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Monday, June 23, 2014

Nigel Farage: UKIP backs direct democracy & use of referendums to keep government in check

Mr Farage said the "bar would have to be set at the right level" for a by-election to be triggered for a sitting MP to ensure that any process was not "open to abuse". Earlier, UKIP communities spokeswoman Suzanne Evans told BBC Radio 4's Today her party wanted the government to recognise that it it is "the servant of the people and not the other way round". "People feel disconnected from governments - you only have to look at the poor turnout in elections to see how democracy is no longer of interest to very many people," she told Today. "Why not have referendums on issues such as major planning developments in local authorities that will significantly change the whole feel and style of the area?" Ms Evans conceded there would have to be a mechanism to rule out "frivolous or silly" poll suggestions, but there were "many, many serious issues... that people ought to be having a say on".


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