My next interview is with Paul Nuttall, who is the Deputy Leader of UKIP. Mr. Nuttall stood for election in my former hometown of Bootle in the last General Election and has strong links with the area. He is also an MEP for the North West of England.
- How important is it that young people take an interest in politics?
“It is very important that young people have a basic understanding of politics and how we are governed. Political decisions will have an influence on their lives, as soon as possible they should engage in the democratic process.”
- What can UKIP learn from the 2015 General Election?
“Like all political Parties, UKIP will look at what went right and what went wrong during the campaign. This can involve a lot of number crunching and critical examination of how we did things. The main thing is to keep in touch with the political environment, respond to change and communicate with the voters.”
- Are UKIP more than just the party who oppose mass immigration and why?
“UKIP are a fully fledged political party, with a full manifesto (visit: www.ukip.org)”
- What are your views on Nigel Farage remaining as leader?
“I agree with his decision.”
- Do you think the party respond well to the criticism they receive?
“Yes, the Party has changed over the years and has adapted to the changing views of society.”
- Does it matter to you that you stand in Bootle, one of the safest Labour seats in the UK?
“Bootle is where I grew up and I have strong links with that community. I again increased my share of the vote to almost 10%, despite Labour’s efforts.”