UKIP East Midlands candidates for the European elections have called on people in Northampton to register an anti-EU vote and then back the party in the General Election in 2015.
At a public meeting on Saturday, UKIP candidates Margot Parker, Jonathan Bullock and Nigel Wickens were questioned on their views on immigration, unemployment and EU membership.
About 30 people attended the meeting which was held at Alliston Gardens Community Centre from 10.30 until midday.
The questions asked by members of the public covered a wide range of topics including EU directives on the power of vacuum cleaners, the number of foreign-owned vehicles that did not have valid car tax and the cost of HS2.
Mrs Parker said Britain was being put at a disadvantage by being part of the European Union and said she believed the UK Government was being put under pressure to deliver a high speed rail network by politicians in Brussels.
She said: “People say we cannot be in charge of our own destiny but we did that for centuries before the EU.
“For 40 years we have been tied to an organisation that has not put us at the front of the queue.
“We have been disadvantaged by being a member of the European Union. We know we can run our country a damn sight better than being shackled to Brussels.”
Mr Wickens said UKIP was entering a crucial 12-month period in which it hoped to register more votes than ever in the EU elections and the General Election next May
He said: “Our objective is to make ourselves redundant and come out of the EU.
“We are entering into the most important 12 months of UKIP history. It is the last chance to save our country.”
Mr Bullock said he thought there would be a “seismic shift” in UK politics of the party picked up a number of seats in the next General Election.
He said: “If we can show people that a vote for UKIP means you get UKIP I think more people will stick with us.”