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Posted on July 27
The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the three months to the end of June, as economic growth accelerated in the run-up to the vote to leave the EU. Second-quarter gross domestic product grew faster than expected, up from 0.4% growth in the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics said. Any uncertainty ahead of last month's referendum seemed "limited", ONS said.
However, by far the strongest growth was in April, followed by a sharp easing off in May and June. On a yearly basis the economy grew by a healthy 2.2%. The pick-up in economic activity was boosted by the biggest upturn in industrial output since 1999, particularly from car factories and pharmaceutical firms.
Responding to the news, UKIP Economics Spokesman Mark Reckless AM said, "Yes, firms are investing in Britain. Yes, growth has strengthened, Yes, the stock market is up again. But, why are all these reported as if they are shock surprises? Because, most people reporting the news voted 'Remain'."Continue reading...
Posted on July 26
Following news that the new Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP is due to consider whether to extend a £15m government underwriting of the £175m Garden Bridge project until September, UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle has called for him and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to "lay to rest" plans to build the Garden Bridge.
Peter Whittle AM said, "I have been campaigning against the Garden Bridge for many months now. It is emblematic of the vanity projects that our political elite become besotted with and it is superfluous at a time of hardship for many.Continue reading...
Posted on July 20
In the Mayor’s Question Time this morning, London Mayor Sadiq Khan refused to back a request from UKIP Assembly Member David Kurten to call for the political wing of Hezbollah to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation.Continue reading...
Kurten asked the question in the discussion following Assembly member Badenoch’s question: ‘What action is the Metropolitan Police Service taking against the use of flags representing designated terrorist organisations as seen during the recent al-Quds Day march in London on July 3rd?’
Hezbollah flags were reportedly flown at the Al Quds Day march which many Londoners have found distressing in the light of recent terrorist atrocities around the world.
Posted on July 20
UKIP MEP Margot Parker, a member of the European Parliamentary committee which deals with woman’s rights and equality not only within the EU but also globally, has today addressed some of the concerns raised by the #faceherfuture campaign.
The campaign has been launched today, (Wednesday), by many women’s rights groups and organisations.
Part of the campaign is the desire to make sure Brexit will not negatively impact on woman’s rights but Margot said this was based on the false idea that all progress has been the result of the EU and European courts. Specifically, paid maternity leave and equal pay for equal work was mentioned.Continue reading...
UKIP defence spokesman says the UK must not give up its nuclear deterrent in an ever changing and unstable security environmentPosted on July 18
UKIP defence spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has urged MP’s to vote for the renewal of Britain’s nuclear deterrent saying, “Opposition to a Trident replacement is grossly irresponsible and damaging to Britain’s national security.”
The Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP added, “Renewing Trident not only safeguard’s Britain’s security, but it also ensures the UK’s place on the world stage.”
Mr Hookem’s comments come as MPs are due to vote on a replacement for Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent programme, which currently sees a nuclear-armed submarine continuously patrolling somewhere in the world’s oceans throughout the year.Continue reading...