UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks out about immigration in Peterborough

14:52 28 March 2013

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage told a packed public meeting on Monday in Suffolk that he was flabbergasted at the immigration problems in Peterborough.

Speaking to Paul Stainton on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Tuesday, he bemoaned a sense of “emnity” that he felt had developed in the city in the last ten years, which he attributed to the high level of immigration.

Mr Farage said: “I was amazed to see the sort of Polish quarter of the town, and to see the size of it, it’s rapid development, and how few people spoke English.

“But the worst thing was a sense of enmity that has grown up between much of the local population and the large numbers of Polish people living there.

“I think people get on together less well in Peterborough than they did ten years ago.

“We have since the war had a managed migration policy into Britain of thirty to fifty thousand people a year. Over the last ten years it’s averaged half a million people a year.

“You cannot assimilate new groups in society if they’re coming in at that level.”

The UKIP leader said that British people were being discriminated against in the workplace.

He said: “I met a 16 year old girl in Peterborough who applied for a job on a packing line and was told she couldn’t get a job because she didn’t speak Polish. I’m sorry but that simply isn’t right.”

Mr Farage believes the forthcoming county council elections will mark a pivotal moment in the evolution of his party.

He said: “I think May 2 is very important. It will really show across the whole of England whether this rise in the polls is fictional or real. I believe it is real. We’ve then got to see under the first past the post system just how many breakthroughs we can make.

“If we’re going to mount a challenge for the 2015 General Election, we’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’ve still got to professionalise aspects of the Party.

“I’m not under any illusions about that, but I do believe we’re on our way.”


  • "They do the jobs that Brits refuse to do" As a humble English brickie, that statement regularly trotted out makes me sick. The British builder, with bills and mortgages to pay is being savaged by cheap eastern european labour. Now walk past any building site and listen to the languages being spoken because it won't be English. I'm sorry but I don't ever recall being asked my opinion on freedom of movement across the eu.

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    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • I work for the largest UK based Supermarket chain, a huge proportion of workers for the Distribution Centers use agency workers of which 98% are all Eastern Europeans, they will not employ the British or the British youth. Its horrible and so wrong that this company profess to be British and yet they discriminate against the British worker so badly. UKIP must be the solution to this EU nightmare

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    Red Wolf

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • Simply make the gang masters, oops, employment agencies who discriminate against the likes of my daughter and others who need the jobs,they battle every day to get into these workplaces

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    Thursday, March 28, 2013

  • I'm Polish, and I think it's sick when British are discriminated against in the workplace. I used to appreciate Farage's view on EU attempts to make of us all one kind of 'Unitet States of Europe'. However it's easier to pick on us rather on...well, you all know who. Children of Polish emigrants will be 100% British, I've got no doubt about that. And we are very much alike. I think this time Farage says a lot of rubbish. It's not us that are your problem, and today I've found out Farage is a coward.

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    Saturday, March 30, 2013

  • UKIP will be getting my vote.

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    jim boner

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

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