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  • Major victory for UKIP in Scotland as Supreme Court over-turns the Named Person Act

    David_Coburn.jpgReacting to news that the Supreme Court has over-turned the Named Person Act, Leader of UKIP in Scotland, David Coburn MEP said:

    “I am the only Scottish politician that has objected to this draconian, interfering, we-know-best piece of legislation and I am delighted the court has sided with the decent parents in Scotland.

    “While the public were outraged angry and worried by the proposals, the tories repeatedly abstained, offering their voters no voice whatsoever on this most damaging legislation.

    “This is a major victory for UKIP in Scotland, and it will be a huge relief to concerned parents across Scotland that the Supreme Court agrees with us and has sided with the people against the nanny state government headed by the SNP.

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  • Good news for UK economy post Brexit

    M.R._085_(1).jpgThe 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'."

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  • Plans to build Garden Bridge should be put to rest says UKIP's Peter Whittle

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    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.

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  • UKIP calls for Hezbollah to be banned after al-Quds Day Parade

    David.jpgIn 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.

    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.

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  • UKIP MEP Margot Parker responds to #faceherfuture campaign launch

    Margot_11_(1).jpgUKIP 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.

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  • UKIP defence spokesman says the UK must not give up its nuclear deterrent in an ever changing and unstable security environment

    Mike_Hookem.jpegUKIP 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.

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  • UKIP defence spokesman blasts the MoD after commons committee highlights deteriorating armed forces living standards

    MikeHookam.jpgUKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has blasted the Ministry of Defence, saying “it is time to end the government sanctioned culture of housing our heroes in sties.”

    Mr Hookem’s comments come following a report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee which found the Ministry of Defence and its contractor Carillion Amey were "badly letting down service families".

    Former soldier and senior UKIP official Mr Hookem said, “From speaking to military families up and down the country, I know the appalling conditions many of these brave people are forced to live in and the demoralising effect this has.”

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  • Siemens' continued investment in Hull a sign of things to come in post-Brexit era

    Mike_Hookem.jpgHull MEP Mike Hookem has welcomed the announcement from Siemens that they will continue to invest in the UK despite threats during the referendum campaign that Brexit would lead to job losses. The UKIP politician, who argued that Siemens would stay in the UK in the result of Brexit despite scaremongering from Labour politicians lead by Karl Turner MP, called the news "a welcome boost to local economies."

    It follows the news of a multi-million-pound investment in the City by INEOS Oxide to expand its ethyl acetate production which Mr Hookem called "a sign of things to come in a post-Brexit era."

    Mr Hookem’s comments come after INEOS said the decision was “based on its confidence in the UK economy and its ability to continue to deliver for its customers”. The INEOS investment was the first of its type in Hull since the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23rd June.

    "Today's announcement is great news for Hull and for other areas which can benefit from investment from Siemens and companies like it, particularly when we leave the EU and become a more flexible, competitive country," he said.

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  • Article 50 yes, but no snap General Election

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgSpeaking today Nigel Farage said: "A snap General Election would be good for UKIP, especially in the many Labour held seats in which we were placed second last year. I don't think there is a desire in the country to have such an election though.

    “The government must now get on with its job and inspire confidence. Whilst I did not want Mrs May, a Remain supporter, to become Prime Minister she has now said "Brexit means Brexit". To hold faith with over 17 million voters who opted for Leave she must trigger Article 50 at the earliest realistic opportunity. I hope she picks a strong negotiating team.

    “UKIP will be watching like a hawk to ensure that there is no backsliding."

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  • Merkel admits that inviting migrants has brought terrorists to Europe

    Steven_Woolfe.jpegTalking to her CDU party members in East Germany over the weekend, the Chancellor of Germany has finally admitted that her policy of opening the door to over a million migrants had brought terrorists with it. She said, “the refugee flow was even used to smuggle terrorists”

    UKIP’s Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP commented: "Angela Merkel has finally admitted what UKIP have been saying for some time that the migrant route last year was exploited by potential terrorists wanting to infiltrate the European continent.

    "Merkel's policy of opening Europe's southern border was a monumental mistake that even now many security experts and Europol admit has serious security ramifications for European nations.

    "While we must accept refugees in need, allowing a flow of migrants from the Middle East through a borderless Europe has meant many migrants entered unchecked.

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