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  • Farewell Dr Raj Chandran, a loyal UKIP member, from the Chairman

    Posted on September 26


    It was with great sadness last week that we received confirmation of the death of Dr Raj Chandran, a loyal member of our party who held a position on our National Executive Committee at the time of his passing, writes UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden.

    I had known Dr Chandran personally since he joined UKIP in my home region of the East Midlands a few years ago. Since that time, Raj never failed to demonstrate his commitment and dedication to serving our members, whether it be by sponsoring meetings or hosting fund raising events at his own home. His experience of being a former Mayor and candidate both in Parliamentary and Police & Crime Commissioner elections was invaluable and he was always happy to pass that experience on. 

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  • Corbyn turns his nose up at traditional Labour supporters

    Posted on September 25

    Image-1.pngResponding to Jeremy Corbyn's appearance on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, UKIP Leader Diane James MEP said: "Jeremy Corbyn just can't help himself. A personal position of hardline socialist rhetoric continues after a fruitless and ineffective leadership challenge. The future of the Labour party is now dismal given the policy making foundation he is bequeathing to his party. Possibly a real personal achievement for him and his entryist friends in Momentum but an absolute tragedy for the effectiveness of the Official UK Opposition party and for the United Kingdom.

    "Corbyn's solution to the uncontrolled wage reducing EU migration which even he admits depresses the wages of UK unskilled workers is some sort of mysterious ‘migrant fund’. He wants to underfund our armed forces and turn them into the social workers of armed conflict. His solution to the perils facing our economy of too much personal and government debt is to spend an eye watering £500 billion more of borrowed public money on Labour’s pet projects. To top it off his answer to making Britain successful after Brexit is to call a meeting of socialist parties from across the continent to find some answers. These are the same parties which preside over unparalleled levels of youth unemployment and policies which have bankrupted many of the smaller economies in the bloc.

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  • Dr Julia Reid MEP expresses her optimism for life-sciences in a Post-Brexit Britain

    Posted on September 23

    Portrait-of-Julia.jpgUKIP MEP Dr Julia Reid, a research biochemist by profession, is delighted to hear that earlier this month, Europe’s largest biomedical laboratory, known as the Francis Crick Institute, opened in London.

    The biomedical research institute aims to determine how certain illnesses develop, and then with this knowledge, scientists aim to prevent, diagnose and also treat conditions such as: cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and diseases of the brain.

    The Francis Crick institute, which boasts a total floor space of 93,000m2, has been made possible by the innovative partnership between the Medical Research Council (which is a UK government funding agency that invests in research on behalf of the tax payer), two charities and three universities based in London.

    Combined, these six leading medical research organisations have spent a total of around £700 million on the Crick’s institute; by pooling their resources into what is now the largest biomedical research institute under one roof, they hope to attract some of the best and brightest young scientists from all across the UK and the rest of the world, in order to take the UK to the forefront of biomedical sciences.

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  • Meet UKIP's new Leader

    Posted on September 23

    20160916_141546.jpgThis week we have been inundated with emails from UKIP members all over the country asking for more information about our new Party Leader. We hope you will find the following useful!

    Diane James is a member of the European Parliament for South East England and Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Diane brings leadership skills and experience of a career that spans over 30 years in the healthcare arena to both these roles. Initially trained as a business analyst, then specialising in healthcare strategy development, innovation and business transformation, Diane understands that elected representatives need to be held accountable.

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  • Dr Julia Reid MEP supports Gibraltar’s right to sovereignty & self determination

    Posted on September 19

    Portrait-of-Julia.jpgAs a Member of the European Parliament, who represents both the South West Counties & Gibraltar, Dr Julia Reid was invited by the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, to help celebrate Gibraltar National Day, which took place on the 10th of September.

    The following week, during the opening speech at the UKIP National Conference in Bournemouth, Dr Reid told the audience that: “the prospect of a Brexit has come as an unwelcome shock to the majority of Gibraltarians”.

    Dr Reid described their concerns as being “understandable”, given that in the wake of the UK's vote to exit the European Union, Spain renewed calls for joint sovereignty of Gibraltar; with Spain’s acting foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, saying that the referendum result has significantly advanced the prospect of a Spanish flag flying on the rock of Gibraltar.

    However, despite the people of Gibraltar voting overwhelmingly in favour to remain part of the European Union, the results of the EU referendum haven’t changed the way the Gibraltarian people feel about their British identity.

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