UKIP CONFERENCE: Minimum wage workers would not have to pay tax under UKIP, Nigel Farage says

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (left) with Douglas Carswell during a press conference in central London w

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (left) with Douglas Carswell during a press conference in central London where the Conservative MP defected to his party today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 28, 2014. Carswell said he would be resigning from Parliament today. He was originally elected as MP for Harwich in 2005, but was returned in Clacton in 2010 after boundary changes with a majority of over 12,000. See PA story POLITICS Ukip. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The party leader conceded the taxation reforms would 'cost a lot of money' but said cutting ties with Brussels would save Britain £10 billion a year and insisted ending the controversial new rail route and curbing foreign aid spending would cover the rest of the bill.

Mr Farage is going after the 'blue collar' vote and has put tax overhaul at the heart of Ukip's new manifesto, which is being unveiled at the party's conference in Doncaster - the town Labour leader Ed Miliband represents.

But the gathering, which is the largest Ukip has staged, will be overshadowed by events in Westminster following the recall of Parliament to vote on military action against Islamic State.


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Mr Farage suggested the debate had been deliberately timed to push Ukip's conference down the news agenda.

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He told ITV1's Good Morning Britain: 'I think there is an element, perhaps, in the Government's planning, that said today suited them. It certainly doesn't suit Ukip.

'I'm suggesting the Government could have discussed the security of our nation in Parliament yesterday, which was a completely free day.'

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