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  • Patrick O’Flynn MEP responds to government 'SPADS' bill passing £8m

    Posted on December 18

    patch.jpgUKIP’s Economic Spokesman Patrick O’Flynn has said it is “very disappointing” that the cost of government Special Advisers has gone up by 17% in a year to £8.4 million.

    Six advisers are being paid £100,000 or more, with the list topped by David Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and his director of communications Craig Oliver, who each received £140,000.

    Patrick O’Flynn MEP said: “These figures are very disappointing when you consider that the government has at the same time failed get a handle on Britain’s spiralling debt and fiscal deficit.

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  • EU expecting 'huge gift from Santa', says UKIP's EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott

    Posted on December 18

    jonthan.jpgThe EU is expecting a ‘huge gift from Santa’, according to UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott, as EU leaders gather in Brussels to discuss a €315 billion investment fund proposed by EU President, Jean – Claude Juncker.

    The fund, unveiled towards the end last month, is planned to result in €315bn investment in the EU economy in the forthcoming years, using a guarantee of €16 billion from the EU budget and €5 billion from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

    Getting from €21bn to €315bn represents a leverage ratio of 15, a figure that has triggered fierce criticism that the European Commission is merely using figures which ‘don’t add up’.

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  • Further defence cuts are utter madness in a world aflame with conflict

    Posted on December 18

    Mike_Hookem.jpgMike Hookem MEP, UKIP’s Defence Spokesman has branded further cuts to the UK defence budget as, “utter madness in a world aflame with conflict.”

    His comments came after Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon suggested that a future Tory Government might well cut military budgets even further.

    Mr. Hookem said; “To further reduce the defence budget and troop numbers in the current climate is utter madness, as the world is currently aflame with conflict. In this year alone there have been flashpoints in the Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, not to mention recent terrorist incidents in Pakistan, Australia, Canada and the US. We need armed forces that are well resourced, properly manned and fit for purpose, a situation that would be hard to achieve if further cut were to be made. This could seriously inhibit our ability to defend British interests around the world; could damage our security at home and would put further strain on our already over stretched and under resourced troops.”

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  • EU Commission Work and Investment Programme based on fantasy economics

    Posted on December 17

    Warming to the Christmas spirit, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP lampooned Commission President Juncker about this proposed EU investment fund which will be leveraged 15 times.

    In a debate today in the European Parliament Paul Nuttall MEP said: "The central feature of the agenda is Mr Juncker's investment plan where somehow he is going to magically turn 21 billion euro into 300 billion euro. Well now to get into to festive spirit, it reminds me of the Pogues classic song 'A Fairy Tale in New York' because what we are witnessing here today is 'A Fairy Tale in Strasbourg'.

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  • Drop in unemployment is welcome, but more needs to be done

    Posted on December 17

    JaneCollins.jpgJane Collins, UKIP’s employment spokesman, has today ‘welcomed’ the latest fall in unemployment figures, but expressed ‘grave concerns’ that not enough is being done to tackle wage compression; exclusive recruitment from other EU countries and the divide between London and the rest of the country.

    Jane, commenting on official figures released today, that showed UK unemployment in the three months to October fell 63,000 to 1.96 million, said; “While I welcome any fall in the unemployment figures, much more still needs to be done. This is especially true in the north, where long term unemployment, lack of investment, wage compression and competition for jobs between EU migrant and indigenous workers are all still huge problems.”

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