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  • Nigel Farage writes in The Daily Telegraph today

    Posted on July 30

    Nigel-Farge.jpgThe Prime Minister has scored a brilliant summer hit with the headline writers. “EU migrant benefit curbs fast-tracked”; “Government announces limits on EU migrants’ benefits access”; “New rules on migrant benefits to be announced as UK makes system more robust against abuse”; and “Further curbs to migrant access to benefits announced”.

    Except, of course, these headlines are from December, January, February and April respectively. His latest announcements on Europe and welfare are just a matter of the Government still trying to play catch-up with public opinion.

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  • Electoral Commission fail to act in Tower Hamlets election shambles

    Posted on July 30

    Due to efforts of four local residents there will now be a High Court trial into the elections amid claims of bribery, intimidation and fraud.

    In 2012 the Electoral Commission received complaints of fraudulent voting in Tower Hamlets. They released a list of recommendations in March 2013 to uphold the "integrity of elections in Tower Hamlets." In April 2014 they claimed, "We have been pleased that the Returning Officer and the Metropolitan Police have worked hard to put in place plans to deter and detect electoral fraud, which will help to ensure that the elections in the borough are run in a fair and transparent way in accordance with electoral law." Then in July 2014 they announced "action needed to restore confidence in Tower Hamlets."

    UKIP's Andrew McNeilis: "As a resident of and candidate in Tower Hamlets it is quite clear to me that the strong promises made to clean up electoral fraud did not translate to action on the ground. I personally witnessed intimidation, pressure and breaches of rules at both the polling station and counting booths.

    "It is a bad day for British democracy when Robert Mugabe's election process starts to look more transparent and better supervised than our own."

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  • PCC candidate pledges to give criminals a tough time

    Posted on July 30

    Keith_Rowe.jpgUKIP’s candidate in the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner by-election has set out his tough, “no-nonsense” vision for policing in the West Midlands.

    Keith Rowe, says the key role of Police and Crime Commissioners is to ensure that the voice of the public is heard at the highest levels in the police.

    If elected in August, he promises a tough stance on crime, ensuring the rights of law-abiding people are put first.

    He said: “I would be a strong and independently-minded leader bringing a no-nonsense, common sense approach to policing in the West Midlands Police area which would give criminals a tough time.

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  • A Turkish political ally of Cameron says woman mustn’t laugh in public

    Posted on July 30

    One of the most senior members of the Turkish government sparked an outcry on Tuesday, after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public.

    The deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development (AK) Party said:

    "A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what is not decent"

    "She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times," Arinc said in a speech on Monday, in the western Bursa region for the Bayram holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

    Responding Nigel Farage, UKIP leader and spokesman on Foreign Affairs said:

    “Enough with the jokes. We are obviously into the silly season when a key political ally of David Cameron says woman should not laugh in public.

    They say the problem with political jokes it that they often get elected and this has proven to be the case here.

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  • UKIP’s Transport Spokesman condemns Arriva Trains Wales

    Posted on July 30

    JillSeymour.jpgUKIP’s transport spokesman has condemned Arriva Trains Wales for its plans to axe morning rush-hour trains across the heart of Shropshire.

    Jill Seymour described it as the latest ‘kick in the teeth’ to rural commuters who relied on a quality public transport network more than most.

    Mrs Seymour, who represents UKIP on the European Union’s transport committee, was reacting to news that Arriva Trains Wales plans to stop its morning service from Wrexham to Birmingham, calling at Chirk, Gobowen, Shrewsbury and Telford.

    A feeder service which departs from Shrewsbury at 7am across the border into North Wales is also facing the axe when the new timetable comes into force next year.

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