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  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage announces two key frontbench spokesmen roles with more to follow

    Posted on July 23

    PatrickOflynn.jpgSteveWoolfe.jpgNigel Farage today began putting in place the frontbench team he wants to fight the general election for UKIP.

    North West MEP Steven Woolfe will take over as Migration spokesman but also retain a role as Financial Affairs spokesman. Meanwhile Eastern MEP Patrick O'Flynn becomes Economic spokesman.

    Nigel Farage said: "I can think of nobody better than Steven to develop and communicate policy in the absolutely crucial area of migration, which opinion surveys show is now the number one issue for voters.

    "He is already brimming with ideas as to how UKIP can deliver the firm but fair immigration system that the British public craves but which is not on offer from any of the other parties.

    "I have also asked him to retain a role as Financial Affairs spokesman in recognition of his expertise in the field of financial services. It is a lot of responsibility but I am confident he will take it in his stride.

    "I am also very pleased that Patrick has agreed to become Economics spokesman, responsible for setting out our macroeconomic positions and honing our message on tax and spending issues.

    "My reshuffle is underway and there will be lots of new appointments announced very soon to ensure that we use the best of the great breadth of talent UKIP now has at its disposal."

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  • European Commission wants to investigate every institution but itself says Jill Seymour MEP

    Posted on July 23

    124950.jpgUKIP MEP Jill Seymour said in response to suggestion of a European Parliament intergroup on Integrity:

    "Voters will laugh to hear the European Commission wants to investigate every institution but itself."

    "Given that the EU is a byword for corruption and waste, it is risible that the European Commission is refusing to initiate an independent investigation into its own affairs. Before criticising others, the Commission should clear up its own back yard, given its huge budget and lack of transparency.

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  • Margot Parker MEP slams Quango jobs for the boys

    Posted on July 23

    UKIP MEP Margot Parker slams Quango jobs for the boys during the latest meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality:

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  • UKIP's Louise Bours MEP's campaign against taxpayer-funded EU propaganda bizarrely opposed by a Labour MEP

    Posted on July 23

    124964.jpgUKIP's campaign against taxpayer-funded EU propaganda was bizarrely opposed by a Labour MEP - who defended the use of public money for an 'artists' cooperative' in the mountains of Northern Germany.

    The stunning justification for the EU's vast 'cultural budget' - long a tool to fund pro-EU propaganda from the public purse - came after newly-elected UKIP MEP for the North West Louise Bours ridiculed how these funds are spent.

    Addressing the EU's Committee on Culture and Education, whose €1.4 billion budget is responsible for outrageous past projects such as the 'House of EU History', Bours said:

    'My constituents who I represent in the North-West of England would be utterly appalled looking back at this committee’s previous spending of €60million used to build a house of EU history while they were forced to queue for food-banks to feed their families.’

    Opposing the 'squandering' of yet more money on more propaganda - such as countless more EU flags all over Europe and the UK - Bours vowed: ‘UKIP will vote to cut all money for shameless EU self-promotion’.

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  • UKIP demand Lord Hanningfield has title removed

    Posted on July 23

    CMLJ20140415F-013_C.jpegUKIP County Councillors in Essex are leading the charge for former Tory peer Lord Hanningfield, who was charged with six counts of false accounting, to lose his peerage.

    At yesterday's corportate scrutiny committee meeting at Essex County Council, the Leader of the County Council agreed to take up a UKIP initiative for Lord Hanningfield to have his title removed. This was after the Conservatives voted for no further action to be taken.

    UKIP's Essex County Council Leader Cllr Jamie Huntman said: "In my view he is unfit to remain a peer of the realm, this man's largesse knew no bounds when it came to spending taxpayers money. Essex people work long and hard for what they earn and I believe he should be stripped of his peerage."

    "The Leader of Essex County Council agreed to take up this UKIP initiative and has said he will write to the House of Lords on behalf of the County Council to ask Lord Hanningfield has his title removed which we believe would be a fair and just consequence of his actions."​​

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