• UKIP highlight failures of EU's flagship Biodiversity program

    Stuartagnew.jpgIn response to the European Court of Auditors report that slammed the 'Natura 2000' program as needing "improvements" in "management, financing and monitoring". In an unusual move the ECA has criticised the delivery of a key EU policy, one that costs British taxpayers significant sums of money.

    Stuart Agnew MEP, UKIPs Agriculture spokesman said: "British taxpayers, who disproportionately fund these well-meaning environmental schemes will be intensely irritated to hear that yet again their money is not being spent effectively abroad. They will also be irritated to learn that Natura 2000 was erroneously used by Green lobbyists to persuade our Government that dredging rivers was inadvisable, resulting in very serious flooding damage a few years ago."

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  • EU Military HQ on the way

    bill3.pngUKIP Defence spokesman Bill Etheridge was livid as the European Union tried to pass off a further integration of military capacity as just a planning centre for “non executive” missions

    The Military Planning and Conduct Capabilities (MPCC) unit would be responsible for the EU training missions in Somalia, Mali and Central African Republic.

    The UK and Polish governments have denied this is a move towards an EU military headquarters. “A fairly modest in size MPCC cannot be viewed as the EU operational headquarters,” said a Polish official.

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  • EU students remove £400 million from the Education pot

    DavidKurtenWeb.jpgDavid Kurten AM, UKIP's Education Spokesman, responded to today's figures produced by the Student Loan Company which show that £400 million of student loans given to EU national students is never repaid.

    He said, “The scandal of EU students taking student loans from the British taxpayer and returning home without paying has gone on for years. It has been known for some time that 25% of EU students do not pay back a penny of their student loans, and no-one from consecutive incompetent governments has done anything about it.

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  • The time has come for the House of Lords to go

    williamdartmouth.jpgWilliam Dartmouth, an elected Euro MP and the 10th Earl of Dartmouth, UKIP's Deputy Chairman who previously sat in the House of Lords, has said that the time has now come for the Lords to be abolished in its current form.

    William Dartmouth MEP said, "Following their vote last night it is clear that the House of Lords are intent on betraying almost 1 million British citizens now resident in the 27 other Member States of the European Union.

    "This is not right. As a former member of the House of Lords I must state that this a shameful episode in the Houses' 900 year old history.

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  • Announcement that Sex and Relationships Education will be made compulsory for all children from 4 years old will be horrifying to most parents

    DavidKurtenWeb.jpgThe announcement from Justine Greening that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) will be made compulsory in all schools for all children from 4 years old will be horrifying to most parents says UKIP's Education Spokesman David Kurten.

    David Kurten AM, who sits on the London Assembly Education Panel said,"The new Tory policy is sugar-coated by saying that only ‘Relationships’ will be taught at the very youngest ages, but that the ‘Sex’ part will be introduced in an ‘age-appropriate’ manner, with little indication of when this will be.

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  • Statement on the Brexit Bill defeat in the House of Lords

    Arnott.jpgThe House of Lords has passed an amendment to the Brexit Bill, Amendment 9B, which states that the government must bring forward proposals to ensure that citizens of other EU and EEA countries and their family members who are legally resident in the UK must be allowed to remain in the UK and continue to be treated in the same way in respect of their EU-derived rights post-Brexit.

    The amendment was passed by 358 votes to 256, a majority of 102.

    Jonathan Arnott, UKIP Constitutional Affairs spokesman, said, “The idea that we shouldn’t kick out EU nationals currently in the UK is a good enough one, but for three reasons I have a huge problem with this amendment:

    “One - It is remarkably short-sighted. We need a reciprocal agreement between the EU and the UK: “We will allow EU nationals to remain in the UK post-Brexit, and in return UK nationals will be allowed to remain in the EU nations post-Brexit.

    ”It’s much harder to gain such a reciprocal agreement on behalf of British ex-pats currently living in other EU nations if we’ve conceded their half of the negotiation position first. Yes, we do care about EU citizens living in the UK – but we also care about British citizens living abroad, and this Amendment damages our ability to help them.

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  • Julia Reid welcomes plans by Sir James Dyson to open a new research centre in the South West

    To-use2.jpgUKIP’s Science spokesman, Dr Julia Reid MEP, has welcomed billionaire inventor and prominent Brexit campaigner, Sir James Dyson’s plans for a new multimillion-pound research and development centre in the South West of England.

    Dyson’s plans are part of a move to significantly expand the company and double its current workforce to around 7000 over the next five years.

    Consumer electrical giant Dyson will begin work on their second technology campus at the 517-acre former MOD site in Hullavington, North of Chippenham in Wiltshire, which is near its Malmesbury headquarters. Work on the new Dyson campus is expected to begin in May.

    Dyson also plan on investing £250 million on expanding its 56-acre HQ in Malmesbury, also in the South-West.

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  • Whoever ordered these ships should walk the plank

    bill2.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Bill Etheridge was furious as news emerged about further issues with the UK’s new generation ships.

    The new Type 26 Frigates are to be fitted with launchers that will not fire a British made missile. It means US Tomahawk missiles will have to be bought a massive extra cost. However, the Ministry of Defence’s £178billion ten-year equipment plan does not currently include any money which is allocated for their purchase.

    This news comes after revelations that the Type 45 destroyer has engines that are so noisy they can be heard by a Russian submarine 100 miles away and break down in warmer waters. The UK's own submarine fleet was recently revealed to be all in dock due to breakdowns and refits, with only one vessel out on sea trials.

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  • Margot Parker hits out at police over FGM Tweet storm

    MargotParker.jpgUKIP’s spokesman on Women and Equalities issues has called on West Midlands Police to explain a series of Tweets on the horrific crime of female genital mutilation.

    Margot Parker MEP said she was disgusted to read a West Midlands Police, (WMP,) Tweet on Sunday, which stated it would refrain from prosecuting those responsible for inflicting FGM, the implication being that it would be counter-productive in terms of community cohesion and family stability.

    Mrs Parker has written to the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Director of Public Prosecutions and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

    The East Midlands MEP said: “The Tweet was deleted but further Tweets which attempted to clarify the position of WMP on this sickening crime just added to the confusion.

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  • Petition launched to stop the ‘demonising’ of diesel car drivers

    38qr96Hi.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has launched a petition calling on the Government to prevent councils from discriminating against drivers of diesel cars.

    She said: “There is a growing move to charge drivers of diesel cars extra for parking and travelling in city centres - even though the Government encouraged people to buy them by highlighting their efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

    “That’s why this complete policy U-turn is unfair. People with diesel cars should not now be suddenly discriminated against, charged more for parking or forced to pay additional costs to use their vehicles.

    “My petition is calling upon Prime Minister Theresa May to protect people who purchased diesel cars, which remain amongst the most efficient vehicles available.

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