Name: The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)
Leader: Nigel Farage
General Political Ideology: Far-right nationalism, Euroskeptic and populism, believe in a free market and economic liberalism.
Key Policy: UKIP has two main agenda’s. Firstly, they wish for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. A second objective, is to cut immigration using a quota system, similar to that of the Australian government.
Policy on NHS: Under UKIP, GP surgeries would open at least one evening per week, where it is needed. Continuing their European stance, UKIP are tightening conditions for health migrants to the UK (for example by ensuring that migrants have an approved private health insurance as a condition of entry to the UK), this proposed tightening will save the NHS £2bn. Some of this money, would be used to end hospital car parking charges in England.
Policy on Economy: UKIP have promised to abolish inheritance tax, EU membership fees, foreign aid budget (except disaster relief), HS2 and green subsidiaries that help the environment. UKIP’s new economic strategies will include an introduction of a 35p income tax rate between £42,285 and £55,000.
Policy of Housing: UKIP have proposed a change to planning laws, to protect the greenbelt and to make it easier to build on brownfield sites. These sites would be exempt from Stamp Duty on the first sale and VAT will be relaxed too.
Policy of Tuition Fees: Farage has proposed to scrap tuition fees for poorer students taking degrees in STEM subjects, that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. However, social science, humanities and arts students would still have to pay fees. Unsurprisingly, students from the EU will pay the fees as International students.