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  • Enough of the Heathrow airport talk – it’s time for action

    Posted on October 25

    Jill_Seymour.jpegResponding to the Government’s approval for a third runway at Heathrow airport, UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour said: "I’ve always been opposed to this blinkered idea that building a third runway at Heathrow is the only real solution to our aviation issues. We should be expanding capacity at all of our regional airports across the UK instead – places such as Birmingham, for example, which has plenty of capacity for growth without the need for an extra runway.

    "But whatever people’s views about the expansion of Heathrow, it’s vital now that the Government cracks on with delivering what we seem to have been talking about for years.  Other countries have built entire new airports while the UK Government has been pontificating about what to do over the Heathrow third runway issue. It’s been a case of too much talk, and not enough action.”
    She added: "I feel for the people living around the Heathrow area, who have been watching and waiting for nearly 20 years now, uncertain about what the future holds for them. To make them wait another year before this comes to Parliament is a complete dereliction of care towards all of those whose lives are being impacted.

    "No, UKIP doesn't support Heathrow, but like a Remain supporter after the referendum, we accept the decision and demand that the Government get on with it."

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  • Margot Parker rails against the lack of action on FGM within the UK as well as the EU

    Posted on October 24

    Margot_3.jpgUKIP MEP Margot Parker said: "FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years – including if girls are sent ‘home’ to be mutilated in the name of culture. Despite robust legislation existing to stop this abuse from occurring, there has not been a single conviction in all that time. There is no religious requirement for girls to undergo FGM, so even that flimsiest of excuses is absent. This is entirely about keeping women in their place, asserting power over them and destroying their sexual identities. The practice is abhorrent and is something we should, as a society, make clear is not acceptable under any circumstances and politically correct cultural sensitivities be damned!

    "Exact figures of European-resident girls and women who have undergone FGM, or are in danger of having it imposed upon them, are difficult to come by due to the secrecy of the practice and the closed nature of many immigrant communities, but the estimated numbers are staggering – about half a million. The UK is a lot more capable of stating how prevalent this vile practice is in our own country than many European nations. As many as 170,000 women in the UK are thought to be living with the consequences of this barbarism with 65,000 girls under the age of 13 currently at risk.

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  • Emissions charge plans are demonising drivers

    Posted on October 20

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP’s Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour MEP has accused the Mayor of London of ‘demonising’ drivers by proposing a £10 emissions surcharge for the use of older cars in the city.

    She said the plans, which are due to come into force next October, were totally out of proportion, and would penalise families which were least able to afford it.

    “Once again, the authorities are treating the motorist as a cash cow, to be milked at will,” she said. “This policy will hit elderly drivers and less affluent families the hardest. It is not the car which is causing the worst air pollution in our cities. It is large diesel engine vehicles such as buses, trains and trucks. Yes once again, it is the car driver which is targeted.

    “In a perfect world, of course everyone would like to be driving round in a luxurious new car fitted with the latest environmentally-friendly features, but the majority of people can’t afford it.”

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  • A 50 year wait for homes in London is a disgrace

    Posted on October 19

    PeterHarris.jpgPeople in the borough of Barking and Dagenham now face a 50-year wait for a council house, a senior Councillor from the ruling Labour Group has said in a forthcoming BBC documentary. Maureen Worby, the councillor in charge of social care for Barking and Dagenham, told a local meeting with regard to the waiting list for council housing: “Do you know what – it’s not a 10-year wait, it’s a 50-year wait.”

    The BBC documentary, ‘No Place to Call Home’ to be broadcast on BBC 2 at 9pm tonight, is the culmination of nine months the team behind the programme spent following housing officials and the people they are trying to help in the borough. Among those featured are a 54-year-old special needs teacher forced to sleep in her car after losing her job, a family with a young son who have spent three years sleeping on friends’ sofas and a young woman who does not qualify for help despite having tried to kill herself.

    Peter Harris, UKIP's Chairman in Barking and Dagenham, and a former Parliamentary candidate for the area said, "This Labour Council should be charged with criminal neglect. Even with the knowledge of the chronic shortage of Social Housing, their current house building plans simply fail to address this situation.

    "The programme's findings are no surprise to me or thousands of local residents. The chronic housing situation here is abysmal and is as a direct result of decades of failed policies from both Conservative and Labour Governments.

    "I am contacted every week by residents that find themselves homeless or living in overcrowded and unsuitable accommodation. Many are desperate for someone to help as they feel the council are not listening.

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  • Nominations open for Party Leader candidates

    Posted on October 17

    Our Party Chairman Paul Oakden writes, 

    At a meeting of our National Executive Committee this afternoon, the process was agreed for selecting who will become the new Leader of UKIP.

    These next few weeks will be incredibly important, in deciding which direction our party will now travel. We know that our grassroots are now optimistically looking forward to getting behind our new Leader.

    Having listened to the concerns of members during our last leadership election, this process is not only designed to be efficient and speedy, it is also designed to give as many members as possible the opportunity to put their name forward. It will also seek to ensure that those members applying have the requisite commitment before submitting their application form.

    We are now inviting members to apply, which they can do by clicking here.

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