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Posted on September 01
UKIP has today pledged to fight for the abolition of tolls on the Severn Bridges connecting England and Wales. Leader Nigel Farage, and the party’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour, travelled to the crossings over the Severn Estuary this morning to make the announcement.
The tolls are damaging prospects of economic growth, and claims the cost of scrapping charges could be offset by choosing a cheaper option for a proposed M4 relief road. Ownership of the two Severn Crossing bridges is due to pass from a private French-owned firm into public hands in 2018. And UKIP sees this as an opportunity for the tolls to be scrapped once and for all.
Mr Farage said: “It is simply unfair that motorists entering Wales must pay the highest tolls in the country. It not only hinders transport and economic development for Wales. It divides Wales from England.
“Abolishing tolls will encourage travel to Wales and boost the economy by an estimated £107 million annually, according to the Welsh Government’s own figures.
“The UK government has already yielded a massive revenue of £154 million by charging VAT on Severn Tolls, despite promising to waive the additional tax, a promise they were forced to break due to EU legislation.”Continue reading...
Posted on September 01
This morning UKIP Leader Nigel Farage made it crystal clear that he was not trying to be the lead campaigner, and that he and UKIP would work with anybody to secure the precious No vote in the forthcoming EU referendum. On Friday Mr Farage will be speaking in London, adding exciting new details of UKIP's biggest ever outreach campaign.
He told Radio 4’s Today programme this morning: “Let’s be clear. I am not refusing to work with anybody. I will work with absolutely anyone for us to get a No vote in this referendum.
“There are two competing groups who want to get the nomination for the No campaign. All I am saying is I am not choosing one side or the other. We will work with whichever of them gets the nomination.
Posted on August 28
Mr Hookem said he did not think Sir John’s response to the families of the bereaved was sufficient and said it was “a matter of urgency that the truth behind the decision for the UK to invade and occupy Iraq needs to be finished sooner rather than later.”
Speaking as families have threatened legal action over the delay in releasing the report, which was started in 2009, Mr Hookem said he thought the families had “a right to know why their loved ones died and in whose name so they could complete the grieving process.”Continue reading...
Posted on August 27
"If open borders are not part of the Cameron renegotiation then what's the point of it?
"Given 192,000 from Romania and Bulgaria registered for National Insurance in the year period, how can we believe the ONS figure of 53,000 from the same two countries in the same year?"Continue reading...
Posted on August 26
UKIP Policy Chief Mark Reckless says it is high time politicians in Wales woke up to the disastrous impact energy policy is having on industry, putting thousands of jobs at stake
In yet another blow to Wales, Tata Steel has announced mothballing its plant in Llanwern, signalling the loss of 250 jobs. This comes just a year after the steel giant announced closing its site in Port Talbot, costing 400 jobs. Last month Tata closed two sites in Yorkshire blaming ‘crippling high electricity costs’
“Announcements like these spell disaster for hundreds of people whose jobs rely on a thriving industrial sector. With hopeless energy policy driving up operational costs to unmanageable levels, massive companies like Tata are closing plants in Wales in favour of cheaper sites elsewhere. The real impact on the Welsh economy must not be underestimated.Continue reading...