UKIP’s Nigel Farage visits Corby and Kettering

UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Corby
UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Corby
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The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, visited Corby, Geddington and Kettering today as part of his Common Sense tour of the country.

Mr Farage started his whirlwind trip in Devon on April 2 and finishes with a public meeting in Kent tomorrow as he tries to see as many voters as possible and drum up support for his party in the forthcoming county council elections.

UKIP is riding high after a good showing by its candidate Margot Parker in the Corby by-election and after pipping the Tories to second place in the Eastleigh by-election.

If he is to cause the “political earthquake” he has promised he will need to do well in the county council elections on May 2.

The party is fielding 22 candidates locally, including Margot Parker who is standing in the Corby Rural ward.

Mr Farage is no stranger to Corby having visited on several occasions during the by-election and he said it was “good to be back”.

Talking about the Common Sense tour, he said: “We are getting massive audiences and it’s in both Tory and Labour areas.

“People are saying we are saying what they are thinking and what they are saying. There is a huge disconnect between Westminster and the real world. The things we are saying are common sense.

“Our message is that we’re not against anyone but enough is enough, we have an exploding population.”

The UKIP leader said he “didn’t have a clue” how the party would do in the county council elections and said: “We have got the wind in our sails and are going to try like hell.

“We might get hundreds of good second places or we might make a breakthrough; that’s the vagaries of first past the post.”

As Mr Farage and his supporters walked through Corby shoppers greeted him with smiles although few seemed willing to stop and discuss policies with him.

A passer-by did stop to ask if the party was fielding candidates in the county councils elections and replied “thank goodness for that” when being reassured they are.

To see more pictures from Mr Farage’s visit click here.