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UKIP's scrap Welsh assembly vote call


UKIP pledge to close the Welsh Assembly if elected

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) say they would scrap the Welsh assembly and get Welsh MPs to do its work.

The party which launched its general election campaign in Wales is hoping to build on its platform of having one MEP in Wales at next month's vote.

UK leader Lord Pearson said they would scrap the assembly and make Welsh MPs work in Cardiff a week every month.

UKIP is also calling for Britain to leave the EU and for a five year immigration freeze.

The Welsh campaign launch was held at the Cardiff yacht club when the party outlined plans to scrap the Barnett formula which decides more than half the public spending in Wales.

UKIP are contesting all 40 Welsh constituencies at the 7 May election and they say they are the only party in Wales that would scrap the Welsh assembly.

We speak for everyone who feels that nobody speaks for them
John Bufton MEP

Lord Pearson said: "We would get rid of the whole layer of extra government - bureaucracy - with all its attendant costs.

"And we would ask the Welsh MPs to come and sit here for one week of the month and conduct Welsh business on behalf of the Welsh people."

UKIP took one Welsh seat in last year's European elections ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

The party's Welsh MEP John Bufton told the campaign launch UKIP was not simply a party that wants to leave the European Union.

"It is necessary to do this first and foremost but there are plenty more areas in which we represent the unrepresented.

"We speak for everyone who feels that nobody speaks for them.

"We believe in selective education, nuclear power an end to so-called devolution and unnecessary over-government."

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