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UK: EDL and BNP members not welcome in UKIP

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1. W/S Car with UKIP party logo 2. W/S UKIP promotional table 3. W/S River frontage of Lakeside Country Club 4. SOT Roger Bird, chairman of the UKIP South East division NB: SOUND DISTORTED AT SOURCE: "UKIP is the only party which doesn't allow members of the BNP and EDL or former members of those organisations to join it, other parties have no such restrictions, so evidently they don't mind too much if those people join, we do." 5. M/S People outside Lakeside Country Club 6. SOT Roger Bird, chairman of the South East division: "Having run at a rate of 30-50,0000 people coming into the country per year is a level of immigration which can easily be supported. That level now, since Tony Blair opened up Britain completely to anyone who wants to come here, that's now 500,000 people a year, that's clearly not sustainable." 7. C/U Union jack SCRIPT UK: EDL and BNP members not welcome in UKIP After scooping 150 seats in local elections in May, members of nationalist UK Independence Party gathered at the Lakeside Country Club in Camberley, near London, to celebrate their recent victory at the party's South East region conference. The South East division of UKIP currently reels in the largest number of supporters, and remains the region where they garner most of their votes. Euroscepticism forms a central plank of the UKIP party platform, which pledges to curb immigration by putting a five year freeze on foreign migrants entering Britain if voted into power. Their uncompromising nationalist agenda has drawn the ire of anti-fascists, who have branded some party members as racist, who risk being further radicalised by right-wing extremists infiltrating their ranks. Roger Bird, chairman of the South East division sought to allay fears that UKIP hard party line would attract far-right extremists: "UKIP is the only party which doesn't allow members of the BNP and EDL or former members of those organisations to join it, other parties do not have such restrictions, so evidently they don't mind too much if those people join, we do. Bird said the party's immigration policy was a rational response to an 'overwhelming' influx of foreign migration: "Having run at a rate of 30-50 0000 people coming into the country per year as a level of immigration which can easily be supported, that level now, since Tony Blair opened up Britain completely, to anyone who wants to come here, that's now 500 000 people a year, that's clearly not sustainable." According to a spokesperson around 1,000 new members, both former Conservative and Labour supporters, are joining the party every month. UKIP currently holds 11 seats in the European Parliament, three members in the House of Lords and one seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly. While UKIP still has no seats in the 650-seat lower house of the British parliament, its sweeping gains in the polls it puts pressure on the British government to pursue a tougher line on immigration. The results also suggest the possibility that the UKIP could weaken the British Conservative party by drawing away some of its more nationalist adherents. After recent local election victories, the party has announced that it will target winning eight parliamentary seats in the 2015 general election.