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  • We need more joined up thinking to harness the skills of veterans

    Posted on January 15

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Veterans Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has welcomed proposals by the Gatsby Foundation to retrain members of the armed forces as FE teachers, saying; "it has long been UKIP policy to keep the valuable skills veterans have acquired in the public sector."

    The scheme, funded by the Education and Retraining Foundation and the Gatsby Charity Foundation, expects to retrain 110 military service leavers over the next 18 months in areas such as science, engineering and technology.

    Speaking of the teacher training initiative, Mr Hookem said, "members of the armed forces pick up a great deal of expertise and experience during their service, much of which is currently lost to the public sector when troops return to civilian life."

    "As a nation we should be harnessing this experience for the public good and allow veterans to continue their public service in civilian life.

    "Initiatives such as this also aid the transition between service and civilian life, which some members of the armed forces can find incredibly difficult."

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  • The army is not the enemy Mr Corbyn

    Posted on January 12

    thumbnail_bill4.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence spokesman, has slated claims by a spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn that British troops in Eastern Europe are escalating tensions between NATO and Russia.

    Nia Griffith, the Labour Shadow Defence secretary, said she was not considering her position over the issue but that support for Nato was a “red line” but suggested that Mr Corbyn would not back a military response from NATO if Russia invaded Estonia - despite hundreds of UK troops due to be stationed there.

    Mr Etheridge, said “Once again we have the official opposition in complete and utter disarray. Accusing the army of destabilising the international situation is stabbing brave soldiers in the back. Men and women who cannot speak out in their own defence.

    “The left arm does not know what the even further left arm is doing.

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  • Tories and Labour thrash around to find a coherent Immigration policy

    Posted on January 12

    pZCIEEd9.jpegTories and Labour thrash around to find a coherent Immigration policy, with David Lammy and a crowd of senior Union and NGO figures calling for continued unlimited immigration, and Robert Goodwill, the Immigration Minister coming up with a scheme that will penalise business, restrict talent, yet do little to control our borders.

    John Bickley, the UKIP Immigration spokesman commented, "Yet again we see a Labour MP throwing stones in a glass house. On June 23rd the British people made it clear that they wanted to Leave the EU. Now one of their senior MPs, David Lammy tells us that politicians are “detached” from mass swathes of the public, yet his own actions confirm that he is one of those 'detached' politicians. He wants the referendum to be rerun and he voted against the triggering of Article 50, so both the words hypocrite and sore loser come to mind.

    "The Labour Party is led by a man who for the last forty years has been been anti EU but bizarrely claims he now wants to remain in the Single Market, which means the UK effectively doesn't leave the EU. Let me help the poor deluded Labour Party: we voted to leave the EU, no if's, no but's. If I serve out a prison sentence I don't expect, as I walk out the the main gate to be tapped on the shoulder by the governor & told I might be free but have to return each day to the prison for my meals. Leave means Leave!

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  • German efforts to clamp down on migrants wasted while Schengen remains

    Posted on January 11

    download_(1).jpgUKIP’s Home Affairs Spokeswoman, Jane Collins MEP, has welcomed German moves to clamp down on migrants who lie about their identity or who are violent, saying, “tighter security in Germany can only be a good thing for the rest of Europe and the UK.”

    Miss Collins comments come after Germany’s interior and justice ministers worked together in the wake of the Berlin terror attack to strengthen security rules on those migrants who could harm Germans or who have “been deceptive about their identities.”

    Speaking from Brussels, Ms Collins said, “Only in the wake of yet another terror attack have some members of Angela Merkel’s coalition government woken up to the threat posed by a minority of the migrants who rushed to Germany after the Chancellor threw the doors wide open.”

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  • Government need to revisit their policy of non engagement towards Le Pen

    Posted on January 11

    James_Carver.jpegJames Carver MEP, UKIP's Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs spokesman, has criticised the government's decision not to engage with French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, after it was revealed by the British Ambassador to France, that they had established contact with all other leading candidates.

    Mr Carver said "It's bad diplomacy not to consider all eventualities in the next French presidential election, and with Mme. Le Pen expected to, at the least, reach the final round run-off in May, our government are refusing to engage with a politician who could become the President of a country just 21 miles away.

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