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  • European Parliament vote against reduced Tampon Tax

    Louise_Bours200.jpgThe EU parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons as part of a vote on the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality report, "Poverty: a gender perspective".

    There was a separate vote on paragraph 39 of the report which said: "39. Stresses that taxation policies have a gender dimension; calls, therefore, on the Commission to promote best practice on taxation policies that takes gender impact into account and furthers gender equality, particularly in terms of taxation of household income, which in some cases can subject lower earners to higher rates of taxation, including VAT, also by introducing a reduced VAT rate for goods that are essential for women, such as tampons;"

    This was rejected by a show of hands, as can be seen at 11:15 in this video.

    UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels: "The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year. And now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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  • UKIP London Assembly Member David Kurten responds to the latest immigration figures

    DavidKurtenWeb.jpgDavid Kurten AM responding to the immigration figures said,

    "With net immigration now hitting 333,000 per year, it is clear that the present government has no plan to reduce immigration to sustainable levels. London is in the midst of a serious housing crisis and the transport network, primary schools, surgeries and hospitals are bursting at the seams.

    "With the population of London now expected to grow by another million in the next 8 years, the situation and quality of life for Londoners will continue to deteriorate. In the Mayor’s question time yesterday, the new Mayor refused to commit to building 80,000 homes per year as was reportedly in his manifesto.

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  • UKIP response to latest immigration figures

    Nigel_Farage.jpegNet migration to Britain has increased to the second highest level on record, official figures reveal. The figure - the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving - was estimated at 333,000 for the year ending December 2015. This was 10,000 higher than the level recorded in the year to September. Net migration of EU citizens was estimated at 184,000 - up compared to the previous year when it stood at 174,000, and the joint highest figure on record.

    Statisticians said the apparent increase in EU net migration was largely due to a rise in net migration of citizens from Bulgaria and Romania, from 44,000 to 58,000.

    Responding to the latest immigration figures UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said, "Mass immigration is still hopelessly out of control and set to get worse if we Remain inside the EU, going on with disastrous open borders. However, I don't believe these official figures and I'm sure the real numbers are much higher."

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  • UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle - Education is not enough, police prosecutions needed to stamp out the appalling practice of FGM

    PWWEBFGM.jpgToday at his first Mayor's Question Time at City Hall UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle asked the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, about the prospect of bringing about the prosecution of the perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) and asked whether he would ensure that the Metropolitan Police Service bring to bear the full force of the law on the perpetrators of this appalling practice.

    In his question Peter Whittle noted that between 2009 and 2014, 4,000 women and girls in London were treated for FGM, yet, despite being a crime, of which there is a much increased public awareness, there has yet to be a successful prosecution.

    Replying to Peter Whittle's question the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan agreed with Peter that that it was disappointing that there has been no successful prosecution and that it was a form of violence against women and girls. In his reply he said that education would be the most effective tool to deal with the issue of FGM.

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  • University of Wolverhampton slammed for its pro-EU letter

    Jill_Seymour.jpgBrexit campaigners have slammed the University of Wolverhampton for issuing a letter to students, urging them to vote for Britain to remain in the European Union.

    West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour, and the chairman of the West Midlands branch of Young Independence, Councillor Thomas Hoof, condemned the university for its ‘shamelessly manipulative and one-sided’ views.

    They claimed the university, which has bases in both Wolverhampton and Telford, should be remaining non-partisan during the campaign.

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  • UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle slams the flying of the EU flag at City Hall today

    PETER.jpgPeter Whittle AM, the UKIP Group leader on the London Assembly has today criticised the flying of the EU flag at City Hall today. This is the first time it has been flown outside City Hall. 

    The usual protocol was to have a Union Flag flanked by two City Hall flags, one of which was occasionally changed during state visits or in solidarity with countries which had suffered terror attacks. 

    Peter Whittle said, "I was amazed today to discover that one of the first acts of Sadiq Khan has been to order the flying of the EU flag from City Hall. He just couldn't wait to display where his true loyalties lie. It is extraordinary.

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  • UKIP Deputy Chairman William Dartmouth calls on the PM to be honest with the British people over Turkey potentially joining the EU

    Darthmouth.jpgUKIP's Deputy Chairman William Dartmouth MEP has today called on Prime Minister David Cameron to be honest with the British people over Turkey potentially joining the European Union.

    "Just a few weeks ago Mr Cameron re-affirmed to the House of Commons his commitment to Turkey joining the EU.

    "But in the past few days  he has dismissed as scaremongering stories that Turkey with its population of 77 million people will be fast tracked into membership" said Mr Dartmouth.

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  • A Queen's speech of a Government at Sea

    PaulNuttall1.jpgPaul Nuttall MEP, the UKIP Deputy Leader poured cold water on today's Queen Speech as "a mixed bag and light on major announcements, clearly the Government's highest priority is pushing for a Remain vote in the impending EU Referendum".

    He said: "It was revealing to examine what didn't made it into the list of Bills announced today, such as the previously much talked about but now dropped Sovereignty Bill.

    "It being dropped from the Government's legislative agenda just goes to show really how much of a con job Cameron's "re-negotiation" has been.

    "There was a big fist of Tory MPs convinced to support Cameron's decision to support the 'Remain' side by promises of a Sovereignty Bill, and they must now feel utterly betrayed by the man they're whipped into cheerleading.

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  • Latest employment figures show we need Brexit to put British workers first

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has said the latest employment statistics "showed why we need Brexit to put British workers first."

    Statistics released today by the ONS showed a dramatic increase in the number of non-UK EU workers active in the UK's labour market.

    "Because of EU enlargement and the free movement of people we have 2.15 million workers from the EU - a huge boon to multinational companies who can exploit the oversupply of labour to keep their wages low but not so good for the parts of Britain with serious unemployment problems.

    "In the north in particular we have black spots for youth unemployment which has a detrimental effect for the whole of society as some even see turning to crime as a career choice.

    "But what does the government and the Westminster elite care when it means they can get cheap nannies and cleaners.

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  • UKIP Commonwealth Spokesman demands recognition of Somaliland on its Independence Day

    On the 25th anniversary of Somaliland's self declared independence, UKIP Commonwealth spokesman James Carver MEP, a supporter and long time advocate of Somaliland's re-recognition on the international stage, has written to Somaliland's President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, their Speaker, Irro Addullahi, and leading community members, to send his best wishes.

    He said, "On this auspicious day I am sending my sincere congratulations to the Somaliland people on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Somaliland independence. I look forward to the re-recognition of Somaliland by the international community, and remain committed to seeing Somaliland take its rightful place in the community of nations".

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