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Protest planned locally as UKIP hold conference

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Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP pictured at a press conference in the Guildhall, Portsmouth. 

Picture: Allan Hutchings (141244-496) PPP-140428-165417001

141244_FARAGE_28/4/14 Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP pictured at a press conference in the Guildhall, Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141244-496) PPP-140428-165417001

A protest rally is being organised for tomorrow morning at the start of the one day United Kingdom Independence Party in Eastbourne.

The party is holding its south east area gathering at the Congress Theatre throughout the day and controversial leader Nigel Farage is expected to address the conference.

But Eastbourne resident Ben Roberts is organising a demonstration outside the conference facility starting at 9am and is spreading the word on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter through the hashtag #ebresists.

In his tweets Ben said, “UKIP is holding its south east regional conference in Eastbourne. Let’s show them that racism and homophobia and hatred isn’t welcome here or anywhere. Join us in front of the Congress at 9am. Be part of #ebresists, opposing UKIP racism, homophobia and hatred in #Eastbourne and beyond.”

The conference is likely to attract more than 1,000 delegates and party members from across the south east and organisers say it will also be a celebration in light of the party’s recent success at the European Parliament polls in Eastbourne in May. UKIP came first among voters with 9,516 votes followed by the Conservatives with 7,007 and the Liberal Democrats 4,073. In last year’s East Sussex County Council elections UKIP came second in seven of the nine wards in Eastbourne.

Nigel Jones, the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General Elections, said, “Delegates should be in an upbeat mood after their triumph in May’s European elections when they topped the polls both nationally and in Eastbourne. The four elected in the south east region, party leader Nigel Farage, Janice Atkinson, Diane James and Ray Finch, will all be in Eastbourne for the conference, meeting people at a special lunch in the Floral Hall in the Winter Garden. Eastbourne UKIP is delighted the party is coming here. We are grateful to all those people who voted for us and we intend to build on that support to take the seat at the General Election next year.”

 

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