Ukip has confirmed that its policy on immigration, one of its strongest selling points at the polls, is “under review”. A party spokesman also accepted that it may increase the cap it has previously backed of 50,000 people moving to the UK a year.
Ukip in its 2010 manifesto said: “We aspire to ensure that any future immigration does not exceed 50,000 people per annum.”
All three mainstream parties are promising to put Ukip policy under renewed scrutiny. Michael Gove, the education secretary, promised there would be civilised scrutiny, adding that Ukip had a black hole in its spending commitments of £120bn. Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, claimed Ukip was already looking uncomfortable on specifics of its immigration policy.