• UKIP Leader Nigel Farage's keynote speech at UKIP Spring Conference

    If you missed it, you can watch UKIP Leader Nigel Farage's keynote speech at Spring Conference 2015 here

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  • Why British tourism and heritage deserves to be at the top table of government

    William_Cash_at_desk_library_.jpgHeritage and Tourism spokesman William Cash has laid out our policies in that area at our Spring Conference in Margate. Tourism is our fifth largest industry – bigger than the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. In 2013, 32.8 million visitors came to the UK spending £21 billion – and the latest figures indicate a 5% increase. Since 2010 tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the UK with one in every three jobs being created being in tourism. But the British government has no Minister for Heritage.

    He said: “UKIP will also roll back George Osborne’s VAT policies and cut the 20% VAT levy on listed building repairs and maintenance to just 5%, to incentivise the upkeep of Britain’s nearly 500,000 listed buildings.

    “We will also introduce new Rural Conservation Areas to protect scenic countryside and market town settings, as well as market towns and Cathedral Cities whose historic character is essential for regional economic growth. This would return to the ‘presumption in favour of Conservation’ as opposed to the current ‘presumption in favour of Development.’

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  • UKIP Leading the Housing Debate

    Andrew-Charalambous-1.jpgIf future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them not only with a legacy of economic growth and technological progress. We must leave them the miracle, the great spectacle of the British countryside, of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we concreted and ruined it.

    UKIP Housing Spokesman Andrew Charalambous said, “We talk straight I want it to be known categorically that we will protect the British countryside not only by undoing the bogus Tory localism of imposing untenable housing targets on local authorities but by scraping HS2 and putting an end in the UK to one of the biggest scams in history, the EU wind farm project.

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  • Patrick O’Flynn sets out UKIP’s economic plan

    patch.jpgAt our Spring Conference in Margate Patrick O’Flynn has today laid out some of the key areas where we will be making savings and other areas we will increase spending.

    With national debt now standing at £1.4 trillion pounds and around one trillion of that having been added since 2002 we are in need of change. Of course, Brown and his key advisers, a certain Mr Balls and Mr Miliband, said they had abolished boom and bust.

    Patrick O’Flynn said, “We have already identified huge savings for the public purse; reducing the foreign aid budget by £9bn, getting out of the EU to rid ourselves of those enormous net contributions, scrapping the HS2 vanity project and moving to equalise per capita public spending in Scotland with that in England. And we will identify further savings in our manifesto too.

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  • Nathan Gill: 8 reasons for cutting foreign aid

    ukip.jpgUKIP’s foreign aid policy is very simple, we will ensure that our aid is concentrated on life-saving programmes. Inoculation, Clean Water and Emergency Disaster Relief.

    The UK gives £11.4 billion a year in foreign aid. That’s a staggering £32 million each and every day.

    In short, foreign aid doesn't work for eight reasons

    1. It costs a fortune
    2. We can’t afford it
    3. Corruption eats up a large part of it
    4. It is often spent on senseless projects
    5. It fills the pockets of despots and human rights abusers
    6. It goes to terrorists and warmongers
    7. It goes to countries which don’t need it
    8. Foreign aid has become a fat cat industry

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  • Believing in Britain’s Smaller Businesses

    Margot_11_(1).jpgUKIP’s Small Business Spokesman, Margot Parker said, “At the start of last year, there were an estimated 5.2 million small businesses in the UK, together employing over 12 million people and with a combined turnover of £1.2 trillion, according to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

    “These small businesses are the life-blood of Britain. They are a major contributor to turnover, employing 48% of the workforce and create 85% of all new jobs.

    “Well, if you’re one of these people, if you’re working all the hours you can to build a business you’ve started; if you are a wealth creator and a generator of jobs, then UKIP is the party for you. Why? Because UKIP is the only party that will liberate you from the shackles that bind you; the only party that can give you your freedom back again.

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  • Peter Whittle: “We’re making history”

    Peter-Whittle-2.jpgUKIP Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle outlined our commitment to protecting British values and freedom. It is of a country of people who see themselves as British citizens, regardless of faith or ethnicity.

    He said, "It is we who are delivering a torpedo to a political establishment that is rotten to the core.

    “Well ladies and gentlemen, we in UKIP do stand up for our values and we do want people to integrate. We respect people’s different faiths and beliefs. There should be no doubt about this.

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  • UKIP the only alternative voice on Energy

    On Friday February 13th, the three old parties colluded to reinforce their failing climate policies. UKIP have always said that the old parties don't offer a genuine choice to voters and this blatant collusion proves it. Now only UKIP offers a rational alternative for secure and affordable energy, for households and for British Industry.

    Their plans are based on the 2008 Climate Change Act, which is estimated to cost an eye-watering £18 Billion a year for forty years, an eye-watering £720 billion over the period. That's £28,000 over the period for every household in the country.

    Our UKIP Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer was unable to be in Margate, so he asked Paul Oakden, UKIP’s National Agent to deliver his policy statement on Energy.

    Paul Oakden said, "The Climate Change Act 2008 will cost every household in Britain £28,000 over forty years.

    “Firstly, renewables are intermittent, so they require intermittent fossil-fuel back up. But running the back-up intermittently is inefficient, and substantially off-sets the savings from renewables.

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  • Paul Nuttall: Preserving the Union

    PaulNutall-new1.jpgUKIP advocates English Votes on English Laws in the House of Commons as a way of preserving the Union. We will highlight the weakness of William Hague’s proposals and the Labour Party’s point blank refusal to give a voice for England.

    The SNPs blatant opportunism and we call for non-English MPs to not only not vote on English only issues but remove themselves from the chamber. We make it clear that we will not allow the SNP tail to wag the English dog.

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  • David Cameron has permitted an extra 1.1 Million people to settle in the UK since 2010

    SteveWoolfe.jpgONS Immigration figures released this morning are "absolutely staggering" according to Steven Woolfe MEP, the UKIP Migration spokesman.

    "The Government should be ashamed of its abject failure to keep control of the constantly rising numbers of those arriving here", he said.

    "This Government's policy is fatally holed beneath the water line and is sinking fast.

    "The figures show that 624,000 people arrived here in the past year alone. To put that into perspective that is equivalent to the populations of both Liverpool and Aberdeen combined.

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