• Labour's plan to tackle the decline of pubs is anything but

    Paul.jpgUKIP Leader and long time advocate of UKIP's "Save the Pub Campaign" Paul Nuttall said, "Labour has announced plans that are intended to tackle the decline of pubs however, they will do anything but that.

    "Their plans demonstrate a complete lack of joined up thinking. Whilst guaranteeing to list all pubs as "assets of community value" to help stop them being sold off to supermarket chains and the like is laudable, when combined with an refusal to rule out a rise in beer duty it is nothing but an empty gesture. Protecting pubs from becoming supermarkets, while at the same time reinforcing the supermarkets ability to undercut pub prices is fantasy economics, and a cruel fantasy at that.

    "Ever rising beer duty is driving pubs out of business. Labour's "plan" would kill pubs through tax, while thumping a few extra nails in their coffins as pub cos and publicans would be condemned to penury by ever rising beer duty and unable to offload failed assets due to a universal listing of pubs as assets of community value. On a case by case basis it is good that pubs can be listed, but it is not always the best solution.

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  • The Tories are planning another targeted attack on white van men and women

    PatrickOflynn.pngPatrick O'Flynn, the UKIP Economics spokesman, has today warned that the Tories are likely to hit the self employed with hikes in National Insurance.

    Mr O'Flynn demanded that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond protect the lifeblood of our economy, the self employed strivers.

    "First, he could and should explicitly rule out unleashing a new national insurance raid on the self-employed. The pernicious measure that he set out in his Budget, and that UKIP vehemently opposed, would have hit 2.5 million workers, 1.6 million of whom are basic rate income tax payers.

    "It would have cost them an average of £240 a year each. When Mr Hammond withdrew it, he did so  only because it contravened the terms of the 2015 Tory manifesto which will of course falls after this election. He said he still thought that hiking NI on the self-employed was “the right approach”.

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  • UKIP responds to the NHS Cyber attack

    Suzanne Evans, the UKIP Health spokesman, has responded to the cyber attack on NHS services today.

     "This is an absolutely despicable and cowardly attack on Britain's best-loved public service. I simply cannot understand the mentality of the pathetic geeks behind this crime, who must know they are putting lives at risk.

    "I would like to express my sympathy to NHS staff who, in addition to already having to cope with heavy workloads, now have to deal with this crisis.  I trust NHS Digital will be able to restore systems to normal and soon as possible, and whoever set this malware in motion will face the full force of the law.

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  • Mike Hookem MEP - 'Ted Heath betrayed the fishermen and Theresa May will do the same!'

    MikeHookemTrawler.jpgUKIP fisheries spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, yesterday accused the Tories of planning to “betray” the UK’s fishing industry, saying, "Ted Heath betrayed the fishermen... and Theresa May will do exactly the same!"

    Mr Hookem's comments came as he launched UKIP's new "Future for Fishing" policy, which aims to return the UK's fishing industry to Westminster control; and find investment to rebuild our fishing fleet.

    UKIP’s vision for the future of British fishing includes restoring our sovereignty and control over the UK’s entire 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), potentially worth a massive £6.3 billion to the British economy. Other measures include withdrawing from the 1964 London convention, and introducing a time-limited, paid license fee option for selected foreign flagged vessels to fish within the UK’s territorial waters during the industries rebuilding period.

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  • Tories will let us down on immigration

    The failure of the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd to answer simple questions on immigration today shows that the Tories are "completely at sea", says John Bickley, the UKIP immigration spokesman.

    Bickley who will be launching the UKIP immigration policy tomorrow attacked Rudd after she repeatedly failed to commit to the long standing Tory policy of tens of thousands net immigration figures per year.

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  • UKIP Deputy Leader Peter Whittle to stand in South Basildon and East Thurrock


    UKIP Deputy Leader Peter Whittle today announced that he will stand for Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock.

    He said "In 2015 UKIP put in a very strong showing in the election and came a strong second in South Basildon and East Thurrock, and I hope to do one better this time.

    "Basildon and East Thurrock voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union last year and deserves an MP who will truly stand up for their views.

    "UKIP are the only­ party that want to s­ee the type of Brexit­ that people voted fo­r last June, so that ­we can get back contr­ol of our borders and­ our laws.

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  • We are victims of our own success but a bright future still lays ahead

    The UKIP Leader, Paul Nuttall has issued the following statement following the local election results:

    It's been a difficult night.

    In the local elections yesterday many excellent UKIP representatives lost their seats on county councils despite campaigning hard for re-election.

    Frankly, there is nothing they could have done in the face of a big national swing to the Tories.

    Each one of our former councillors should be immensely proud of the contribution they have made not only to their local communities but also to the cause that our party was set up to achieve: the restoration of the United Kingdom as an independent, self-governing country.

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  • Happy retirement Prince Philip

    Responding to the news of Prince Philip's retirement from public service UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said, "Today we should honour the life of service to our Queen and nation by Prince Philip.

    "For over 60 years he has been a dedicated public servant, and deserves our great thanks. Happy retirement Sir."

    UKIP Deputy Leader Peter Whittle AM added, "Prince Philip has been the very model of public duty at its best and utterly steadfast in his support of the Queen.

    "We in UKIP offer him our very best wishes for well earned rest from public life."

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  • Manston Airport plans prove that UKIP lives up to its promises

    A £100 million investment plan to revive aviation at Manston Airport in Kent would not have been possible without the tireless campaigning of UKIP Councillors, according to the party’s transport spokesman Jill Seymour.

    An American logistics company has today unveiled plans to acquire the 750-acre site, and use it as a base for at least a dozen aircraft.

    Representatives for the un-named investment company are due to discuss the prospects of Thanet District Council becoming a partner in a compulsory purchase order for the site.

    “This is fabulous news. UKIP insisted two years ago that it was the only party which would work to save Manston, and we are delivering on our promises,” said Mrs Seymour.

    “News of this potential investment is testimony to the tireless campaigning, lobbying and hard work of the UKIP team on the ground in Thanet under Cllr Chris Wells, the leader of the Council.

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