Mr Kilroy-Silk told BBC radio: "I made a policy announcement two weeks ago, saying we would limit immigration to 100,000 and that we would have a points system, where people would be selected on the basis of their skills, their aptitude and ability to integrate into British society and make a contribution to it. He is saying virtually the same thing. He is plagiarising it."
A Conservative spokesman denied the claim of plagiarism, saying: "We have been working for months on this. If UKIP also study the Australian plans, they are likely to be the same, but we haven't stolen their clothes."
However, Liam Fox, the joint chairman of the party, confirmed he had told a recent meeting of the Bow Group, a right-of-centre think-tank, that the Conservatives had to take action to counter a drift of voters to the UKIP.
This morning I received an e-mail from a newly joined member of the Endlish Democrats stating that Knapman had plagiarised the UKIP Immigration Policy from that party, an assertion also made in the past by the BNP.
To further muddy the debate I might point out that Canada has been operating such a policy for years and that following a call for input on an immigration policy for UKIP shortly after his election as Leader I wrote to Roger Knapman on 23rd December 2002 on the subject 'Immigration Policy Iniative' and among other ideas I suggested the following:-
A points system along the lines of that recently adopted by Canada would ensure only immigrants with a strong contribution to make to British society would be eligible to fill the limited places available in our crowded island. A multiplier for applicants with British connections could easily be built into sucha a scheme.
UKIP Chairmen are beginning to become aware of the “English Democrats” and are moving over to the English Democrats Party - as the only credible English Nationalist Party.
At the EDP 3rd AGM on Sunday 19 September 2004, the EDP membership unanimously agreed to merge with the UK Reform party (a UKIP splinter group of about 100 members created by UKIP members, fed up with alleged UKIP infighting and corruption) - subject to confirmation by the UK Reform Party at its next AGM in a couple of weeks time, then the merger will complete on 1 January 2005. Harold Green (Leader of UK Reform) is now an EDP National Council Member and EDP Chairman of Surrey (Formerly Chairman of Epsom for UKIP)
Shortly after the AGM, former UKIP Yorkshire Regional Chairman, put his name forward to become English Democrats Regional Chairman of Yorkshire - Michael Cassidy also left UKIP due to the way in which the party was being run, with the National Party, overriding local decisions.
Currently Michael's application is being processed, and it is likely that he will also be invited to take a seat on the EDP National Council.
During the Euro 2004 Elections - Steven Overy Chairman of UKIP for Battle in East Sussex, also joined the English Democrats.
It is anticipated that a poor election result in the Hartlepool By-Election on 30 September 2004, will make many UKIP members think again about their membership of the one issue Unionist party - many believe (incorrectly) that UKIP is an English National Party, however UKIP consistently refuse to acknowledge the need for an English Parliament, and live in the past with regards to 'The Union' post devolution for Scotland & Wales, thinking that somehow the situation could be reversed and once again the United Kingdom can become one happy family again.
English Democrats share many of the same views as UKIP on the European Union.
With the English Democrats, talking on new members daily and with most of England now covered by local branches the run up to the next General Election will be very interesting, especially as people in England are getting fed up with a Scottish Prime Minister, and a cabinet dominated by Scots. The £20 Billion transferred from England to Scotland each year, would not be allowed under an English Democrats government.
Regional Chairman – South East England
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