• Essex slashes Police

    Tim_hi_res_photo_2015.jpgUKIP East of England MEP and Thurrock Councillor, Tim Aker said: "The announcement that government is slashing 25% of the police budget for Essex over the next five years goes to show how messed up their priories are.

    "While this Conservative government has proudly announced that they have increased our foreign aid to over £12bn a year, we are seeing people in this country suffering.

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  • Dangerous precedent of interference in UK democratic process set by European court ruling says UKIP's Home Affairs and Justice Spokesman Diane James MEP

    diane.jpg"This ruling is a toe in the door for the ECJ to have say over domestic elections, and is setting a dangerous precedent European level interference into the democratic process. What we have seen with this ruling is it removes blanket bans on all crimes so therefore opens up the legislation to 'wriggle room'. This is due to the partial ban statues of this legislation. Prisoners’ rights should be something that lies solely with nation states.

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  • Tory stance on migration guaranteed to disappoint

    StevenWoolfe_(1).jpegSteven Woolfe, UKIP Migration Spokesman, responds to the Home Secretary's speech: "The Conservative Party's message about the need for controlled immigration at their conference is almost laughable. While both The Prime Minister and Theresa May echo UKIP almost verbatim in their rhetoric, it is important to bear in mind that this is the second term under the Conservatives, with May as Home Secretary and Cameron as leader‎ and their government has broken all previous records on net migration and asylum into the UK.

    "The Home Secretary needs to explain why it has taken her so long to set up full review of the UK asylum system when she has presided over the collapse of it for the past 6 years. So many of the initiatives that Theresa May mentioned in her speech today will be subject to future rulings of the European court as the human tights industry fight sensible changes every step of the way.

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  • Government admits it uses the EU to subvert democracy

    gerard.jpgIn a chillingly revealing statement, Home Office Minister Karen Bradley has laid bare how the Government uses the European Institutions to undermine National democracy.

    Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference she boasted, “When I’ve sat down with my counterparts and ministers from European countries and talked about passenger name records it’s quite clear that at a government level in all these countries they also want passenger name records but they cannot get them through their national parliaments,”

    “They cannot get something like passenger name records through their national parliaments. So they say to us – can you please help us get it through at the European level? One of our MEPs, Timothy Kirkhope, is pushing passenger name records through the European Parliament as we speak.”

    UKIP's Gerard Batten MEP responded. “It’s the transparent contempt for Parliamentary democracy that shines through. Now we have a Government Minister boasting about how Conservative MEPs are pimped out to do other Governments' bidding.”

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  • UKIP will always stand up for pensioner's rights

    mcnarry2.pngDavid McNarry MLA, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, has condemned suggestions by the Taxpayer’s Alliance at a fringe meeting in the Tory Party conference to cut pensioner’s benefits: "To suggest that the government should exploit the current disarray of the Labour Party to make savage cuts to pensioner benefits and then make the suggestion that pensioners would ‘forget’ who had cut their benefits by the time of the next election, is deeply offensive to millions of people in this country. It is the language of condescension and contempt and it should have no part in political debate.

    "The Taxpayer’s Alliance who hosted this fringe group meeting at the Conservative Party conference where these views were reportedly put forward by Taxpayer’s Alliance Research Director, Alex Wild, should be ashamed of themselves. Liam Fox MP, the senior Conservative MP who was the keynote speaker at the event, should dissociate himself from these comments immediately."

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  • Another week, another company that has gone under and more jobs lost

    Jonathan-Arnott-photo-682x1024.jpgIn response to the news that SSI UK has gone into liquidation Jonathan Arnott, Redcar’s local UKIP Euro-MP, said: "The SSI plant in Redcar has been an integral part of the local community for many, many years. Not only will these 1,700 jobs now be lost with all the uncertainty that redundancy creates, there will be a secondary impact on many other local companies associated with the steel industry.

    "Redcar already has a high level of unemployment, so the impact upon the local community cannot be overestimated. I am deeply disappointed that our government did not fight harder to keep SSI open - and in the part played by EU state aid rules and British energy policy. Whilst I welcome the £80 million government package to help redundant workers, could that money not have been better spent to keep the plant open in the first place?

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  • Only UKIP will save the great British countryside

    Andrew-Charalambous-1.jpgThe National Trust has discovered that in two thirds of areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty planning schemes were given the nod ahead of concerns for the environment.

    Responding to this Andrew Charalambous, UKIP Housing & Environment Spokesman said: "The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is potentially the biggest ever threat to the British environment from a government that once aspired to be Britain's greenest ever. The government must take immediate steps to enshrine the protection of our countryside in law. This will necessitate the undoing of the NPPF which will make our country unrecognisable within a decade. No government has the right to deprive future generations of the great spectacle of the British countryside.

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  • Leave EU Campaign must reach beyond Westminster to win referendum

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgResponding today to an article from Lord Lawson announcing that he will be campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said that whilst he welcomed the news, the campaign must focus outside of Westminster on issues the public care about.

    Nigel Farage said: "Whilst I welcome Lord Lawson in his new role as head of Conservatives for Britain which will apparently be be campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, there are a few issues we must make clear.

    "Whilst winning support from Westminster figures is important, this referendum cannot be won in Westminster but out across the country. That is why I have been so impressed by the Leave.EU campaign which is signing up thousands of supporters every week and why I and other UKIP MEPs have been going across the country holding public meetings on the Say No to EU national tour, speaking to thousands of voters.

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  • Worries about immigration are at highest ever level, and continue to rise

    CQJJCpQWIAQDJvo.jpgLatest figures from the Ipsos/Mori issues index have shown that 40% now regard immigration as the biggest single issue facing the UK, with 56% regarding it as one of the most important. Even 49% of Labour supporters rate it as the highest concern.

    UKIP Immigration Spokesman Steven Woolfe said, “This poll number reflects badly on those amongst our country’s leaders who do not see how mass uncontrolled immigration is damaging the fabric of our nation. The people of this country do because they have the common sense to see that mass migration changes nations. If a country loses too many of its talented, economically aspirational people like those on the periphery of the Eurozone it is destined for economic failure. But if a country attracts millions of foreign born residents at an unplanned, accelerated rate it's infrastructure and public services are bound to creak at the seams.

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  • Attendees raise £2000 for Pilgrim Bandits at UKIP Conference

    MH_Pilgrim_Bandits.jpgAttendees at the UKIP conference in Doncaster raised £2000 for forces charity Pilgrim Bandits which helps injured servicemen and women and amputees maintain active lives. The charity were invited to the event to fundraise by the party's defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP as the charity's patron, Ben Parkinson MBE, is a local resident.

    Mike Hookem said, "I am proud - although not surprised - that party members dug deep into their pockets for such a worthwhile charity which recognises that people who had very active lives prior to any injury should have every chance to keep that up, even if they have lost limbs.

    "The party is incredibly supportive of the military and veterans and having Ben Parkinson to help us fundraise ensured we made as much money as possible."

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