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Farage says he’ll be back after visit called off over security fear

Opening of new office goes ahead without ‘disappointed’ Ukip leader

Prophet Zebadlah Abu Obadlah protested against Ukip at the opening of the party’s new office in Herne Bay, which went ahead without NigeI Farage who  dropped out after concerns from his security team
Prophet Zebadiah Abu Obadlah protested against Ukip at the opening of the party’s new office in Herne Bay, which went ahead without NigeI Farage who dropped out after concerns from his security team

Ukip leader Nigel Farage insists he will return to Herne Bay after his planned visit to the town was cancelled on Saturday because of security fears. Mr Farage was due to open the party’s campaign office in Mortimer Street but due to the town’s weekly market being held, his security team thought better of it. The 50-year-old said:

“There’s disappointment that I could not come and do it, but I shall be back in Herne Bay. I won’t advertise when, but I will be visiting the office.”

Ukip’s constituency campaign manager John Moore explained what happened. He said on Saturday:

“His security team will not let him because they can’t get the car up to the door of the shop because of the market. It’s a security issue and if we could have got the car to the front door or had a rear entrance they would have done it. He was quite happy to come until his team rang me and checked to see what the arrangements were.”

Nigel Farage’s visit was cancelled so Piers Wauchope opened the new Ukip office; campaign manager John Moore said Mr Farage’s security team were concerned that they would not be able to get a car to the door of the shop
Nigel Farage’s visit was cancelled so Piers Wauchope opened the new Ukip office; campaign manager John Moore said Mr Farage’s security team were concerned that they would not be able to get a car to the door of the shop

Despite Mr Farage’s absence, Ukip’s North Thanet candidate Piers Wauchope – who is vying to become Herne Bay’s next MP – still opened the office. Mr Farage is upbeat about the prospect of the party winning a seat in the town, saying:

“I think we have got a good chance there. We did very well in Thanet in the KCC elections in 2013, but it’s going to be a battle. I do see it as a two-horse race between us and Roger Gale.”

Mr Wauchope added:

“We’re going to have a great day putting leaflets out and canvassing all over Herne Bay. Although it’s a pity Nigel wasn’t there to set us off it’s looking good. He is with us in spirit and we’re going to have a great time and we’re all be catching up with him later.”

The planned visit was also met by protesters as Prophet Zebadiah Abu Obadiah – a member of the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG — took his anti-Ukip views to the street outside the office. Prophet Zebadiah, who is standing in South Thanet against Mr Farage, used a megaphone to voice his opinions. He said:

“England is doomed — it is a doomed nation with Ukip. We came down here today to show that Ukip is not welcome here. We heard he (Mr Farage) would be here, he’s been trying to avoid us as we want a debate with him.”’

Herne Bay Gazette, February 5th 2015

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