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  • German car manufacturers response to US tariff threat boosts UK Brexit position

    Following Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on European car exports to the US Christopher Mills, the UKIP business spokesman has pointed out the positive impact on the UK’s negotiating position over Brexit.

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  • UKIP Leader Gerard Batten Calls For A Terrorism Memorial Day

    UKIP Leader Gerard Batten said this today:

    “On the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack and the murder of Lee Rigby, I would like to add my voice,  on behalf of UKIP, to those calling for a Terrorism Memorial Day.

    “Over many years we have experienced a growing toll of victims of senseless acts of terrorism from different perpetrators.  It would be fitting to remember all the victims on the same day.

    “However, the day should not be used to express passive sentimentality towards these outrages but to focus our minds on the practical measures that need to be taken to combat terrorism and the ideologies that promote it.

    “Sadly, the roll call of the innocent victims of terrorism is likely to be added to, however much we hope not, and remembering these people is of no use unless there is a resolve to tackle the causes of terrorism.

    “Meanwhile we pay our respects and offer our sympathies to the victims and families of people such as the Manchester bombing and Lee Rigby”.

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  • UKIP Leader Gerard Batten Responds to BBC Teach Video

    “This is pure pro-immigration propaganda.  It begins by laughably citing the Roman, Saxon, Viking and Norman invasions as ‘immigration’.

    “This is simplistic propaganda but what it makes it all the more sinister is that it is being paid for by the state-funded propaganda channel, the BBC – paid for by reluctant license holders.

    “This polemic is call ‘Teach’ but it would be more accurate to call it ‘Indoctrinate’.

    “This is simplistic, deliberate misinformation, and simple brain-washing techniques that the BBC has the bare faced effrontery to produced at tax-payers expense.

    “I was long ago convinced that the BBC should lose is Charter and this only reinforces that for me.”

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  • Margot Parker stresses action on mental health

    Margot Parker MEP has called for action to tackle mental health problems. She was speaking during this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week and urged people to find out more about the focus of this year’s campaign, ‘stress’.

     

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  • Being a graduate should not be the key aim of Police recruitment

    Proposals that all recruits to the Police Force should be graduates have come under fire from the UKIP Home Affairs spokesman, Dave Moreland, himself a former police officer.

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  • UKIP announces David Kurten AM as candidate in Lewisham East

    David Kurten, one of UKIP’s members of the London Assembly has been selected by the party for the upcoming by-election in South East London.

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  • Mike Hookem - “Labour do not understand EU defence procurement rules”

    Ukip defence spokesman blasts Corbyn’s claims that new Fleet Auxiliary ships could be ‘protected’ and built in Britain

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  • Gerard Batten responds to the Local Election Results

     

    The English local election results are of course disappointing to say the least. We all knew it was going to be a difficult night but we worked and hoped for the best.

    First of all let me commend and thank all our former councillors, candidates, and activists who put in so much hard work over the years for the Party and the cause we believe in. These unsung heroes and heroines sacrificed their own time, effort and money in the interests of democracy. Thanks also to all the loyal UKIP voters who stayed with us at this difficult time.

    There is also some good news in this election.

    A preliminary estimate of sixteen councils shows UKIP achieved an average of 7.5% of the vote.

    When all the results are known we hope to have achieved an average of between 5% to 7% of the vote (across the seats we contested).

    If you recall, in the General Election of 2017 UKIP had sunk to just 1.8% of the vote overall or approximately 3% across the seats where we stood (378).

    Recently an opinion poll for UKIP still put us on only 3% nationally (YouGov).

    When all the numbers are finally crunched, if we are indeed on between 5% to 7% of the vote then this represents a definite uplift in our support.

    This is significant because the percentage difference between the Conservative and Labour parties is currently running at about 5% (Cons 43% Labour 38% YouGov, April)

    In a General Election, the ability to command 5% or more of the vote has a significant impact on the votes, and seats, of the Lib-Lab-Con.

    That is why the political and media establishments are saying UKIP is dead. They want us dead - but UKIP is still very much alive.

    Certain results deserve a special mention.

    In Derby, we held a seat and won two new seats. UKIP Councillor Alan Graves held his seat on 58% of the vote, and new UKIP Councillor Paul Bettany displaced the sitting Labour leader of the council on 40% of the vote. They are obviously doing something right and the Party needs to learn from them. In the results for Redditch, Winyates ward saw UKIP with 23.2% of the vote. We are still awaiting confirmation of some results.

    In Burnley, UKIP Councillor Tom Commis also won a seat – well done Tom!

    Our candidates and activists in Rochdale held the Labour council to task on the Grooming Gang/Sex Slavery issue and achieved a very respectable 13.8% of the vote.

    We all knew the result would be disappointing but UKIP is still in the fight. Now we have to regroup, reorganise and rethink – and come out fighting again next time.

    Have a relaxing week-end and an enjoyable Bank Holiday on 7th May.

    Yours sincerely,

    Gerard Batten MEP
    UKIP Leader

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  • Computer errors led to 450,000 missed screenings in England since 2009

    Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not receive invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced on Wednesday.

    Speaking in the Commons, the Health Secretary said 450,000 women aged around 70 had failed to get invitations since 2009. It is not known whether any delay in diagnosis resulted in avoidable death, but it is estimated that between 135 and 270 women had their lives shortened as a result, he said.

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  • UKIP Leader Gerard Batten on Peston and Daily Politics