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Jeffrey Titford leader of UKIP
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Monday, 14 May, 2001, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
UKIP manifesto: Ditch Europe

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has published its manifesto, which includes a pledge to take Britain out of the European Union.

Party leader Jeffrey Titford told a news conference in central London that leaving the EU would free up 20bn a year - a figure he branded "the independence dividend".


This money should be used to revitalise our nation

Jeffrey Titford

He also said his party was committed to a "bonfire" of EU regulations and pledged that, if elected, he would slash fuel tax by 9p a litre and raise the state pension by 5 a week.

"This 20bn per annum, which is a conservative estimate, would be liberated by withdrawal from the European Union," said Mr Titford.

"This money should be used to revitalise our nation, put something like 25,000 more policemen on the beat, provide more nurses and doctors, and give our elderly people a decent rise in their pensions."

Four hundred candidates

The party, which currently has two MEPs, is planning to field more than 400 candidates in the general election.

Mr Titford said UKIP was the one party that believed in "genuine free trade" and he insisted that Britain could thrive by developing its relationship with the Commonwealth.

He said in all aspects its spending proposals were "prudent and conservative" and the UKIP manifesto "put Britain first".

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