• Defence procurement like a “Whitehall Farce”

    bill3.pngUKIP Defence spokesman, Bill Etheridge, highlighted the glaring gaps in the capacity of the Royal Navy as the Royal Australian Navy completed exercise off the coast of Perth.

    The Australian Navy’s new Canberra class LHD HMAS Adelaide served as the flagship of a multinational fleet.

    Having entered service in late 2014 the HMAS Adelaide and its sister ship, the HMAS Canberra are the largest warships ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy and represented a significant leap in amphibious capability.

    Since then the Australian Defence Force has been working up its capability to deploy from these resources regionally and globally.

    In sharp contrast, Royal Navy helicopters will be compelled to use French naval vessel the Mistral in similar operations in the Pacific in May, with HMS Ocean headed back to the UK for the last time.

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  • Let's get cracking! UKIP urge fast action now that the date of Article 50 has been announced

    Paul.jpgUKIP Leader Paul Nuttall welcomed the date of the triggering of Article 50 today pushing for Britain to seize its opportunity of freedom

    “We welcome the long overdue announcement but regret it’s nine-month delay caused by political indecision, House of Lords betrayal and a number of legal challenges," Mr Nuttall said.

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  • Blair has learned nothing and forgotten nothing

    Paul.jpgPaul Nuttall, the UKIP leader has denounced Tony Blair over the former PM's attempt to overthrow the referendum result.

    He said, "Blair has demonstrated his arrogant belief that he and his supporters have special access to knowledge again. It was this mistaken belief that took the country into illegal war, maybe he should have learned his lesson.

    "I should be grateful though, every time Blair turns up on our screens or in our papers he reminds people of the reasons that they voted to free the country from the grip of people like him.

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  • Hotel bed tax plans detrimental to our tourist industry

    Ayling.jpgVictoria Ayling UKIP Tourism Spokesman, slammed Local Authorities lobbying the Government for a change in legislation allowing them to impose a Hotel Bed Tax. Currently Bath and North East Somerset Council are in discussions with the Government about these proposals and others are believed to be putting a case for powers to impose such a tax.

    "A Hotel Bed Tax will have a huge detrimental effect on our tourist industry. Local economies and jobs dependent on visitors will suffer as a result. Currently, with the weak pound, Tourism is flourishing but this will not last forever. Additional costs such as these Bed Tax proposals will then become a deciding factor as to whether visitors, particularly from overseas, come to an area or not.

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  • Tory disarray on National Insurance shows UKIP is the party for strivers

    Paul.jpgUKIP leader, Paul Nuttall has welcomed the Chancellor's U-Turn over applying National Insurance to the self employed and sole traders.

    "It is good that the Chancellor is listening, at least to us in UKIP, some of his own backbenchers and much of the media. But his basic point that this was a breach of a manifesto commitment is hardly the issue. The point is that they thought they could get away with hitting the self employed.

    "What is clear from his statement is that both he and the Prime Minister were perfectly happy to hammer a section of society who the Tories feel are their expendable electoral infantry. That Jeremy Corbyn failed to mention the NIC raid in his budget response, and then hardly mentioned it after the Chancellor's U-Turn just shows how this group of men and women, 2.84 million of them, the engine room of our economy and the key driving force behind the country's growth and prosperity, are ignored and punished for their efforts.

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  • Common sense prevails as judge quashes Marine Alexander Blackman's murder conviction

    PeterJewell.jpgUKIP has welcome today's decision from the Court Martial Appeal Court to quash the murder conviction of Marine Alexander Blackman and replace it with manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    The Party's Justice Spokesman, Peter Jewell, urged the court to now set Marine Blackman free when he appears for re-sentencing within the next couple of weeks.

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  • Mike Hookem welcomes reduction in ‘Marine A’ Conviction

    thumbnail_Marine_A.jpgUKIP Veterans Spokesman Mike Hookem, has welcomed a decision by the Court Martial Appeal Court to reduce the sentence of jailed Royal Marine Sergeant, Alexander Blackman, saying; “the reduction in the severity of the charge against Al Blackman proves he should never have been jailed in the first place due to medical problems he was suffering from at the time of the incident.”

    Royal Marine Sergeant, Alex Blackman, was jailed after the killing of a mortally wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan was caught on the helmet camera of another soldier. A military court later found Blackman guilty of murder, despite evidence he was suffering from a range of mental health problems at the time of the killing.

    Former commando engineer, Mr Hookem, who has taken the campaign to free ‘Marine A' to the European Parliament said, “I echo the statement made by Claire Blackman – Alexander’s wife – that a conviction of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility better reflects the circumstances of the incident and I welcome the court’s decision.”

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  • EU fiddling whilst the Treaty of Rome burns

    Speaking today in the European Parliament plenary debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP urged caution in the midst of the Treaty of Rome celebrations and stressed that despite the motives behind the origins of the European Union being noble, it has evolved into a ‘political monster’ which wants to destroy the nation state.

    Paul Nuttall said: “What began as a noble economic plan has evolved into a political monster, egged on by successive eurocrats who are hungry for ever more power and determined to destroy the nation state and what continues to amaze me is that you never learn. You talk about an existential crisis but you say what is needed is even more EU, you are fiddling whilst the Treaty of Rome burns.”

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  • Statement from Party Leader Paul Nuttall regarding letter to Arron Banks

    UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said today: Following a meeting of the Party's NEC on Friday, it was decided a response to a letter written to me by Arron Banks in February was appropriate.

    Subsequently, the letter below was sent to Mr Banks early this morning and is copied here in full:

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  • Jeremy Hunt should not be threatening doctors with huge financial penalties before they’ve even qualified

    Suzanne.jpgIn response to the announcement by Health Secretary Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP today that new doctors could be forced to work in the NHS for at least five years, or pay back some of their training costs, UKIP’s NHS Champion Suzanne Evans said: "The UK is a net exporter of physicians compared to its English-speaking OECD counterparts, so yes, the government urgently needs to address the problem of doctors leaving the UK. But this isn’t the right way to go about it. Once again, the Tories have tried to rip off another UKIP policy, but in creating their own version have got it spectacularly wrong.

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