Carswell and Reckless skip UK manifesto launch
Former Tories Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell fail to attend the party's manifesto launch, sparking fears of a rift at the top of the UK hierarchy
High profile UKIP defectors Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless were absent from this morning’s UKIP manifesto launch, according to reporters from the Guido Fawkes website.
The news will spark rumours of a leadership rift at the top of the party, following leaked polling data that showed Reckless and Nigel Farage were likely to be unsuccessful in the General election and reports that the party is reducing the number of target seats it is trying to win.
Addressing the audience at the launch, Farage said, "UKIP has a plan, we genuinely want to make working people better off. And we will do that by leading the charge and making the argument for a low tax revolution.
"We genuinely want to make work pay and for people to have incentives to do better. And we believe that will unleash a kind of economic dynamism that has not been seen in this country in a long time."
Press attendees at the event claimed they were booed and jeered by UK aides and activists.
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