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  • North Devon’s fishing fleet faces ‘imminent’ destruction because of government mismanagement

    Posted on October 20

    Fishermen_and_politicians_at_AFD_201014.jpegNorth Devon’s fishing fleet faces ‘imminent’ destruction because of government mismanagement and the Government must over-ride EU quota limits to save 1000-year-old community, says UKIP Chairman Steve Crowther.

    The North Devon fishing fleet could have virtually ceased to exist by Christmas, following a ban on ray and skate fishing imposed suddenly this week by the government’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The ban is the result of a failure by the MMO to keep track of fish landings against EU quotas, according to UKIP, who are seeking an urgent meeting with the European Fisheries Commissioner.

    “On Friday the MMO suddenly announced that ray and skate fishing – which constitutes more than 70% of North Devon’s catch – had to stop from this Sunday”, said UKIP's Chairman Steve Crowther.

    “Apparently, although fishermen have to report landings within 24 hours, the government were two to three months behind in their administration. Having caught up, they now find there’s no quota left nationally, after an abundant take in the Eastern Channel. So, despite the fact that North Devon’s fleet have not fulfilled their meagre quota, they’re banned from fishing and tied up in dock.

    “This spells the end for a fishing community based on Appledore which is the oldest in the country, dating back more than 1000 years. Because of a combination of shrinking EU quotas and government incompetence, the industry in North Devon is likely to be gone by Christmas. The businesses based on the Appledore Fish Dock cannot survive without fish. It’s like telling farmers during harvest to stay indoors until next year – without compensation.”

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  • UKIP Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle responds to Bill Oddie

    Posted on October 20

    Profile_Pic.jpgUKIP Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle said: "Bill Oddie's remarks this weekend, in which he described his shame at being British, and that the size of British families need 'to be contained' in the face of over population, were odious and misinformed.

    "If they had been made about any other country or its people, he would almost certainly be facing the sack.

    "The TV personality, whose salary as presenter of the BBC's SpringWatch, is effectively paid by British taxpayers, talked of the British as being a 'horrible race'.

    "Such bigoted comments reveal a very distorted view and a complete ignorance of the facts. British families, like their counterparts in Europe, are on average small; indeed the indigenous populations of most European countries have been in steady decline for some time.

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  • UKIP Fisheries spokesman to seek urgent meeting with EU Commissioner following removal of North Devon fleet's fishing rights

    Posted on October 19

    RayFinch.jpgRay Finch MEP, UKIP Fisheries Spokesman, is seeking an urgent meeting with the Fisheries Commissioner over the removal of virtually all remaining fishing rights in the Bristol Channel, which has left the North Devon fleet tied up and facing ruin.

    "The decision by the Marine Management Organisation to immediately close the Skate and Ray fisheries over areas V1 and V11 is an absolute disgrace. The MMO says it must do so in fear of penalties to be imposed by the European Commission. This only makeseven more urgent the United Kingdom's exit from the Common Fisheries Policy.

    "The fishermen in the Bristol Channel will be completely wiped out because of this cowardly and draconian measure, ending an industry that is worth many millions of pounds a year. 70% of the white fish caught in the area are Skate and Rays. The Government is presiding over the utter destruction of hundreds, perhaps thousands of jobs in the UK fishing industry. The Tory Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, does nothing to protect UK fishermen and is craven in his attitude towards the EU.

    "UKIP's policy of withdrawal from the CFP and resumption of our sovereignty over our waters is the only way in which we can build sustainable stocks and have a viable business model for the industry and people of our coastal fisheries. The port of Appledore has a history of fishing going back 1,000 years and the Conservative Party is prepared to let that proud heritage die. It is nothing short of treason.

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  • Latest Poll shows UKIP on 24% demonstrating other pollsters 'should move with the times' says UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

    Posted on October 18

    UKIP_M0394.jpegThe latest poll from ComRes, prompting UKIP to potential voters, reveals the party on track for 24% in the General Election.

    Most polls fail to offer UKIP as a choice for voters, altering the outcome for the party significantly. However, ComRes gave voters the opportunity to opt for UKIP alongside the three establishment parties, with the result of almost a quarter of people choosing Nigel Farage's party as their first choice in May.

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  • Jack Clarkson: "£40,000 payoff for Thacker insulting to victims"

    Posted on October 18

    Commenting on revelations that Joyce Thacker, former director of children’s service at Rotherham Council was paid £40,000 to leave her post, UKIP’s South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, Jack Clarkson said:

    “It is an insult to the victims of Joyce Thacker failures, that she had to be bribed with a £40,000 pay off to leave her post at Rotherham council. She presided over the catastrophic failure of children in the town of Rotherham and should have been sacked with not a penny of compensation. If the woman had a shred of decency, she would refuse the payment, or donate to a charity that is now trying to tackle the problems she help create. ”

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