UKIP pledge to axe HS2 to save money at Doncaster conference

UKIP leader Nigel Farage pictured at Doncaster Racecourse
UKIP leader Nigel Farage pictured at Doncaster Racecourse

UKIP has opened its party conference in Doncaster with a pledge to ditch the planned HS2 rail link, due to go through Sheffield.

Party leader Nigel Farage party said in an interview at Doncaster Racecourse they would axe the plans for the route which is due to pass through a planned Meadowhall station.

Doncaster is bidding for a planned HS2 linked rail college.

UKIP would fund plans to abolish tax for workers on the minimum wage and cut the rate for higher earners by quitting the European Union and ditching the high speed route.

The party leader conceded the taxation reforms would “cost a lot of money” but said cutting ties with Brussels would save Britain £10 billion a year and insisted ending the controversial new rail route and curbing foreign aid spending would cover the rest of the bill.

Mr Farage is going after the “blue collar” vote and has put tax overhaul at the heart of UKIP’s new manifesto, which is being unveiled at the party’s conference in Doncaster.

Mr Farage said the party wanted to secure “a good number” of MPs in next year’s general election and could “hold the balance of power”.

He said: “We are firmly of the view, unlike the other parties, that HS2, on which we propose to spend over £50 billion, is a waste of money.”

“We have argued for many, many years that people on low salaries should not be paying tax. They shouldn’t be paying tax because that’s a huge disincentive to come off benefit and shouldn’t be paying tax because their living standards are going down every year with the increase in prices we see with electricity bills and all the rest of it.”

He said no one on minimum wage should pay income tax.