• At 20% the momentum is with UKIP as we enter the last week of the election campaigns

    index.jpgWith elections in all four corners of the UK it is clear that the momentum is with UKIP. A YouGov poll that came out this morning has UKIP up polling 20% nationally, including 31% with working class voters.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "With one week to go until the elections on May 5th, I've been busy campaigning and supporting our candidates right across the United Kingdom. With local elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections, elections to the Northern Ireland, Welsh and London Assemblies and the Scottish Parliament, we are aiming and on course to breakthrough right across the UK.

    "Thanks to all of your hard work, UKIP is now polling at a record high 20% nationally in the latest YouGov poll. This includes 31% of all working class voters backing UKIP.

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  • Union Deal with Government not in best interests of workers

    Mike_Hookem.jpegUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has slammed a deal between the government and the unions which will see the Trade Union Bill watered down in return for union support of the ‘stay’ campaign; saying, “the unions are supposed to be defenders of UK workers, not the ones selling them down the river in return for political favours.”
    Mr Hookem’s comments come after the Daily Telegraph reported that 12 unions were “buying policy” with their support of the stay campaign, in return for “significant” concessions to the Conservative’s flagship policy to overhaul the way the unions fund political parties.
    Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “The whole ethos of the union movement is to protect workers rights, incomes, and futures, but it seems to me like they are more bothered about being allowed to continue to fund the pro-EU Labour party than they are about getting a stronger Britain that would benefit us all.”

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  • EU Parliament fail to show urgency in steel crisis

    Bill-Etheridge.jpgWest Midlands UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge was furious as the chance to debate the crisis in the steel industry was missed in Brussels today.
    Prior to a plenary session this afternoon, agreement had been reached across some of the major groups in the Parliament that there was a need to discuss whether measures could be taken to protect the steel industry throughout Europe from the effects of cheap Chinese steel dumping.
    The EFDD, including UKIP, wanted to discuss it but the parliament chose to stall and delay for several weeks.
    Mr Etheridge, who himself spent twenty years in the steel industry, said “The crisis is now, not in the future.

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  • Hillsborough verdict underlines the utter lack of leadership both past and present in South Yorkshire Police

    Screenshot_14.pngCommenting on criticism of South Yorkshire Police in the wake of the Hillsborough inquest verdict, UKIP’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire, Gavin Felton said, “This verdict underlines the utter lack of leadership both past and present in South Yorkshire Police and how desperately the force needs a new direction.”
    “While one Labour MP has called for SYP to be rebranding or disbanded, I totally disagree.”
    “Disbanding the force would be a very expensive exercise that will do nothing to tackle the root causes of the problems nor absolve past failures. Only a new regime, with a new ethos on tackling and learning from past mistakes can make a difference and rebuild public confidence.”

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  • UKIP spoofs Lord Patten for suggesting BBC deferential to Brexit cause

    PaulNuttall.jpgResponding to Lord Patten, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said:

    “This is a bit rich, coming from a man on a fat European Commissioner pension and who wants to remain in the EU.

    "The most senior BBC News editors have previously admitted that that the BBC has been biased for years in favour of the EU and against discussion of immigration.

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  • UKIP controlled Thanet Council given glowing report from the LGA Peer Challenge

    ChrisWells.jpgOnly two years after the then Labour controlled Thanet District Council was panned in a similar report the Local Government Association independent Corporate Peer Challenge has commended the Council for significant progress in its follow up Peer Review report.

    The review described the new UKIP controlled Council under Cllr Chris Wells as having, ‘Strong and capable senior management’, ‘respected political leadership’, ‘improved cross-party relationships’ and had made a ‘serious effort to equip new Councillors with the knowledge and skills to discharge their roles’.

    The improvements were so marked and the situation so improved over the past 18 months that the council’s Improvement Board, which was set up following the original review chose to step down its work with one final report to come, but no longer providing quarterly monitoring.

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  • David McNarry welcomes Nigel to Northern Ireland for his sixth recent visit

    nigel_in_ni.jpgNigel Farage MEP yesterday visited Northern Ireland as part of his touring covering the elections in Northern Ireland Wales and Scotland, the UKIP leader was delighted with his reception from local people. As it was his sixth visit in recent times Mr Farage said, "I always appreciate the warm welcome I receive in Northern Ireland, we have a great team here and I'm proud that we are contesting elections right across the United Kingdom including Stormont."

    Mr Farage began his visit in East Belfast at the launch of UKIP candidate Jonny Lavery's billboard poster, he travelled over to South Belfast to meet with Bob Stoker in Sandy Row, before lunch in the cathedral quarter at the "Made in Belfast" restaurant where he has eaten before appearing on BBC Talkback programme.

    After lunch the UKIP leader was joined by the parties candidates standing in 13 constituencies for a walk around Belfast city centre where he enjoyed talking to shoppers city workers and traders.

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  • Junior doctors should campaign against Cameron's cuts and in favour of Brexit

    LOUISEBOURS.pngUKIP MEP and Health Spokeswoman Louise Bours commenting on the junior doctors strike said: "Junior doctors should realise that by leaving the European Union and saving our vast EU contribution we could fund the NHS much better.

    "With the money that we send to the EU each year we could instead build 50 new hospitals and give a huge boost to improving our NHS. An intelligent junior doctor would at this stage be campaigning against Cameron's cuts and in favour of Brexit.

    "If we want to fund the NHS properly we must have the means to do it at our disposal."

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  • UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall welcomes Hillsborough verdict

    PaulNuttall1.jpgUKIP's Liverpool based Deputy Leader and Hillsborough survivor Paul Nuttall MEP has welcomed the decision by the jury to conclude that the 96 fans crushed to death were "unlawfully killed".

    "All of us in Liverpool and across the country will be pleased with this result. For far too many years, 27 long years, the questions have remained unanswered and no responsibility has been taken for the appalling events of that day.

    "Liverpool fans have been publicly traduced and blamed for their own suffering. The Police at the stadium have been found to be responsible for a whole series of failures that lead to the horrors of that day, a day burnt permanently in my, and thousands of other minds.

    "At last the process of justice can begin, and the process of healing can have a chance. I will never forget that day, nor will the city of Liverpool, but Justice will go some way to soften the pain."

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  • The ABC of why Obama is wrong

    Mike_Hookem.jpegAmerican companies won't want Britain to be 'back of the queue' for any trade deal writes UKIP's Mike Hookem MEP.

    The Prime Minister thought he had achieved a 'slam dunk' when he got President Obama to parrot a line from Number 10 designed to scare people into voting to remain in the EU.

    "But even removing the fact that from January next year it will be another president in office in the White House, the idea that the UK would be 'at the back of the queue' for trade is as likely as Cameron selling up his Notting Hill mansion and moving into a council house in Denby.

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