Don’t panic! Lib Dem activists sent memo on how to approach UKIP

Nigel Farage the Leader of Ukip who has accepted Nick Clegg's challenge of a public head-to-head debate over whether Britain should remain in the European Union. Nigel Farage the Leader of Ukip who has accepted Nick Clegg's challenge of a public head-to-head debate over whether Britain should remain in the European Union.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
11:27 AM

Grassroot Lib Dems have been sent a five page dossier about how to take on the UK Independence Party - it includes the advice “not to panic”.

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The leaked campaign briefing, which has been written ahead of the May local council and Euro elections, informs activists that UKIP has the ability to “de-stabilise the established dynamics of many local election campaigns”, adding that many were unnerved by an unknown in an already difficult electorial climate.

It also includes advice about how to spot a UKIP voter.

The junior coalition partner is defending 700 local council seats in England in the upcoming elections, and is expected to take a hammering in the European elections on the say day.

Last month Lib Dem chairman Tim Farron said the party faced the “fight of our lives” and stood to risk its 12 MEPs.

In the council elections taking place on the same day, “we are defending our final foothold” he said. “Our very presence in the European Parliament could be at stake,” he added.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has also challenged Nigel Farage to a television debate over Britain’s position in Europe ahead of the elections.

The campaign document said: “Many will feel strange to be lumped by UKIP supporters as part of ‘them’; part of the establishment as we have been instinctively on the side of those fighting Labour and Tory town hall bosses. Others will simply be repulsed by their anti-Europeanism and racism. But understanding where UKIP’s voters are coming from and how we should approach it are important. It’s important however not to panic.”

Under the heading “Spotting UKIP in Voter ID”, the document said: “Two ways of identifying potential UKIP voters are: Those who are ambivalent about their voting intention, but spontaneously mention immigration and those who often dismiss all parties of government (‘a plague on all their houses’)”

A Lib Dem spokesman said: “The Liberal Democrats are the only party taking the fight to UKIP. Their plan to pull Britain out of Europe puts millions of jobs at risk.”

30 comments

  • I think you just did "make it up". do not forget UKIP MEPs have to work for a living, something the opposition do not know much about. There is nothing wrong in having your wife on board at least he can trust her.Wot about Camerons father-in-law getting a 6 fig sum every year for the wind farm on his estate and Cleggs wife works for a Madrid wind farm comp.

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    Valerie Arnold

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Sweet Cheeks - UKIP has done nothing at NCC! What about stopping the Tory dictatorship in its tracks, being instrumental in introducing the more democratic Committee system at County Hall from May and nearly stopping the Incinerator [every unwhipped member consistently voting against this project]. Not bad for only 10 months!

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    Barbara

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Norman lamb also uses the tube and he is a government minister.

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    Mr. Raspberry

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • vince cable said it was great that there was still mass immigration. A million youth unemployed and millions more struggling to get jobs housing and food handouts . That's racism LARSON . Racism against the british people in favour of immigrants

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    milecross

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • A couple of weeks ago I saw Nigel Farrage waiting for a tube train on the Victoria Line platform at King's Cross. No bodyguards, no PR's and PA's, just him getting on the tube! I wonder how many of our non-entity, not speaking up for Norfolk MPs take the tube? No doubt they take a taxi and claim it on expenses.

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    Lord 'Elp-Us

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Sweet Cheeks - UKIP has done nothing at NCC! What about stopping the Tory dictatorship in its tracks, being instrumental in introducing the more democratic Committee system at County Hall from May and nearly stopping the Incinerator [every unwhipped member consistently voting against this project]. Not bad for only 10 months!

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    Barbara

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • UKIP, the nasty party for nasty lazy "thinkers".

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • It's the Werther's Originals that give them away.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • From the Lib Dems to the Cleggaborator Party. Now, to The Corporal Jones "Don't panic, don't panic" Party. What next, The I Remember Them Well Party?

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    Yorky

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • "...as farrage is not an mp or a euro mp his expenses are not coming out of the public purse...". He claimed £2m of taxpayers' money in expenses and allowances when he was a member of the European Parliament. You are a total buffoon ...so you have just lost your argument John.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Its all far too late for the libdems. It will be UKIP all the way. they are nor r-acist at all.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • "...All MEPs get the same expenses and it is under £2mill ... " . Suggest you google " Ukip leader Nigel Farage boasts of his £2m in expenses " , and that merely takes us up to 2009 . He also employs his wife in his office , doing what no one knows , for a further 30 grand for the Farage coffers . You couldn't make it up.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • " ...It also includes advice about how to spot a UKIP voter..." . That will be anyone over 65 with r-acist tendencies.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Me to, and also my friends and family.

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    Valerie Arnold

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • What is with the hysteria from non-UKIP parties and their supporters? This is a democracy folks and people can vote for anyone they like. Just because an ever increasing amount of people are ignoring the old fashioned three does not give you the right to sit there abusing vast swathes of the population for having their own opinion because that is exactly what you are doing. Only makes people more likely to vote UKIP.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • as farrage is not an mp or a euro mp his expences are not coming out of the public purse so you have just lost your argument larson

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    milecross

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • A couple of weeks ago I saw Nigel Farrage waiting for a tube train on the Victoria Line platform at King's Cross. No bodyguards, no PR's and PA's, just him getting on the tube! I wonder how many of our non-entity, not speaking up for Norfolk MPs take the tube? No doubt they take a taxi and claim it on expenses.

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    Lord 'Elp-Us

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • at a time when we have mass unemployment and a huge housing crisis and 500 thousand on food handouts libdem vince cable praised the continued mass immigration into the uk

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    milecross

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • A May Election UKIP voter is, "not one of the above," and intends telling them all where to stick their broken promises on the EU.

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    BG

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • UKIP are getting my vote ~ Again...

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    Just Me

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Lib Dem? UKIP? What's the difference. If you describe a stroppy little party that gives two different messages in two different places, that will say anything to win a vote and which will never be in a position to deliver anything of note they're both pretty much the same. Except, UKIP are racist, which I suppose makes them worse.

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    Steve Tierney

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Come to GY and see why larson is wrong in accusing UKIP supporters of being racist. Being sick of the pressures on a community-crime, antisocial behaviour, housing, the effects of HMOs and general property neglect on the investments of home and business owners etc is not the same as being racist. Only the perversely PC could claim it is.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • LARSONE. All MEPs get the same expenses and it is under £2mill. As soon as you start being rude and direspectful "you have lost your arguement!"

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    Valerie Arnold

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • "...as farrage is not an mp or a euro mp...." . And Nigel " Biggles " Farage is currently the member of the European Parliament for South East England. Try having an early night to clear your brain.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • UKIP have plenty to say but they can't back it up, the media have given them a voice which is not good. They managed to get a hold at NCC and what have they done? NOTHING. They promised all sorts but they found out they couldn't do it and that will apply to the EU and Westminster. They may gain seats but they are all hot air

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    Sweet cheeks

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Yet another EDP report of a robbery Yarmouth. add to that the drug dealers just convicted,. the steadily rising tide of violent crime, petty crime, unpleasantly aggressive nuisance attentions etc and it would be amazing if the town did not turn to UKIP. Except of course in local elections EU migrants get a vote.And the social housing in the borough is still stuffed with Labour voters who do very nicely out of the no means test system. The Libs dems have failed to put up credible candidates for GY in local and parliamentary elections for years. Which is why we have had tweedle Wright and tweedle Lewis (or Dumb and Dumberer if you like) "representing" the constituency. Larson still spouting his right on PC tripe-being sick to the gills of people taking the p*** is not the same as being racist

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Hilarious! Guess who are a bunch of scaredy cats?! The Labourites are the same. When they momentarily break off from attacking their own people they gleefully point out what they perceive to be UKIP's shortcomings. Trouble is there is always a Labour bod who has done something way way worse. They are all terrified in their own silly ways. As for racist, matey, I am from the West Indies and I vote UKIP. Work that one out and try doing it without being racist to me.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • "....No doubt they take a taxi and claim it on expenses....". You really ought to do a quick search on Farrage's expense claims before you make an even bigger fool of yourself.The UKIP leader even has his wife on the payroll....hand bagging £ 30,000 for herself last year.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Whoopy do, the Tory dictatorship doesn't seen to be in line with the rest of the party they seem to be a splinter group with there own agenda. Right UKIP promised to get shut of the incinerator but they just jumped into bed with Labour. Committee systems are a joke, they will argue over nothing or it will be underhanded dealing, your man Coke has let down a lot of people including me. In 10 months NOTHING has happened to help anybody, the who thing is a joke

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • " ...It also includes advice about how to spot a UKIP voter..." . That will be anyone over 65 with racist tendencies.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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