UKIP. It is the unchecked immigration from the EU, coupled with our having to accept laws and regulations made in Brussels that is making voters see UKIP as a party that is in-tune with their concerns and wishes. The LibLabCon establishment are, by and large, in love with the concept of a United States of Europe. Partially, they see it as a gravy train for their own post-Westminster careers. Many of those in the Westminster bubble are also committed to a multi-racial and multi-cultural society for their own ideological reasons. And, of course, there are those who see Eastern European immigrants as a source of cheap labour. They all ignore the wishes, desires and ideals of the majority of UK voters who don't like the way Britain has been changed by membership of the EU, not to mention NuLabour's opening up of our borders to all and sundry. UKIP know this and the voters understand that UKIP are now speaking for them, whereas the liberal-left elite who have done so much to change the UK against the wishes of the native population, are NOT even listening to them, let alone speaking for them. I hope UKIP THRASH the LibLabCon cartel in the Euro-elections AND in next year's general election. Jobs won't disappear and neither will our industries - there are 60,000,000 people in the UK which is a big market for the rest of the EU and things will continue as before if and when we leave the so-called " single market ". Plus we will be free to trade more with our historical markets such as the Commonwealth, leading to even more growth in the UK. But this time, the jobs will be filled by British workers and NOT by foreigners.[/p][/quote]Copperhead couldn't have put it better my self, well spoken, like a true British Patriot....we need more of our people to make the change happen, LIB-LAB-CON have had their day, between them they have very nearly destroyed our Country, forget the rest vote for the best and put British people first, Ukip or the BNP, get control of our COUNTRY back from foreigners.... welshmen
  • Score: 5

12:56pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ian923 says...

He may have been "educated " at a public school but it appears to have beaten out any sliver of common sense Cameron may have had. Any right minded person would have sacked Miller as soon as the Standards authority declared their judgement.I am also confused as to to why the figure declined from about £45,00 to about £5000. She should have been forced to return the larger amount.Cameron has shot himself in the foot with his indefensible decision not to sack Miller and doesn,t even seem to realise it.
He may have been "educated " at a public school but it appears to have beaten out any sliver of common sense Cameron may have had. Any right minded person would have sacked Miller as soon as the Standards authority declared their judgement.I am also confused as to to why the figure declined from about £45,00 to about £5000. She should have been forced to return the larger amount.Cameron has shot himself in the foot with his indefensible decision not to sack Miller and doesn,t even seem to realise it. ian923
  • Score: 6

1:37pm Thu 10 Apr 14

cosmick says...

welshmen wrote:
Copperhead wrote:
Camoron( sic ) is missing the point when trying to discourage people from voting for UKIP.
It is the unchecked immigration from the EU, coupled with our having to accept laws and regulations made in Brussels that is making voters see UKIP as a party that is in-tune with their concerns and wishes.
The LibLabCon establishment are, by and large, in love with the concept of a United States of Europe. Partially, they see it as a gravy train for their own post-Westminster careers. Many of those in the Westminster bubble are also committed to a multi-racial and multi-cultural society for their own ideological reasons. And, of course, there are those who see Eastern European immigrants as a source of cheap labour.
They all ignore the wishes, desires and ideals of the majority of UK voters who don't like the way Britain has been changed by membership of the EU, not to mention NuLabour's opening up of our borders to all and sundry.
UKIP know this and the voters understand that UKIP are now speaking for them, whereas the liberal-left elite who have done so much to change the UK against the wishes of the native population, are NOT even listening to them, let alone speaking for them.
I hope UKIP THRASH the LibLabCon cartel in the Euro-elections AND in next year's general election.
Jobs won't disappear and neither will our industries - there are 60,000,000 people in the UK which is a big market for the rest of the EU and things will continue as before if and when we leave the so-called " single market ". Plus we will be free to trade more with our historical markets such as the Commonwealth, leading to even more growth in the UK.
But this time, the jobs will be filled by British workers and NOT by foreigners.
Copperhead couldn't have put it better my self, well spoken, like a true British Patriot....we need more of our people to make the change happen, LIB-LAB-CON have had their day, between them they have very nearly destroyed our Country, forget the rest vote for the best and put British people first, Ukip or the BNP, get control of our COUNTRY back from foreigners....
Make sure that all the UKIP voters are rergistered to vote ,Get the ukip signs up and start to reclaim our country.For the sake of your KIDS and GRANDCHILDREN.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Camoron( sic ) is missing the point when trying to discourage people from voting for UKIP. It is the unchecked immigration from the EU, coupled with our having to accept laws and regulations made in Brussels that is making voters see UKIP as a party that is in-tune with their concerns and wishes. The LibLabCon establishment are, by and large, in love with the concept of a United States of Europe. Partially, they see it as a gravy train for their own post-Westminster careers. Many of those in the Westminster bubble are also committed to a multi-racial and multi-cultural society for their own ideological reasons. And, of course, there are those who see Eastern European immigrants as a source of cheap labour. They all ignore the wishes, desires and ideals of the majority of UK voters who don't like the way Britain has been changed by membership of the EU, not to mention NuLabour's opening up of our borders to all and sundry. UKIP know this and the voters understand that UKIP are now speaking for them, whereas the liberal-left elite who have done so much to change the UK against the wishes of the native population, are NOT even listening to them, let alone speaking for them. I hope UKIP THRASH the LibLabCon cartel in the Euro-elections AND in next year's general election. Jobs won't disappear and neither will our industries - there are 60,000,000 people in the UK which is a big market for the rest of the EU and things will continue as before if and when we leave the so-called " single market ". Plus we will be free to trade more with our historical markets such as the Commonwealth, leading to even more growth in the UK. But this time, the jobs will be filled by British workers and NOT by foreigners.[/p][/quote]Copperhead couldn't have put it better my self, well spoken, like a true British Patriot....we need more of our people to make the change happen, LIB-LAB-CON have had their day, between them they have very nearly destroyed our Country, forget the rest vote for the best and put British people first, Ukip or the BNP, get control of our COUNTRY back from foreigners....[/p][/quote]Make sure that all the UKIP voters are rergistered to vote ,Get the ukip signs up and start to reclaim our country.For the sake of your KIDS and GRANDCHILDREN. cosmick
  • Score: 6

3:20pm Thu 10 Apr 14

MSG says...

He had to sack her as the bad publicity was running on and on which I thought was great. D C's role in it all was awful. I hope it made a few more potential Tory voters consider voting UKIP on 22nd May.

3 UKIP votes in this house towards a north east MEP..
He had to sack her as the bad publicity was running on and on which I thought was great. D C's role in it all was awful. I hope it made a few more potential Tory voters consider voting UKIP on 22nd May. 3 UKIP votes in this house towards a north east MEP.. MSG
  • Score: 0

4:38pm Thu 10 Apr 14

arlbergbahn says...

"British jobs. British opportunities. British livelihoods."
When have you, or any government since the Thatcherite revolution, cared about any of those things if they can get the products or services so much cheaper on the "Global Market"?
"British jobs. British opportunities. British livelihoods." When have you, or any government since the Thatcherite revolution, cared about any of those things if they can get the products or services so much cheaper on the "Global Market"? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Thu 10 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

As Camoron almost immediately moved to amend the way we vote in this country as soon as he got his PM status, maybe if he is so worried about voter apathy, he will take on board the way to change that apathy...Compulsory voting .

When ALL are forced to attend the polling booth, or send in a postal vote, there will be no reason to worry about apathy.

Turnout will of an instant become less of an issue, even if many spoil their papers. Sufficient will actually make the effort to rationalise who to vote for to make the overall turnout worthwhile..

Somehow I don't think either the the Tory- Lib, Lab or Ukip will like it, but who cares?....., well I do for one, as I see the fact that low turnouts have been giving us the crap governments we have had, especially here in Wales, where the last referendum on devolution was a farce, and the one for Police Commissioners a disaster, with at least one ward returning NO votes at all.

So Camoron, how about it, let's see if you have the cojones to institute compulsory voting.
As Camoron almost immediately moved to amend the way we vote in this country as soon as he got his PM status, maybe if he is so worried about voter apathy, he will take on board the way to change that apathy...Compulsory voting . When ALL are forced to attend the polling booth, or send in a postal vote, there will be no reason to worry about apathy. Turnout will of an instant become less of an issue, even if many spoil their papers. Sufficient will actually make the effort to rationalise who to vote for to make the overall turnout worthwhile.. Somehow I don't think either the the Tory- Lib, Lab or Ukip will like it, but who cares?....., well I do for one, as I see the fact that low turnouts have been giving us the crap governments we have had, especially here in Wales, where the last referendum on devolution was a farce, and the one for Police Commissioners a disaster, with at least one ward returning NO votes at all. So Camoron, how about it, let's see if you have the cojones to institute compulsory voting. varteg1
  • Score: -1
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