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General Election 2015: Can Ukip shake off their ‘nasty party’ image?

The mood at the party's spring conference was notably muted

By Josh Lowe  

Nigel Farage delivers his speech at Ukip's spring conference in Margate ©Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ukip has tried hard in recent months to present a more open outlook, so perhaps it is fitting that its leader didn’t turn up to the party’s spring conference in Margate until mid-afternoon, jetting back to Blighty after an overseas trip.

Farage had been addressing a conference for American conservatives—reports say aides deftly kept him away from Sarah Palin…

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