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  • UKIP SCORES BY-ELECTION WIN IN MILIBAND'S BACKYARD

    Posted on July 25

    UKIP has picked up another seat on Doncaster Council after a stunning by-election win last night with over 40% of the vote.

    Paul Bissettt won the seat, winning it from Labour with the Conservatives trailing in a distant third.

    UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall said: "This is yet another sign of how UKIP is now the real opposition to Labour in many of their former heartlands. It is UKIP which is talking about the things people care about: controlling our borders, getting out of the EU and putting our own people first.

    "The message is clear to Ed Miliband and the Labour Party: we are taking the fight to you in your backyard.

    "The country will be able to hear much more from UKIP at our biggest ever Conference which will take place at Doncaster Racecourse on September 26th - 27th."

    Full details of UKIP's September Conference are here. http://www.ukip.org/doncaster

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  • Number of UKIP Spokesmen retain current portfolios

    Posted on July 24

    In addition to the appointments announced today and yesterday, a number of portfolios will be retained by the present spokesman. Those retaining their current positions are:

    Agriculture - Stuart Agnew
    Culture - Peter Whittle
    Energy - Roger Helmer
    Housing - Andrew Charalambous
    Local Government - Peter Reeve
    Trade - William Dartmouth​

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  • Additional new appointments to UKIP Frontbench

    Posted on July 24

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    UKIP has announced some additional new appointments to frontbench roles today.

    South East MEP Diane James has been appointed as Justice and Home Affairs Spokesman, whilst Yorkshire MEP Jane Collins will take on the Employment portfolio, with fellow Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir becoming Communities Spokesman.

    Margot Parker, MEP for the East Midlands will be Spokesman for Small Business. Rounding off this round of appointments, South East MEP Ray Finch will be UKIP's Fisheries Spokesman.

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  • Four new appointments made to UKIP Frontbench

    Posted on July 24

     

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    The UKIP reshuffle is now well under way, with four new appointments announced this morning.

    North West MEP Paul Nuttall will continue to serve as Deputy Leader whilst also taking on the portfolio for Education, Skills & Training.

    Newly-elected MEP Louise Bours will be taking on the role of Health Spokesman.

    Yorkshire MEP Mike Hookem, who has served in the RAF and as a reservist for the Commando Engineers, will be UKIP's Defence Spokesman.

    And MEP for the West Midlands Jill Seymour will be taking on the role of Transport Spokesman.

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  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage announces two key frontbench spokesmen roles with more to follow

    Posted on July 23

    PatrickOflynn.jpgSteveWoolfe.jpgNigel Farage today began putting in place the frontbench team he wants to fight the general election for UKIP.

    North West MEP Steven Woolfe will take over as Migration spokesman but also retain a role as Financial Affairs spokesman. Meanwhile Eastern MEP Patrick O'Flynn becomes Economic spokesman.

    Nigel Farage said: "I can think of nobody better than Steven to develop and communicate policy in the absolutely crucial area of migration, which opinion surveys show is now the number one issue for voters.

    "He is already brimming with ideas as to how UKIP can deliver the firm but fair immigration system that the British public craves but which is not on offer from any of the other parties.

    "I have also asked him to retain a role as Financial Affairs spokesman in recognition of his expertise in the field of financial services. It is a lot of responsibility but I am confident he will take it in his stride.

    "I am also very pleased that Patrick has agreed to become Economics spokesman, responsible for setting out our macroeconomic positions and honing our message on tax and spending issues.

    "My reshuffle is underway and there will be lots of new appointments announced very soon to ensure that we use the best of the great breadth of talent UKIP now has at its disposal."

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