• ​Law change on language skills check for Nurses due to determined pressure from UKIP

    Louise_Bours.jpgNurses from the European Union will for the first time have their language skills checked before working for the NHS, ministers will announce today.

    UKIP Health spokeswoman Louise Bours MEP said: "This law change would not have come about without the determined pressure from UKIP.

    "The language test for EU immigrants should be as stringent as the test for non EU immigrants, as it is just as dangerous to be looked after by an EU national that cannot speak English as it is an immigrant from elsewhere.

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  • The Madness of Europe's Industrial Massacre

    UKIP MEP Roger Helmer writes: "Some time ago I was able to address a question on energy prices to Miguel Arias Cañete, described as “Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy”.  His only response was to suggest the completion of a single EU energy market, which I described as “fiddling at the margin”.

    "On Monday January 26th, I attended a meeting of the ITRE Committee in Brussels, and had an opportunity to question Maros Sefcovic, a Commissioner and a Vice President (no less) of the Commission. I put essentially the same question to him, but with a summary of the huge damage which energy prices are doing to European competitiveness, driving jobs and investment out of Europe altogether."

    You can watch Roger Helmer pose that question here: 

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  • The screw in my sofa was too tight - but the whole European Union system has a screw loose

    jonathan_arnott_1.jpgIn his latest column for The Journal, UKIP North East MEP  Jonathan Arnott has written about the saga of his Brussels sofa - and how it is a metaphor for the broken bureaucracy of the EU.

    "I normally write in this column about the major political issues of the day, but nothing better encapsulates what’s wrong with the European Union than the curious incident of the sofa in my office."

    The sofa "...sadly, is a metaphor for the broken bureaucracy of the European Union. Whereas the screw in my sofa was too tight, the system itself has a screw loose."

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  • Holding Turkey to Account

    During a recent European Parliament debate on anti-terrorism measures, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP called Turkey to account for their lack of action on Islamic State.


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  • 100 days till the election, 100 reasons to vote UKIP

    10952271_798855083495430_5283085457226450293_n.pngWith 100 days to the election, here are the first 10 of 100 great reasons to vote UKIP 

    1. Get Britain out of the European Union
    2. Get control of immigration with an Australian-style, points-based immigration system
    3. £3bn more, annually, into our NHS which desperately needs it
    4. Scrap tuition fees for students studying Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths, or Medical degrees
    5. Pay greater attention to elderly care across the country
    6. Cutting £9bn from our foreign aid budget
    7. Give the people the ability to “recall” their MPs, without parliamentary or MP approval
    8. Stopping our endless, foreign wars
    9. Promoting a British identity, as opposed to failed multiculturalism
    10. Allowing existing schools to become grammar schools

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  • 100 days to go, our Head of Policy writes

    WkQugaNu.jpegWith 100 days to go to the General Election, UKIP's Head of Policy and our Deputy Chairman, Suzanne Evans, writes:

    "Our precious NHS is cracking at the seams. A&E departments are in crisis. We need at least another 10,000 GPs to cope with demand. Staff morale in the NHS is at rock bottom. Hospitals are getting deeper and deeper into debt. 

    "The NHS needs a serious injection of cash to help sort out the mess both Labour and the Tories have got it into. They privatised significant chunks of it and constantly use it as a political football. Labour still refuses to face up to the fact they racked up debts of £300 billion on Private Finance Initiatives, and the Tories will not apologise for their £4 billion top down re-organisation – which breached every promise they made to you, the voter.

    "UKIP believes we should leave the European Union and spend £3 billion of the £10 billion we pay out every year in membership fees on the NHS instead.

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage announces £3bn costed funding for frontline NHS Services

    On the Andrew Marr show, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage announced that UKIP will provide an extra £3 billion per year in NHS funding. The money will be directed squarely at frontline services. Watch Nigel Farage discuss the announcement below:

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  • UKIP pledge an extra £3 billion for the NHS

    B8N6xnQIEAE29Qp.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage has announced a pledge that we will provide an extra £3 billion per year in NHS funding. The money will be directed squarely at frontline services.

    We will also cut £2bn wasted on health tourism by ensuring migrants and tourists have health insurance as a condition of entry.

    The current NHS deficit is estimated to be £2bn.

    UKIP are the only party promising to make real savings by cutting middle management and abuse of the NHS while also pledging a bigger cash injection to clinical care than any other party.

    This indicates an increase in cash redirected on critical and frontline care of a total £5bn at least.

    Nigel Farage said, "UKIP is the only party to be able to make this pledge, as the money will come, not from cuts outside the NHS budget but as part of the Post-EU dividend. We have carefully costed our proposals and will be targeting the savings at ensuring that the NHS remains a world standard for health.

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  • Patrick O'Flynn responds to Cameron on tax cuts

    patch.jpgUKIP economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn today criticised David Cameron for his claim to be an instinctive tax-cutter.

    Mr O'Flynn said: "No wonder so many voters are so cynical about the political class in general and the man at its apex in particular.

    "The fact is that David Cameron based his political ascent on arguing that the Tories should support the excessive tax-and-spend approach of Gordon Brown that did so much damage to our economy, pushed us into such debt and damaged incentives for hard work and wealth creation.

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  • Right to Buy entitlements should not apply to foreign nationals: Neither sensible nor fair

    Andrew_Charalambous__Web_Profile_Pic_.jpgUKIP Housing spokesman Andrew Charalambous has announced that UKIP will include in its manifesto a pledge that foreign nationals will be banned from buying their council houses under the Government's relaunch of the Right to Buy scheme. An exception would be made for those who have served in the British armed forces.

    Andrew Charalambous, UKIP's Housing spokesman, said: "Britain's social housing stock is massively oversubscribed. It is neither sensible nor fair on British families on waiting lists for Right to Buy entitlements to apply to foreign nationals occupying council or housing association homes.

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