• Number of UKIP Spokesmen retain current portfolios

    In addition to the appointments announced today and yesterday, a number of portfolios will be retained by the present spokesman. Those retaining their current positions are:

    Agriculture - Stuart Agnew
    Culture - Peter Whittle
    Energy - Roger Helmer
    Housing - Andrew Charalambous
    Local Government - Peter Reeve
    Trade - William Dartmouth​

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  • Additional new appointments to UKIP Frontbench


    UKIP has announced some additional new appointments to frontbench roles today.

    South East MEP Diane James has been appointed as Justice and Home Affairs Spokesman, whilst Yorkshire MEP Jane Collins will take on the Employment portfolio, with fellow Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir becoming Communities Spokesman.

    Margot Parker, MEP for the East Midlands will be Spokesman for Small Business. Rounding off this round of appointments, South East MEP Ray Finch will be UKIP's Fisheries Spokesman.

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  • Four new appointments made to UKIP Frontbench



    The UKIP reshuffle is now well under way, with four new appointments announced this morning.

    North West MEP Paul Nuttall will continue to serve as Deputy Leader whilst also taking on the portfolio for Education, Skills & Training.

    Newly-elected MEP Louise Bours will be taking on the role of Health Spokesman.

    Yorkshire MEP Mike Hookem, who has served in the RAF and as a reservist for the Commando Engineers, will be UKIP's Defence Spokesman.

    And MEP for the West Midlands Jill Seymour will be taking on the role of Transport Spokesman.

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  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage announces two key frontbench spokesmen roles with more to follow

    PatrickOflynn.jpgSteveWoolfe.jpgNigel Farage today began putting in place the frontbench team he wants to fight the general election for UKIP.

    North West MEP Steven Woolfe will take over as Migration spokesman but also retain a role as Financial Affairs spokesman. Meanwhile Eastern MEP Patrick O'Flynn becomes Economic spokesman.

    Nigel Farage said: "I can think of nobody better than Steven to develop and communicate policy in the absolutely crucial area of migration, which opinion surveys show is now the number one issue for voters.

    "He is already brimming with ideas as to how UKIP can deliver the firm but fair immigration system that the British public craves but which is not on offer from any of the other parties.

    "I have also asked him to retain a role as Financial Affairs spokesman in recognition of his expertise in the field of financial services. It is a lot of responsibility but I am confident he will take it in his stride.

    "I am also very pleased that Patrick has agreed to become Economics spokesman, responsible for setting out our macroeconomic positions and honing our message on tax and spending issues.

    "My reshuffle is underway and there will be lots of new appointments announced very soon to ensure that we use the best of the great breadth of talent UKIP now has at its disposal."

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  • European Commission wants to investigate every institution but itself says Jill Seymour MEP

    124950.jpgUKIP MEP Jill Seymour said in response to suggestion of a European Parliament intergroup on Integrity:

    "Voters will laugh to hear the European Commission wants to investigate every institution but itself."

    "Given that the EU is a byword for corruption and waste, it is risible that the European Commission is refusing to initiate an independent investigation into its own affairs. Before criticising others, the Commission should clear up its own back yard, given its huge budget and lack of transparency.

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  • Margot Parker MEP slams Quango jobs for the boys

    UKIP MEP Margot Parker slams Quango jobs for the boys during the latest meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality:

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  • UKIP's Louise Bours MEP's campaign against taxpayer-funded EU propaganda bizarrely opposed by a Labour MEP

    124964.jpgUKIP's campaign against taxpayer-funded EU propaganda was bizarrely opposed by a Labour MEP - who defended the use of public money for an 'artists' cooperative' in the mountains of Northern Germany.

    The stunning justification for the EU's vast 'cultural budget' - long a tool to fund pro-EU propaganda from the public purse - came after newly-elected UKIP MEP for the North West Louise Bours ridiculed how these funds are spent.

    Addressing the EU's Committee on Culture and Education, whose €1.4 billion budget is responsible for outrageous past projects such as the 'House of EU History', Bours said:

    'My constituents who I represent in the North-West of England would be utterly appalled looking back at this committee’s previous spending of €60million used to build a house of EU history while they were forced to queue for food-banks to feed their families.’

    Opposing the 'squandering' of yet more money on more propaganda - such as countless more EU flags all over Europe and the UK - Bours vowed: ‘UKIP will vote to cut all money for shameless EU self-promotion’.

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  • UKIP demand Lord Hanningfield has title removed

    CMLJ20140415F-013_C.jpegUKIP County Councillors in Essex are leading the charge for former Tory peer Lord Hanningfield, who was charged with six counts of false accounting, to lose his peerage.

    At yesterday's corportate scrutiny committee meeting at Essex County Council, the Leader of the County Council agreed to take up a UKIP initiative for Lord Hanningfield to have his title removed. This was after the Conservatives voted for no further action to be taken.

    UKIP's Essex County Council Leader Cllr Jamie Huntman said: "In my view he is unfit to remain a peer of the realm, this man's largesse knew no bounds when it came to spending taxpayers money. Essex people work long and hard for what they earn and I believe he should be stripped of his peerage."

    "The Leader of Essex County Council agreed to take up this UKIP initiative and has said he will write to the House of Lords on behalf of the County Council to ask Lord Hanningfield has his title removed which we believe would be a fair and just consequence of his actions."​​

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  • UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn warns that government borrowing is back out of control

    PatrickOflynn.pngNew UKIP economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn MEP today branded the coalition government a total failure, after the latest official borrowing figures showed that the public sector deficit is rising sharply once again.

    Borrowing in June totalled £11.4bn, some £700million more than had been forecast by economists, and a massive £3.8bn up on the same month last year.

    Allowing for the impact of a one-off cash transfer from the Bank of England last year, borrowing in the first quarter of the 2014-15 financial year has come in at £36.1bn, some 7.3% higher than the same period in the previous year.

    Mr O'Flynn said: "This coalition government was formed to get rid of the deficit and yet it barely got a third of the way towards that target and now it is going backwards fast.

    "Given the huge accumulation of extra debt that has already taken place under George Osborne's chancellorship, this is a profoundly worrying turn of events.

    "The Labour Party has barely seemed to notice that the big economic story of the summer is the deficit soaring once again, while complacency remains the watchword of the Osborne/Alexander regime at the Treasury.

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  • UKIP response to Lord Ashcroft Polls

    Tim Aker MEP said: "The results of these polls are welcome news showing that UKIP continues to make steady progress and is on course to make a historic impact in next year's General Election.

    "There is of course much work to be done but with hard work, the targeting of resources and of course the continued support of the British people we have every confidence that the UKIP fox will well and truly be in the Westminster Hen house come next May."

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