Our Readers Panel have chosen as Book of the Month for August
The Rise of Ukip by Bill Etheridge MEP
Written by a key insider and UKIP activist, this book takes a look at
the rise of this ground breaking political party that threatens to
overthrow the conventional face of British Politics.
This book covers both the history of UKIP from its birth amid the
turbulent Parliamentary debates over the Maastricht Treaty in the 1990s
and an analysis of the party’s current mass appeal.
In 1997, four years after forming the United Kingdom Independence
Party, Alan Sked resigned as it’s Party leader claiming that they were
“doomed to remain on the political fringes.” Having been formed to focus
national opposition to the Maastricht Treaty, UKIP had failed to make
any real impression in it’s first standing at a General Election
Two years later, at the European Elections of 1999, UKIP produced
three MEPs. One of whom, a Mr Nigel Farage, would go on to lead a Party
which has risen to unanticipated heights over the course of the last 12
2012 became the year when UKIP grew to become the third most
supported Political Party in Britain. In 2013 UKIP came close to
capturing its first parliamentary seat in a by-election and topped the
opinion polls for the first time. As the European elections of 2014 loom
this book seeks to answer the questions about UKIP being asked by
voters, pundits and politicians alike.
Chapter 1 - Before the Rise
Chapter 2 - The Reasons for the Rise
Chapter 3 - The Rise Begins
Chapter 4 - 2012 – A Year of Promise
Chapter 5 - The By-Election Surge
Chapter 6 - 2013 Trouble in the Tory shires
Chapter 7 - Polling Third, Coming First?
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