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Farage rejects 'WAG tax' proposal

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has shot down proposals for the party to levy a "luxury goods tax" on items such as designer shoes and handbags.

Economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn put forward the idea of a 25% VAT rate for top-end goods, quickly dubbed a "WAG tax", at the Ukip annual party conference in Doncaster.

However, Mr Farage has moved to kill off the idea, saying it was no more than a "discussion point" that "isn't going to happen".

"I am very happy to give the freedom to our spokesmen and spokeswomen to float ideas but I'm pretty certain that while I'm leader that will not be in our manifesto," he said in an interview with BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show to be broadcast today.

"As far as I am concerned it's dead. It was a discussion point yesterday. It isn't going to happen."

It comes after the party's biggest ever conference, during which Conservative b ackbencher Mark Reckless the second Tory MP in a month to defect to Ukip and trigger a by-election by quitting parliament.

Mr Farage also declared that Ukip is "parking our tanks" on Labour's lawn and tearing vast chunks out of its vote, while his colleagues set out a raft of policies including plans to take minimum wage earners out of income tax altogether and abolish inheritance tax.

Ukip chairman Steve Crowther agreed that part of the party's appeal was that it was "shambolic" and did not attempt to be as slick as its rivals.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics: "My feeling is we have to clearly make clear that we are capable of having ideas and being able to deal with all of the aspects of government that we might be asked to deal with following the next general election, and we do that.

"But if sometimes we are a little bit hard-edged or sometimes we stub our toe, I don't think that's a problem.

"It's part of our brand, frankly, it's part of what Ukip is."

He added: "I haven't said being shambolic is something I wish to boast about."

But he continued: "I believe that it is true that Ukip is ... liked by its electorate because it is not always as slick and as polished as the other political parties.

"I think it's very important. It is the slick polish and nothing ever apparently going wrong, that leads to, frankly, torpedoes hitting you below the waterline."

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