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  • European Parliament vote against reduced Tampon Tax

    Posted on May 26

    Louise_Bours200.jpgThe EU parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons as part of a vote on the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality report, "Poverty: a gender perspective".

    There was a separate vote on paragraph 39 of the report which said: "39. Stresses that taxation policies have a gender dimension; calls, therefore, on the Commission to promote best practice on taxation policies that takes gender impact into account and furthers gender equality, particularly in terms of taxation of household income, which in some cases can subject lower earners to higher rates of taxation, including VAT, also by introducing a reduced VAT rate for goods that are essential for women, such as tampons;"

    This was rejected by a show of hands, as can be seen at 11:15 in this video.

    UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels: "The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year. And now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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  • UKIP London Assembly Member David Kurten responds to the latest immigration figures

    Posted on May 26

    DavidKurtenWeb.jpgDavid Kurten AM responding to the immigration figures said,

    "With net immigration now hitting 333,000 per year, it is clear that the present government has no plan to reduce immigration to sustainable levels. London is in the midst of a serious housing crisis and the transport network, primary schools, surgeries and hospitals are bursting at the seams.

    "With the population of London now expected to grow by another million in the next 8 years, the situation and quality of life for Londoners will continue to deteriorate. In the Mayor’s question time yesterday, the new Mayor refused to commit to building 80,000 homes per year as was reportedly in his manifesto.

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  • UKIP response to latest immigration figures

    Posted on May 26

    Nigel_Farage.jpegNet migration to Britain has increased to the second highest level on record, official figures reveal. The figure - the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving - was estimated at 333,000 for the year ending December 2015. This was 10,000 higher than the level recorded in the year to September. Net migration of EU citizens was estimated at 184,000 - up compared to the previous year when it stood at 174,000, and the joint highest figure on record.

    Statisticians said the apparent increase in EU net migration was largely due to a rise in net migration of citizens from Bulgaria and Romania, from 44,000 to 58,000.

    Responding to the latest immigration figures UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said, "Mass immigration is still hopelessly out of control and set to get worse if we Remain inside the EU, going on with disastrous open borders. However, I don't believe these official figures and I'm sure the real numbers are much higher."

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  • UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle - Education is not enough, police prosecutions needed to stamp out the appalling practice of FGM

    Posted on May 25

    PWWEBFGM.jpgToday at his first Mayor's Question Time at City Hall UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle asked the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, about the prospect of bringing about the prosecution of the perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) and asked whether he would ensure that the Metropolitan Police Service bring to bear the full force of the law on the perpetrators of this appalling practice.

    In his question Peter Whittle noted that between 2009 and 2014, 4,000 women and girls in London were treated for FGM, yet, despite being a crime, of which there is a much increased public awareness, there has yet to be a successful prosecution.

    Replying to Peter Whittle's question the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan agreed with Peter that that it was disappointing that there has been no successful prosecution and that it was a form of violence against women and girls. In his reply he said that education would be the most effective tool to deal with the issue of FGM.

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  • University of Wolverhampton slammed for its pro-EU letter

    Posted on May 24

    Jill_Seymour.jpgBrexit campaigners have slammed the University of Wolverhampton for issuing a letter to students, urging them to vote for Britain to remain in the European Union.

    West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour, and the chairman of the West Midlands branch of Young Independence, Councillor Thomas Hoof, condemned the university for its ‘shamelessly manipulative and one-sided’ views.

    They claimed the university, which has bases in both Wolverhampton and Telford, should be remaining non-partisan during the campaign.

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