UKIP candidate defends past immigration, but wants controls

Lee Upcraft

Lee Upcraft

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THE new UK Independence Party (UKIP) parliamentary candidate for Wantage and Didcot says the UK is “built on immigration”, but he still wants to tighten border controls.

Lee Upcraft, pictured, a physicist from Wallingford who works in the defence industry, says his party is getting rid of “frankly offensive” members.

Dr Upcraft, 38, who lives in Clapcot Way, Wallingford, with his wife and two daughters, said: “I’m not concerned about UKIP’s reputation. I don’t believe there is any party that doesn’t have its less-pleasant figures.”

He added: “This country was built on immigration, but not uncontrolled immigration of economic migrants.”

Calling for tighter controls, he said: “I think our government has no choice in the matter because of the EU open borders policy.”

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1:04pm Tue 18 Mar 14

livid99 says...

"....says his party is getting rid of “frankly offensive” members. " Hopefully including that clown Farage and his stupid grin. A party that seems to offer very little apart from blaming all our troubles on immigrants and the EU.
"....says his party is getting rid of “frankly offensive” members. " Hopefully including that clown Farage and his stupid grin. A party that seems to offer very little apart from blaming all our troubles on immigrants and the EU. livid99
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12:55pm Wed 26 Mar 14

MikeW, says...

It would be extremely sad to see a UKIP member represent such cosmopolitan towns as Wantage & Didcot. I sincerely hope that the shallow and populist ideas spread by this xenophobic party won't get Dr Upcraft elected.
It would be extremely sad to see a UKIP member represent such cosmopolitan towns as Wantage & Didcot. I sincerely hope that the shallow and populist ideas spread by this xenophobic party won't get Dr Upcraft elected. MikeW,
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