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  • Margot Parker backs Bill to ban the term ‘honour killing’

    download.jpgUKIP’s women and equalities spokesperson Margot Parker MEP has backed a call to ban the term ‘honour killing’. The East Midlands MEP said she supported the proposed Bill by Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani, which is due to be put forward tomorrow, (Tuesday).

    She said: “Last year my colleague Jane Collins MEP started a petition for a ban on the use of the term 'honour killing' by all BBC outlets which are funded by the license fee and on other media outlets to follow this policy voluntarily.

    “It stated, quite rightly, that to use the term 'honour killing' when describing the murder of a family member - overwhelmingly females - due to the perpretrators’ believe they have brought 'shame' on a family normalises murder for cultural reasons and sets it apart from other killings when there should be no distinction.

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  • Councils must be prevented from ‘demonising’ diesel car drivers

    38qr96Hi.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has called on the Government to prevent councils from ‘demonising’ drivers of diesel vehicles with massive rises in parking charges.

    Her comments follow the launch of a pilot scheme in central London which will see Westminster City Council charging an extra 50 per cent on the normal hourly parking charge - just for diesel vehicles – starting in April.

    Mrs Seymour said: “The Government needs to step in and nip this money-grabbing scheme in the bud, before it spreads like wild-fire across other parts of the country.

    “It is totally wrong for the authorities to be demonising drivers of diesel cars, just a few years after they were actively encouraging the very same people to buy them.

    “These drivers bought diesel cars in good faith, on the back of incentives which were promoted by the Government.

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  • MoD not fit for purpose

    Bill.jpgUKIP Defence spokesman Bill Etheridge MEP has said the report by the National Audit Office into defence funding "should make the government hang their heads in shame at their negligence of our Armed Forces."

    "I am strongly in favour of a properly financed defence budget, above the current levels where we fudge the figures to reach the 2% target requested by NATO," he said.

    "For too many years, the job of defending our country has been Cinderella with the ugly sisters of foreign aid and throwing money at unreformed projects soaking up billions of taxpayers money.

    "Report after report has shown the Ministry of Defence is not fit for purpose yet Mr Cameron rewarded the Secretary of State for Defence with a knighthood, probably for backing 'remain' in the referendum.

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  • Please let's use commonsense says Margot Parker on women's dress code

    download.jpgMargot Parker, UKIP's women and equalities spokesperson, has pleaded for commonsense over proposed company dress code plans.

    Under the scheme, employment tribunals could force companies to stop enforcing dress codes.

    That could mean an end to what sort of shoes, clothes, or make-up employees are made to wear.

    Margot said: "Let's use our commonsense here, not legislation.

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  • Bill Etheridge calls for pre-emptive strikes on any terrorist held chemical dumps

    thumbnail_bill2.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence spokesman, has called for pre-emptive strikes against any known chemical dumps in terrorist hands.
     
    Weeks after the Christmas market attack in Berlin, German government issued a paper stating the country was at “high risk” of terrorist attacks carried out by “Islamist-motivated perpetrators” who could use chemicals to contaminate drinking water.
     
    There have been reports that Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) was in possession of chemical weapons stockpiles emerged in the past from time to time.

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  • Julia Reid condemns Bath & North East Somerset Council's decision to pave over Bathampton Meadows

    Portrait-of-Julia.jpgBath and North East Somerset Council have decided to go ahead with plans to build the city's fourth park and ride following the cabinet members meeting at the Guildhall, despite the overwhelming opposition to the proposal.

    In response to the decision, Dr Julia Reid MEP, who is UKIP's environmental spokesperson, said: "After record numbers at tonight's protest, and years of campaigning by local residents, it's a real shame that the council have chosen to disregard their concerns. In doing this, the Tories in Bath have committed political suicide.

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  • The will of the people on Brexit will be still be heard, court decision makes no difference

    UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP has said the Supreme Court's decision to deny the Government's appeal and insist that Parliament vote on the triggering of Article 50 would not jeopardise Brexit.

    "This decision is hardly a surprise but in the end it will make no real difference," Mr Nuttall said.

    "The will of the people will be heard, and woe betide those politicians or parties that attempt to block, delay, or in any other way subvert that will. 

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  • Labour is playing politics with national security

    thumbnail_bill2.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence spokesman, has condemned Labour in the wake of revelations that a Trident test resulted in a misdirected missile.

    Labour and the Scottish National Party have been urging the government to give a full explanation to MPs on why test firing a Trident missile went wrong.

    The unarmed missile headed towards Florida instead of its intended target weeks before MPs voted to renew the nuclear weapons system.

    Nia Griffith, Labour's shadow defence secretary, has called on the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to give "a full explanation" to MPs later.

    Mr Etheridge, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, said “Whilst the failure of a missile test is a grave matter, is it one that should be discussed in the public arena?

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  • Now let's lift our Leader into Parliament – and change the face of British politics for good

    paulnuttallstokebanner.jpgOur Party Chairman Paul Oakden writes, 

    At 11.00 this morning, we announced that our Party Leader, Paul Nuttall, would be UKIP’s candidate for the forthcoming by-election in Stoke-on-Trent Central, on Thursday 23 February.

    Thanks to the Stoke-on-Trent branch and the great Mick Harold, who came only 5000 votes behind Tristram Hunt in 2015 but has gallantly ceded the candidacy to Paul, we now have the chance to see our Leader elected to Westminster for the first time.

    It really can happen. Though Mick’s fantastic campaign pushed the Tories into third place by just 33 votes (0.2%) last time, our private polling shows that with Paul as our candidate we are only a handful of points behind Corbyn’s Labour – with the Conservatives stuck some 10 points behind, totally out of sight of a win.

    We have worked and prayed for this moment. We took our last Party Leader to within 3000 votes of Parliament in South Thanet, in the face of one of the most vicious – and dubious – spoiler campaigns in recent history.

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  • Over 200 jobs secured as the Ministry of Defence secures £269m helicopter surveillance system deal

    To-use2.jpgDr Julia Reid MEP, who represents the South West Counties & Gibraltar, welcomes the news that a new Ministry of Defence deal for a helicopter surveillance system will sustain 210 highly skilled British jobs.

    The £269m deal with Lockheed Martin marks the beginning of the lengthy manufacturing process on the new Crowsnest helicopter surveillance system. This will reportedly provide long range air, maritime and land detection, and tracking capability to Royal Navy ships through a helicopter-borne surveillance system. The new Crowsnest system, which will be integrated into the Merlin Mk2 helicopter, is being designed for use by the new Queen Elizabeth Class ships.

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