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  • Statement from UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall

    UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, "A terrible attack on our democracy has taken place today. My thoughts tonight go out to the victims of this terrorist atrocity and their families.

    "Once again the emergency services have demonstrated the extraordinary work they do on our behalf. That a police officer is among the dead underlines the debt of gratitude we all owe those who work to keep us safe.

    "In the coming hours and days more information will doubtlesly emerge about the attacker or attackers and their motivation. In the meantime everyone should resolve that terrorism will never beat us."

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  • Why does HS2 need 17 different PR companies on its books?

    38qr96Hi.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour today demanded to know why an astonishing seventeen different PR agencies have been appointed to work on the HS2 project – all funded by the taxpayer.

    The Department of Transport disclosed the information in response to a parliamentary question over the number of external agencies appointed to assist the HS2 management team.

    “This is a disgusting waste of our hard-earned money on a project which is neither wanted, nor needed,” said Mrs Seymour.

    “I have opposed HS2 from the start, and this preposterous and distasteful revelation proves why I am right to have done so. It’s a never-ending gravy train, with taxpayers forking out for all the fuel.”

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  • Government refuses to halt the demonisation of diesel drivers

    UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour says she is ‘saddened and disappointed’ at the Government’s refusal to act against the growing demonisation of diesel drivers.

    She launched a petition calling on parliament to prevent local authorities from being able to impose extra charges on diesel vehicle owners who drive or park in city centres.

    The petition has already been signed by more than 16,000 people.
    But in an official response, the Department of Transport says: “The setting of charges for on or off-street parking is a matter for local authorities.

    “The Government recommends that authorities set charges at levels which are consistent with the aims of the authority’s transport strategy, including its air quality, road safety and traffic management strategies. Authorities should never use parking charges just to raise revenue.”

    Mrs Seymour said: “I’m saddened and disappointed that the Government seems to have missed the point of this petition completely.

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  • Defence procurement like a “Whitehall Farce”

    bill3.pngUKIP Defence spokesman, Bill Etheridge, highlighted the glaring gaps in the capacity of the Royal Navy as the Royal Australian Navy completed exercise off the coast of Perth.

    The Australian Navy’s new Canberra class LHD HMAS Adelaide served as the flagship of a multinational fleet.

    Having entered service in late 2014 the HMAS Adelaide and its sister ship, the HMAS Canberra are the largest warships ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy and represented a significant leap in amphibious capability.

    Since then the Australian Defence Force has been working up its capability to deploy from these resources regionally and globally.

    In sharp contrast, Royal Navy helicopters will be compelled to use French naval vessel the Mistral in similar operations in the Pacific in May, with HMS Ocean headed back to the UK for the last time.

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  • Let's get cracking! UKIP urge fast action now that the date of Article 50 has been announced

    Paul.jpgUKIP Leader Paul Nuttall welcomed the date of the triggering of Article 50 today pushing for Britain to seize its opportunity of freedom

    “We welcome the long overdue announcement but regret it’s nine-month delay caused by political indecision, House of Lords betrayal and a number of legal challenges," Mr Nuttall said.

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  • Blair has learned nothing and forgotten nothing

    Paul.jpgPaul Nuttall, the UKIP leader has denounced Tony Blair over the former PM's attempt to overthrow the referendum result.

    He said, "Blair has demonstrated his arrogant belief that he and his supporters have special access to knowledge again. It was this mistaken belief that took the country into illegal war, maybe he should have learned his lesson.

    "I should be grateful though, every time Blair turns up on our screens or in our papers he reminds people of the reasons that they voted to free the country from the grip of people like him.

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  • Hotel bed tax plans detrimental to our tourist industry

    Ayling.jpgVictoria Ayling UKIP Tourism Spokesman, slammed Local Authorities lobbying the Government for a change in legislation allowing them to impose a Hotel Bed Tax. Currently Bath and North East Somerset Council are in discussions with the Government about these proposals and others are believed to be putting a case for powers to impose such a tax.

    "A Hotel Bed Tax will have a huge detrimental effect on our tourist industry. Local economies and jobs dependent on visitors will suffer as a result. Currently, with the weak pound, Tourism is flourishing but this will not last forever. Additional costs such as these Bed Tax proposals will then become a deciding factor as to whether visitors, particularly from overseas, come to an area or not.

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  • Tory disarray on National Insurance shows UKIP is the party for strivers

    Paul.jpgUKIP leader, Paul Nuttall has welcomed the Chancellor's U-Turn over applying National Insurance to the self employed and sole traders.

    "It is good that the Chancellor is listening, at least to us in UKIP, some of his own backbenchers and much of the media. But his basic point that this was a breach of a manifesto commitment is hardly the issue. The point is that they thought they could get away with hitting the self employed.

    "What is clear from his statement is that both he and the Prime Minister were perfectly happy to hammer a section of society who the Tories feel are their expendable electoral infantry. That Jeremy Corbyn failed to mention the NIC raid in his budget response, and then hardly mentioned it after the Chancellor's U-Turn just shows how this group of men and women, 2.84 million of them, the engine room of our economy and the key driving force behind the country's growth and prosperity, are ignored and punished for their efforts.

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  • Common sense prevails as judge quashes Marine Alexander Blackman's murder conviction

    PeterJewell.jpgUKIP has welcome today's decision from the Court Martial Appeal Court to quash the murder conviction of Marine Alexander Blackman and replace it with manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    The Party's Justice Spokesman, Peter Jewell, urged the court to now set Marine Blackman free when he appears for re-sentencing within the next couple of weeks.

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  • Mike Hookem welcomes reduction in ‘Marine A’ Conviction

    thumbnail_Marine_A.jpgUKIP Veterans Spokesman Mike Hookem, has welcomed a decision by the Court Martial Appeal Court to reduce the sentence of jailed Royal Marine Sergeant, Alexander Blackman, saying; “the reduction in the severity of the charge against Al Blackman proves he should never have been jailed in the first place due to medical problems he was suffering from at the time of the incident.”

    Royal Marine Sergeant, Alex Blackman, was jailed after the killing of a mortally wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan was caught on the helmet camera of another soldier. A military court later found Blackman guilty of murder, despite evidence he was suffering from a range of mental health problems at the time of the killing.

    Former commando engineer, Mr Hookem, who has taken the campaign to free ‘Marine A' to the European Parliament said, “I echo the statement made by Claire Blackman – Alexander’s wife – that a conviction of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility better reflects the circumstances of the incident and I welcome the court’s decision.”

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