Jo Cardwell looks at the trajectory of Ukip after their Clacton by-election victory, and sets out a plan of action to challenge their rise.
For the first time since the 1930s Britain is seeing the emergence of a racist populist party that has the ability to hold very large rallies. The rise of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) confirms that the “European disease” — populist racist and fascist parties — has now crossed the Channel.
In the run up to the Clacton-on-Sea by-election in August over 900 turned up to Ukip’s meeting in the town. During the Euro-elections last May its leader Nigel Farage spoke at 12 meetings across Suffolk, Essex and Kent that attracted over 400 people.