UKIP leader Nigel Farage paid a surprise visit to Aylesbury this afternoon and told voters that they could be ‘in for a shock’ on election night.
Addressing the crowd gathered in Market Square next to the John Hampden statue, Mr Farage said: “It’s no coincidence that we’re stood beneath this statue of one of the great parliamentary reformers – somebody who thought that the British Parliament should have power and ought to be able to change the laws of the land.
“Something which stood for centuries until our current politicians decided they would give that power away to a bunch of unelected officials in Brussels.
“We are the modern version of John Hampden, we are the peoples’ army, and we want to reverse all of this.
“We want to get back control of our country and control of our borders.”
As Mr Farage, who is the only party leader to visit the town during the election, spoke a handful of onlookers jeered him, while some passing motorists tooted their horn.
Mr Farage said there was a lot of talk in the newspapers and on the television that there are only two parties in England going head to head for this election.
He said: “It’s all presented as if it’s Labour versus the Conservatives and there isn’t much else that’s going to happen.
“Well, one of the reasons I’m here today in Aylesbury is because this is one of the seats we could produce a really major shock early in the hours of May 8.
“And I say that because despite the fact that this place has traditionally had a big Conservative majority, if you look at what UKIP has achieved here, in district council elections, in Buckinghamshire county council elections, this campaign has already over 10,000 pledges and is building rapidly by the day.”
We are the modern version of John Hampden, we are the peoples’ army, and we want to reverse all of this. We want to get back control of our country and control of our borders.Nigel Farage, UKIP leader
Mr Farage then highlighted Chris Adams, who the party has selected to stand for the Aylesbury parliamentary seat.
“You’ve got a local man here in Chris Adams, who is probably as good a campaigner as anybody that we’ve got in the whole of UKIP, and UKIP is the only party that has clearly stated from the outset and in its manifesto that we are completely and totally and utterly opposed to that enormous white elephant that is called HS2.
“So my message to the journalists and the broadcasters is, you could be in for a very big shock in this constituency.
“My message to the public is, help this man [Adams] – he’s honest, he’s sincere, he’s local, and he would make a damn good local MP.”
The candidates standing in the Aylesbury election are Chris Adams (UKIP), Will Cass (Labour), Steven Lambert (Lib Dem), David Lidington (Conservative) and David Lyons (Green).