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Will Ukip’s election dream come true?

The party is trying to present a more professional image

By Josh Lowe  

A painting of Ukip leader Nigel Farage up for raffle at the party's spring conference. © Emily Finch

“Welcome to Dreamland”

So reads the sign above the abandoned theme park which sits rusting in the middle of the town of Margate, where Ukip held their Spring conference over the weekend. There are plenty of critics who’d say that’s exactly where Nigel Farage, the swaggering commander of the “people’s army,” is leading his followers. This weekend’s conference was the latest in a series of set-pieces aimed both at presenting the party as a serious challenger to its more established rivals, and at dispelling the hard-to-shift perception of the party as racist and “nasty.” But is a new…

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