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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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  • UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn warns that government borrowing is back out of control

    Posted on July 23

    PatrickOflynn.pngNew UKIP economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn MEP today branded the coalition government a total failure, after the latest official borrowing figures showed that the public sector deficit is rising sharply once again.

    Borrowing in June totalled £11.4bn, some £700million more than had been forecast by economists, and a massive £3.8bn up on the same month last year.

    Allowing for the impact of a one-off cash transfer from the Bank of England last year, borrowing in the first quarter of the 2014-15 financial year has come in at £36.1bn, some 7.3% higher than the same period in the previous year.

    Mr O'Flynn said: "This coalition government was formed to get rid of the deficit and yet it barely got a third of the way towards that target and now it is going backwards fast.

    "Given the huge accumulation of extra debt that has already taken place under George Osborne's chancellorship, this is a profoundly worrying turn of events.

    "The Labour Party has barely seemed to notice that the big economic story of the summer is the deficit soaring once again, while complacency remains the watchword of the Osborne/Alexander regime at the Treasury.

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  • UKIP response to Lord Ashcroft Polls

    Posted on July 22

    Tim Aker MEP said: "The results of these polls are welcome news showing that UKIP continues to make steady progress and is on course to make a historic impact in next year's General Election.

    "There is of course much work to be done but with hard work, the targeting of resources and of course the continued support of the British people we have every confidence that the UKIP fox will well and truly be in the Westminster Hen house come next May."

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  • Landmark Poll shows UKIP on course to win Thurrock

    Posted on July 22

    TimAkerHOP.gifA new poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft today has revealed that UKIP is currently on course to make history in the constituency of Thurrock next year by electing a UKIP MP.

    The poll shows UKIP leading on 36% in the constituency, with Labour trailing on 30% and the Conservatives with 28%.

    UKIP MEP and prospective Thurrock candidate Tim Aker said: "This poll shows that the people of Thurrock are ready to make history next year by electing a UKIP MP.

    "I will be putting my heart and soul in to campaigning over the next year, as I have for the past few years, into showing the people of Thurrock why UKIP represents the best option for the constituency and the change they want to see. As the only local candidate who is from the borough I want to see Thurrock lead the country in doing politics differently; fewer soundbites, more straight talking.

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