Wednesday, September 22

Kilroy-Silk accuses Howard of plagiarising policies

UKIP MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk has accused the Conservatives of plagiarising his policies after Tory Leader Michael Howard called for upper limits on immigration.

"We made the policy announcement two weeks ago saying we would limit immigration to 100,000 and that we would have a points system where people would be selected on the basis of their skills and their aptitudes and ability and their ability to integrate into British society and make a contribution.

"He is saying virtually the same thing. He is plagiarising it, " Mr Kilroy-Silk told BBC radio.

UKIP also wants to pull out of the Geneva Convention on Human Rights to'deal more effectively with asylum seekers'.

Conservative party co-chairman Dr Liam Fox has reportedly warned the Tories need to strengthen their stance on immigration to woo back voters who defected to UKIP at the European elections.

Mr Kilroy-Silk accused Mr Howard of promoting the same policies because 'his chairman Liam Fox is telling him he has got to steal UKIP's clothes because we are stealing their votes. He is actually parroting virtually what I said last week.

"I made a speech last night about Turkey and the government's policy of it wanting to join the EU and I presume Michael Howard will make a speech on Turkey next week.

"The MEP said the reaction from his East Midlands' constituents to UKIP's policies was very positive. "They all feel the same.

"They are fed up with the old political parties. I can't see them - given an opportunity to vote for a party that tells the truth, that is honest and straight-talking - I can't see them going back to Labour and I certainly can't see them going back to the Conservatives.

"They regard the Conservatives as losers." Dr Fox admitted that reports of his warning on the Tories' immigration stance were 'selective' but 'accurate'.

"This is a real problem. I notice about some of the language about 'lurch to the right'. This is an issue which concerns a very great number of people in this country and they don't think in left and right the way Westminster commentators do."

Firm immigration controls were essential for management of race relations, management of public services and national security, he said.

"This isn't trying to shore up our core vote. This is rather to reach into areas where we need new votes, the inner cities, the ethnic communities, because they more than anyone else know we can preserve good community relations only by getting the system properly under control."

If the side effect was to deliver more votes for the Conservatives, that would be welcome, he said.

Source: Gallery News, Wednesday September 22nd 2004

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