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  • A Blairite Budget from a spend and borrow government

    Posted on November 25

    -TiH7_T0.jpgUKIP Economics Spokesman Mark Reckless responds to today's Spending Review and Autumn Statement: "It is clearly evident that UKIP is now the only tax cutting party.  

    "The Chancellor had promised he would eliminate the deficit by the end of the last Parliament. Now he claims he will eliminate it by the end of this Parliament. But who really believes that, or the Chancellor’s convenient claims that borrowing will fall to less than £50 billion (£49.9 billion) next year and less than £25 billion (£24.8 billion) in 2017/18?

    "Doesn't George Osborne realise our deficit is one of the largest of the world when almost all other countries have cut theirs? Why, having promised an 80/20 split between spending cuts and tax rises, is he now relying increasingly on tax rises, an insurance tax hike this month, and now a 2% centrally mandated increase in council tax plus potentially large rises in police precept? 

    "The answer is that spending is now projected to rise by over £100 billion over the Parliament, from £750 billion this year to £857 billion in 2020/21. That is because, as well as protecting areas where the country supports spending, such as the NHS, schools and, finally, defence, the Government is throwing away vast sums on the wrong spending priorities.

    "As well as increasing our contribution to the EU to £55 million a day, the government has now increased our spending on overseas aid to £30 million a day, rising to nearly £40 million per day by the end of the parliament. There will be more spent, we have learnt today, on overseas aid than the government spends on the Home Office, including our police. Surely this is insane when the greatest threat to the people of this country is terrorism.

    "Despite the Chancellor’s claims today, from next year the Government will be cutting spending on the Home Office, including the police, from £11.2 billion next year to £11.0 billion in 2018/19, a substantial cut in real terms.  

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  • Mike Hookem MEP: "We cannot send British Forces into Syria without Combat Search and Rescue"

    Posted on November 25

    MH_Navy.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem has warned MPs ahead of the vote on action in Syria to remember that the UK no longer has its own combat search and rescue team should any military personnel find themselves in enemy territory.

    The MEP and former soldier was speaking after a Russian aircraft was shot down over the border between Turkey and Syria and there were concerns the pilots had been killed.

    "We have seen how dangerous and unstable the situation in and around Syria is and situation of the Russian pilots after they ejected from his aircraft demonstrates this" Mr Hookem said.

    "It is irresponsible of MPs to rush into authorising the RAF to undertake airstrikes in Syria when we do not have a combat search and rescue following its privatisation by the Coalition government in 2012.

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  • Cameron will never win fundamental reforms on the UK's EU membership as latest defeat demonstrates

    Posted on November 25

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins has responded to claims from a European diplomat that the British government plans to drop demands for a welfare curb on EU workers describing it as "another defeat for British interests. by our own Prime Minister who has proved that he cannot win a battle against fundamentalist EU ideology."

    Speaking from Strasbourg, Mrs Collins said: "Mr Cameron has insisted that reform of the EU is possible but the evidence shows it is not: Brussels has knocked back every attempt by the government to win real reforms and they will continue to do so because as we hear in Strasbourg today, they want MORE Europe, not less.

    "There is no way we will be able to limit EU workers' rights because to do so would require treaty change. We can't even control our borders from terrorists because of Brussels rules.

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  • All aboard the HS2 gravy train…

    Posted on November 25

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has condemned the ‘greedy and disgusting’ pay packets of HS2 railway bosses after a report revealed 46 of its staff are earning more than the Prime Minister. She said it was ‘sickening’ to see so much money being wasted on a project which would cut through historic parts of the British countryside, for the benefit of just a small minority of commuters.

    A report in the Financial Times has revealed that HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby is the highest paid civil servant in the UK, bringing in £750,000 a year. Jim Crawford, managing director of the infrastructure division, is on a salary of £393,000, the report says, while chairman Sir David Higgins makes £242,400 – despite working just a three-day week.

    Mrs Seymour said: “The greed of this project is frankly unbelievable. The HS2 wage bill is £37 million, spread among 626 staff – that’s an average wage of £58,809, which is more than twice the UK average. It is disgusting to see such huge sums being thrown at a vanity project which the majority of people in the UK neither want, nor need. The budget seems to be going up every week.

    “No wonder concerns are being raised that HS2 is draining resources from Network Rail, which is desperately in need of every penny it can find, to keep the existing UK rail infrastructure in good working order. HS2 is not a high-speed rail link it’s a gravy train for overpaid executives.”

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  • UKIP warns again that the free of movement of people is leading to the free of movement of Jihad

    Posted on November 25

    Today in the European Parliament Plenary UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP offered his and the EFDD's condolences to the victims of the Paris attacks and their families. Speaking about the causes of the attack and potential solutions he said, "We must first realise who our enemy is and who our enemy is not. We must not see foreign policy through the eyes of the student common room. We must come together to cut out the cancer of radical Islamism.

    "I warned in this chamber six weeks ago, to howls of derision, that freedom of movement of people in Europe would in the end lead to freedom of movement of jihad and I'm afraid, unfortunately I was proven correct.

    "So if we are to take steps to solve the crisis that we face we must first cut out its source which is the problems in Syria through a Cold War coalition and at the same time we must prevent it at home by reinstating border controls and clamping down on Saudi sponsored Wahhabism which is a growing clear and present danger within many of our communities."

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