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Posted on February 09
Following Friday’s announcement of unanimous support by UKIP MEPs for the Brexit campaign Grassroots Out, the Chairman of the UKIP Councillors Association David Sprason has called for all UKIP Councillors to follow suit and back Grassroots Out.
David Sprason said "It is clear to me that the only group who are actually engaging with people on the doorstep is 'Grassroots Out'. It reflects the work UKIP Councillors carry out on a regular basis so I think it is time that all UKIP Councillors support and get behind Grassroots Out. It has proved to be a truly cross party campaign working to get us out of the undemocratic EU"Continue reading...
Posted on February 08
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on prison reform today, Diane James MEP, UKIP’s Justice and Home Affairs spokesman said: “When he was Justice Secretary Ken Clarke relaxed sentences and let out prisoners early yet the Prison system is still overwhelmed and creaking at the seams. Unless the Government takes steps to reduce overcrowding David Cameron’s justifiable concerns will be seen as nothing more than crocodile tears.
“On almost every level the Government is failing the Prison service. Staff, particularly at public sector jails, have been consistently cut over the past few years and we are now witnessing the consequences. Suicides are up. Recidivist rates are up. Assaults on staff up. Violence in prisons is up.Continue reading...
Posted on February 08
David Cameron has claimed that the UK leaving the European Union would lead to Calais ‘Jungle’-style camps in the South East of England.
Responding UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "Once again we see the pro-EU establishment adopting fear and scaremongering tactics. This is a desperate attempt from David Cameron to distract people from his pathetic, bungled EU deal. Le Touquet treaty is a bilateral deal, nothing to do with the EU and of course international co-operation would continue once we leave the EU."
UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe added: “The baseless statements from David Cameron and the Remain camp that France will scrap its bilateral Calais border control agreement with the UK leaving our country vulnerable to illegal immigration and Calais-like 'Jungle' camps on the south coast are based on fears, negativity and a falsehood.
"Membership of the European Union is not a prerequisite for this agreement and it was negotiated and signed between two nation-states. The EU had nothing to do with this deal, and that's probably why it has worked for the past decade. Saying that France will unilaterally scrap this agreement is like suggesting that France will also scrap the Treaties on Defence and Security which the Prime Minister himself signed in 2010.Continue reading...
Posted on February 06
The BBC has been criticised by UKIP's Louise Bours MEP for its lack of coverage of female genital mutilation cases (FGM) in the UK. Today, Saturday, February 6 marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM and campaigners claim some 5,484 instances of the barbaric practice were reported in England alone between October 2014 and September last year.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre has released data today saying medical professionals had recorded 1,385 FGM cases in England between July and September alone. However, the charity Plan UK which campaigns against FGM, believes many more instances of the “hidden danger” go unreported. The BBC’s website carried no reports of the FGM statistics on its main front page website on either Friday or Saturday.
Louise Bours, MEP for the North West and UKIP Health Spokesman, said: “On Friday the BBC was leading all day about the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s ongoing stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It’s second most highly-rated story was about a crane collapsing in New York. Elsewhere it was crowing about its new Top Gear presenter and what Al Shabab was up to in Somalia.Continue reading...
Posted on February 05
An important message from UKIP Leader Nigel Farage:
It now looks clear that our once in a lifetime chance to break free from the European Union is almost upon us.
However pathetic David Cameron’s renegotiation appears to be, I believe that he will rush to a referendum in June and we must be ready.
Ever since the General Election I have made it clear that I will work with anyone from across the spectrum that wants to fight for us to leave the EU.
As two groups emerged to contest for the Electoral Commission’s designation, Leave.EU and Vote Leave, I have maintained a neutral stance between the two and tried my hardest to get them to come together and merge.
Sadly this has proved to be impossible.
However a genuine cross-party group has emerged: Grassroots Out. And I pay tribute to Conservative MPs Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove along with Labour’s Kate Hoey and others for launching this initiative.
What a pleasure it is to work with people who understand that this issue matters more than party politics and tribal division.
The aim of GO is for us to campaign together on the ground and to hold a series of big public meetings across the UK.
The first of these was held in Kettering the other day with 2,500 people turning out to see Peter Bone, Tom Pursglove and Philip Hollobone, all local Tory MPs on the platform with Labour MP Kate Hoey, the DUP’s Sammy Wilson and the surprise appearance of former Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
UKIP’s Margot Parker MEP chaired the event and I was on the stage with the others.
This is the way forward.Continue reading...
With the unanimous support of our MEPs we now commit to supporting Grassroots Out and want our branches and members to join with GO as a means of working with activists from other parties and none.