General election 2017: UKIP manifesto launch ‘an act of defiance’ – BBC News

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UKIP’s Paul Nuttall says the launch of his party’s general election manifesto will be “an act of defiance” against terrorism after the Manchester bombing.

Mr Nuttall promised to set out a “clear-cut and uncompromising” agenda.

The unveiling of the manifesto in Westminster comes as some low-key campaigning by other parties restarts after Monday evening’s attack.

UKIP is hoping to recover from poor local election results that saw it lose 140 seats and gain only one.

The party is struggling in the polls and faces the challenge of hanging onto voters that backed it before last year’s Brexit vote.

UKIP has already announced policies including banning the burka, electoral reform and keeping net migration at zero over a five-year period.

Explaining his decision to lead the way back to campaigning after the Manchester attack, Mr Nuttall said: “It is right and proper that political parties suspended their campaigns for a short period as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives or suffered appalling injuries.

“But we cannot be cowed or allow our way of life to be undermined by those who wish to do us harm. These people hate the way we live, hate our freedom and hate our democracy.”

The Conservatives, Labour, Greens and the SNP say they will restart low-key local campaigning on Thursday before resuming national events the next day.

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