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Posted on October 02
In response to the news that SSI UK has gone into liquidation Jonathan Arnott, Redcar’s local UKIP Euro-MP, said: "The SSI plant in Redcar has been an integral part of the local community for many, many years. Not only will these 1,700 jobs now be lost with all the uncertainty that redundancy creates, there will be a secondary impact on many other local companies associated with the steel industry.
"Redcar already has a high level of unemployment, so the impact upon the local community cannot be overestimated. I am deeply disappointed that our government did not fight harder to keep SSI open - and in the part played by EU state aid rules and British energy policy. Whilst I welcome the £80 million government package to help redundant workers, could that money not have been better spent to keep the plant open in the first place?Continue reading...
Posted on October 02
The National Trust has discovered that in two thirds of areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty planning schemes were given the nod ahead of concerns for the environment.Continue reading...
Responding to this Andrew Charalambous, UKIP Housing & Environment Spokesman said: "The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is potentially the biggest ever threat to the British environment from a government that once aspired to be Britain's greenest ever. The government must take immediate steps to enshrine the protection of our countryside in law. This will necessitate the undoing of the NPPF which will make our country unrecognisable within a decade. No government has the right to deprive future generations of the great spectacle of the British countryside.
Posted on October 01
Responding today to an article from Lord Lawson announcing that he will be campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said that whilst he welcomed the news, the campaign must focus outside of Westminster on issues the public care about.
Nigel Farage said: "Whilst I welcome Lord Lawson in his new role as head of Conservatives for Britain which will apparently be be campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, there are a few issues we must make clear.
"Whilst winning support from Westminster figures is important, this referendum cannot be won in Westminster but out across the country. That is why I have been so impressed by the Leave.EU campaign which is signing up thousands of supporters every week and why I and other UKIP MEPs have been going across the country holding public meetings on the Say No to EU national tour, speaking to thousands of voters.Continue reading...
Posted on September 30
Latest figures from the Ipsos/Mori issues index have shown that 40% now regard immigration as the biggest single issue facing the UK, with 56% regarding it as one of the most important. Even 49% of Labour supporters rate it as the highest concern.
UKIP Immigration Spokesman Steven Woolfe said, “This poll number reflects badly on those amongst our country’s leaders who do not see how mass uncontrolled immigration is damaging the fabric of our nation. The people of this country do because they have the common sense to see that mass migration changes nations. If a country loses too many of its talented, economically aspirational people like those on the periphery of the Eurozone it is destined for economic failure. But if a country attracts millions of foreign born residents at an unplanned, accelerated rate it's infrastructure and public services are bound to creak at the seams.Continue reading...
Posted on September 30
Attendees at the UKIP conference in Doncaster raised £2000 for forces charity Pilgrim Bandits which helps injured servicemen and women and amputees maintain active lives. The charity were invited to the event to fundraise by the party's defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP as the charity's patron, Ben Parkinson MBE, is a local resident.
Mike Hookem said, "I am proud - although not surprised - that party members dug deep into their pockets for such a worthwhile charity which recognises that people who had very active lives prior to any injury should have every chance to keep that up, even if they have lost limbs.
"The party is incredibly supportive of the military and veterans and having Ben Parkinson to help us fundraise ensured we made as much money as possible."Continue reading...