• UKIP Fisheries spokesman to seek urgent meeting with EU Commissioner following removal of North Devon fleet's fishing rights

    RayFinch.jpgRay Finch MEP, UKIP Fisheries Spokesman, is seeking an urgent meeting with the Fisheries Commissioner over the removal of virtually all remaining fishing rights in the Bristol Channel, which has left the North Devon fleet tied up and facing ruin.

    "The decision by the Marine Management Organisation to immediately close the Skate and Ray fisheries over areas V1 and V11 is an absolute disgrace. The MMO says it must do so in fear of penalties to be imposed by the European Commission. This only makeseven more urgent the United Kingdom's exit from the Common Fisheries Policy.

    "The fishermen in the Bristol Channel will be completely wiped out because of this cowardly and draconian measure, ending an industry that is worth many millions of pounds a year. 70% of the white fish caught in the area are Skate and Rays. The Government is presiding over the utter destruction of hundreds, perhaps thousands of jobs in the UK fishing industry. The Tory Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, does nothing to protect UK fishermen and is craven in his attitude towards the EU.

    "UKIP's policy of withdrawal from the CFP and resumption of our sovereignty over our waters is the only way in which we can build sustainable stocks and have a viable business model for the industry and people of our coastal fisheries. The port of Appledore has a history of fishing going back 1,000 years and the Conservative Party is prepared to let that proud heritage die. It is nothing short of treason.

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  • Latest Poll shows UKIP on 24% demonstrating other pollsters 'should move with the times' says UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

    UKIP_M0394.jpegThe latest poll from ComRes, prompting UKIP to potential voters, reveals the party on track for 24% in the General Election.

    Most polls fail to offer UKIP as a choice for voters, altering the outcome for the party significantly. However, ComRes gave voters the opportunity to opt for UKIP alongside the three establishment parties, with the result of almost a quarter of people choosing Nigel Farage's party as their first choice in May.

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  • Jack Clarkson: "£40,000 payoff for Thacker insulting to victims"

    Commenting on revelations that Joyce Thacker, former director of children’s service at Rotherham Council was paid £40,000 to leave her post, UKIP’s South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, Jack Clarkson said:

    “It is an insult to the victims of Joyce Thacker failures, that she had to be bribed with a £40,000 pay off to leave her post at Rotherham council. She presided over the catastrophic failure of children in the town of Rotherham and should have been sacked with not a penny of compensation. If the woman had a shred of decency, she would refuse the payment, or donate to a charity that is now trying to tackle the problems she help create. ”

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  • Former policeman Jack Clarkson is our PCC candidate in South Yorkshire


    Vastly experienced former police officer Jack Clarkson will stand as UKIP's candidate in the South Yorkshire PCCelection after the belated resignation of disgraced former Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright.

    Speaking outside Rotherham Town Hall, Mr Clarkson said: “This election is all about trust. We all know that Labour’s last Police & Crime Commissioner let the people of South Yorkshire down especially in Rotherham.”

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  • Paul Nuttall urges: follow ex-Lord Mayor of Belfast Bob Stoker into UKIP


    Paul Nuttall MEP, UKIP’s Deputy Leader, on one of his regular visits to Northern Ireland has welcomed Bob Stoker, the former Lord Mayor of Belfast into the ranks of UKIP.

    “Bob Stoker is a first rate recruit to the ranks of UKIP. As a Councillor of many years standing and as a former Lord Mayor of Belfast, he brings massive experience in public service which will be of great value to the Party. Make no mistake about it, serious and experienced political figures are joining UKIP.

    "The truth is out there – that UKIP is the party of the voter, the party of the people, the party that truly represents what people think. Bob is a great addition to UKIP and his dedicated record of serving the people and good judgement will be very welcome.

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  • Top-level Northern Ireland UKIP delegation meets with Gallaher workers


    Party Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP, David McNarry MLA of UKIP Northern Ireland and new UKIP Mid and East Antrim Area Councillor Noel Jordan met this morning with Rodney Stewart, one of the senior Gallaher Trade Union leaders for a briefing on the current situation at JTI Gallaher.


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  • Moves to ban smoking in public parks "are nonsense”, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall

    paulnuttall.jpgMoves to ban smoking in public parks "are nonsense”, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall has said today.

    "What a gross infringement of people's liberties and where will it end? There is already a rapidly diminishing number of places were people can smoke, which must go against the rights of personal freedom.

    "I don't want to encourage anyone, particularly children, to smoke but we live in a free society and banning smoking in public parks will make no difference to whether kids take up the habit or not."

    Mr Nuttall was speaking following support for such a ban by Sally Davies, chief medical officer in the wake of a report by former Labour minister Lord Darzi.

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  • Mark Reckless defends constituents against the other parties - now let's defend Mark Reckless!

    IMG_0118.JPGAs Rochester & Strood's local MP for more than four years and a local activist for a decade more, Mark Reckless naturally promised his constituents a campaign rooted in the local issues on which he's long been working already.

    In his first major campaign initiative today since Saturday's campaign launch with UKIP's Douglas Carswell MP and party leader Nigel Farage, Reckless highlighted the old parties' failure to defend the constituency against Tory-backed irresponsible local planning.

    Speaking to journalists and volunteers on the Hoo Peninsula, he voiced the opposition he shares with local residents to plans for 5,000 units of housing stock to be constructed over the area's environmentally-crucial bird sanctuary - already a designated site of special scientific interest and a key ingredient of the area's precious local ecosystem.

    Mark was joined by the latest three members of UKIP in the area who have given up on David Cameron's conservatives: Chris Irvine, (pictured), Richard Andrews, former Chairman of the Rochester and Strood Conservative Party, and Kenneth Bamber, formerly the Conservatives deputy chairman.

    Mark Reckless means what he says when he promises a local campaign on local issues - but the other parties will fight him relentlessly to try to bolster their fracturing hold on British politics.

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  • Labour makes it plain as they rule out English votes for English laws

    labour_english_votes_final_(1).pngThe Labour Party has today said it will not take part in cross-party discussions about "English votes for English laws".

    As the House of Commons debated UK devolution, Labour said it would boycott the body set up to examine the role of English MPs in Parliament.

    Sign this petition to show you believe there should be a Voice for England.

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  • Wales and North West Conferences boost from surge of support

    Two regional Party conferences planned for the next two months hope to benefit from the surge of UKIP interest to boost their coffers and swell membership numbers.

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