UKIP suffers in polls after Channel 4 programme receives 6,500 complaints

Race rows hit party’s popularity

UKIP has fallen by five points in the polls in just one week, after two TV programmes on the party were aired.

The programmes, Channel 4’s Meet the Ukippers and docudrama UKIP: The First 100 Days, have embroiled the party in a number of race rows.

Support has subsequently fallen to 11% of the vote.

A UKIP councillor speaking on Meet the Ukippers was expelled after she said: “I really do have a problem with people with Negroid features, I really do,” to the television crew.

In addition, Channel 4 has received over 6,500 complaints for its docudrama UKIP: The First 100 Days, which imagined life under a newly elected UKIP government.

However, it has emerged that the majority of complaints were orchestrated by far-right group Britain First.

Channel 4 said the “vast majority” of the complaints came via Britain First, while Ofcom confirmed that they had also received a significant number of complaints from the organisation.

Britain First was set up by former BNP member Jim Dowson, and uses tactics including mosque “invasions”, and leads “Christian patrols” through Muslim areas.

Speaking to the Guardian, the head of Britain First, Paul Golding, said: “Ukip is rightwing and patriotic and we think they are being singled out for hostile media coverage in the runup to a general election.”

Poll boost for Labour

The latest poll, which has indicated the effect this has had on UKIP’s support comes from Tory peer Lord Ashcroft, who said: “Some also wonder whether unpleasant or even sinister elements lurk behind the reasonable and entertaining Mr Farage, a suspicion that may have been reinforced over the last few days,” the Telegraph reports.

Labour is now ahead in the polls with 36% of the vote. This has been attributed in part to the unfolding HSBC scandal.

The Tories have 32%, while UKIP has 11%, and the Greens 8%.

The Lib Dems are now trailing the Greens, with just 7% of the vote.

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Anonymous

    The left wing media spin machine, of which Chanel 4 is a part,has really gone into overdrive as we approach the election and with some sucess if these numbers are to be believed. We can rely on them to quote this lady's obnoxious views again and again in the hope that people might not realise that UKIP fired her for those very statements and reject entirely her views.

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  • Anonymous

    If it's "Chanel", I think you'll find it's number 5, not number 4.

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  • UKIP's true colours are finally being revealed, and their support is dropping away.

    People are also starting to realise that the Tories and UKIP are the defenders of the criminal tax-dodgers.

    Let's get them out once and for all.

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  • Michael Smith

    Thank god UKIP are finally getting exposed. I was thinking we were headed for 1930's Germany.

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