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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

  • Juncker's decision to commemorate Marx speaks volumes

    The decision of the European Commission President to unveil a statue to and speak at the celebrations of Karl Marx's 200th anniversary celebrations in Trier is a travesty say UKIP.

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  • Alfie Evans “must be released to his parents for flight to Italian hospital”, says Alan Craig

    UKIP rooting for Tom Evans and Kate James in their courageous fight against “cruel ass” legal and medical authorities.

    As Tom Evans and Kate James return to court again this afternoon, UKIP has condemned the legal and medical authorities who have, so far, frustrated their attempt to have baby Alfie flown by medical ambulance to an Italian hospital.

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  • Batten Slams Labour Leader in the European Parliament Over Issue of a Second EU Referendum

    UKIP Leader, Gerard Batten, has slammed Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, Richard Corbett, after he raised the possibility of a second EU referendum, saying; “while another vote may be the great hope of the pro-European political elite; it will do nothing more than further polarise public opinion on the matter of Brexit.”

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  • UKIP Leader attacks Boris Johnson over his call for mass amnesty of illegal immigrants

    The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for a “broader amnesty” of illegal immigrants in the wake of the Windrush scandal. It is estimated that the kind of amnesty Johnson calls for could lead to over 500,000 illegal immigrants being granted British citizenship. You don't solve a problem by making things worse. Boris Johnson must not conflate an appalling error with a catastrophic mistake says UKIP.

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  • Alfie Evans case - UKIP MEPs speak up as one

    Regarding the case of Alfie Evans, on behalf of ALL UKIP MEPs,

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  • UKIP Leader slams open borders worker exploitation

    MPs have announced that they are to investigate the growth of hand car-wash services in the UK, due to concerns they are exploiting workers. 

     

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