UKIP campaign ale and hearty

By Matthew Mckew

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 

UKIP campaign ale and hearty

A bottle of EU Freedom Ale, produced on the Isle of Wight for UKIP candidate Iain McKie

A BEER-LOVING UKIP candidate on the Isle of Wight is launching his own ale, featuring the face of party leader Nigel Farage, in a bid to boost his election chances.

Iain McKie, who plans to stand against Andrew Turner in the 2015 general election, has worked with Ryde-based brewery Goddards to create the four per cent strength bitter, EU Freedom Ale.

The bottles feature a smiling Nigel Farage, with the slogan 'Isle drink to that.’

Mr McKie said: "It is a little bit of Christmas fun, but its also a great marketing tool to broaden our appeal.

"Nigel told me he would certainly be having some next time he comes to the Isle of Wight."

It will be officially launched by UKIP’s Isle of Wight branch on Saturday and sold to raise money for Mr McKie’s campaign.

The branch has invited former Eastleigh bi-election candidate and 2014 European Parliament hopeful Diane James to a launch event at the Unitarian Hall, Newport, between 11am and 2.30pm.

Patrick Birley, owner of Goddards Brewery, said: "It was just business for us. We would be very happy to produce beer for anybody, it in no way reflects our political views. We produce beer, that's what we do."

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by alan naylor

8th December 2013, at 15:39:27

As an a ex landlord i say to mr Birley is very wise to space your self from this idea bussness and politics d ont mix

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by Den Young

7th December 2013, at 09:30:29

will there be nibbles?

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by Den Young

7th December 2013, at 09:29:23

day on the lash with our new future MP sounds good to me

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by Den Young

7th December 2013, at 09:28:30

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by Iain McKie

7th December 2013, at 08:42:07

UKIP IW branch are delighted that MEP candidates Diane James and Nigel Jones will be joining us for the EU Freedom Ale launch from 11am at the Unitarian Hall High Street Newport. Please come along. Iain

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by alan naylor

6th December 2013, at 20:56:15

A lot of water under the bridge since April Mr Mckie and if he cannot solve the imigration problem there will be a new leader

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by Iain McKie

6th December 2013, at 14:14:32

Dear David, on April 8th 2013 AT's leader David Cameron was asked in an interview by Spanish newspaper El Pais if he would honour a 'No' vote to EU membership in a referendum. His reply was 'I would not'. Hope that helps. Iain

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by Den Young

6th December 2013, at 13:22:17

David ive got to be honest anything will be better than what the island has as an MP now and as for Europe im more concerned about the Isle of Wight

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by David Blackford

6th December 2013, at 11:59:27

Roger - the thing to ask is - will Mr McKie be standing against AT or against a Lib Dem candidate?
A lib dem voter will not vote for Mr McKie as they are pro Europe - so he will take votes from AT who is just as Euro Sceptic as Mr Mc Kie so why is he standing against him? Ego?

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by roger mazillius

6th December 2013, at 09:30:21

I would bet that Mr. Mc. would have a better chance of winning this seat than any Lib Dem, most of whose "class" supporters are now active Independents.
It takes a huge amount of organisation to win a General Election and my feel of it is that the Lib Dems here are in practice, a busted flush -(no disrespect to Cllr Barry!)
So once again the Party to beat will be the Conservatives either with or without Andrew T.
So perhaps one of those "Famous Grouse" personalised labels might help. eg "Wobbly Wonker" (careful) or "Terrible Turner" or just "A.N.Other". All good fun surely?

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