• Current suggestions from DEFRA about handling the new outbreak risk making the sector unviable

    Screenshot_51.pngStuart Agnew MEP, the UKIP Agriculture spokesman, has called for a new approach from DEFRA over the latest outbreak of avian flu.

    Mr Agnew said, "It is obvious & understandable that the ministry vets would prefer to keep all poultry indoors until at least a month has elapsed from an Avian flu incident. They are bowing to industry pressure by allowing poultry outdoors in specified areas.

    "This will create a divide in the free-range poultry sector causing as many problems as it solves.

    "For those producers who can let their birds out they are expected to follow very strict bio-security rules that attempt to 'sanitise' an area of around 25 acres which is impossible in practice", he said.

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  • All of our submarines are missing

    bill2.jpgUKIP defence spokesman, Bill Etheridge MEP, has blasted the government for their lack of spending on the Royal Navy as news emerged that the entire UK fleet of seven submarines is out of service.

    The problem-hit Astute class, which has slowly been replacing the older Trafalgar class is built by BAE Systems, along with Type 45 Destroyers which break down in hot weather.

    Only one submarine, HMS Astute, is at sea and she is having sea trials after a refit. She is said to be weeks away from being able to undertake missions.

    Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said “This story underlines two vital points that I have been making over the last few weeks. Firstly, that under-investment in our military capacity has left the cupboard bare - the slightest problem exposes the lack of back-up. Secondly, our defence procurement, headed by Tony Douglas, on a salary and bonus package in excess of £500k a year is definitely sub-standard.

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  • Conference Agenda announced

    ConfBlurb17.jpgThe full agenda has been finalised for our Spring Conference in Bolton next week and we are pleased to say that it is packed with the Party's talent.

    Within a single day – Friday, February 17 – to showcase the best we have to offer, on stage we will have our Leader, Paul Nuttall, our former leader, Nigel Farage, joined by our Assembly Members and raft of policy spokesmen.

    You can see the full Conference Agenda here.

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  • Tough soundbites won't cure NHS ills

    WkQugaNu.jpegAccident and emergency patients in England experienced the worst month of delays this winter in the 13 years since the four-hour target was introduced, a leaked document suggests. The figures, compiled by regulator NHS Improvement, also reportedly suggest a record high for people waiting more than 12 hours for a bed after being seen in A&E.

    The target, introduced in 2004, states that 95% of patients must be seen and either admitted or discharged in under four hours. But the document suggests that of 1.4 million visits in January, only 82% were dealt with within the time frame - while more than 60,000 people waited for up to 12 hours for a bed after being told they must be admitted.

    UKIP’s NHS Champion Suzanne Evans said, "Too many people attending A&E, combined with a shortage of emergency medicine consultants, difficulty in getting GPs appointments and chronic underfunding, was bound to lead to precisely this kind of crisis. The government's 95% target for patients visiting A&E to be seen within four hours has been looking hopelessly unrealistic for some time.

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  • Help to get veterans the help and support they were promised under the armed forces covenant


    Veterans must get the help and support they were promised under the armed forces covenant.

    As part of Mike Hookem’s campaign with the Daily Express, a petition has been launched to force a change in the law and get veterans the priority they deserve. Sign it here.

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  • Proposals for NHS hospitals in England to charge overseas patients upfront for non-urgent care will not work in practice

    WkQugaNu.jpegProposals for NHS hospitals in England to charge overseas patients upfront for non-urgent care will not work in practice, says UKIP’s NHS Champion Suzanne Evans.

    Suzanne Evans said: “It is beyond unreasonable to expect medics to ignore their Hippocratic oath and refuse to operate on seriously ill patients. Neither should hospitals be required to the job of Border Agency officials.”

    "There is a simple, cost-free solution to the problem of health tourism, and that is to not allow any foreign national into the country unless they have comprehensive health and travel insurance. Where applicable, visas should not be granted without proof of such. Anyone else who is unable to present a certificate of health insurance at their point of entry to the UK, should either be given the choice to either buy approved health insurance there and then, or accept they will not be allowed into the country."

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  • Margot Parker backs worldwide day of zero tolerance on FGM

    MargotParker.jpgMargot Parker MEP has backed the worldwide day of zero tolerance on FGM. The UKIP MEP and the party’s spokesman for Women and Equalities supported the United Nations call for more action to end the “barbaric practice.”

    The day of action follows reports by Plan International UK that between April 2015 and March last year, doctors assessed 8,656 cases and recorded thousands of new historic cases.

    Margot said: “FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years - including if girls are sent 'home' to be mutilated in the name of culture. Despite robust legislation existing to stop this abuse from occurring, there has not been a single conviction in all that time.

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  • Government must come clean on their pension age plans

    According to predictions by the Office of Budget Responsibility Brits born after 1989 may have to work until they are 74 before being eligible for state pension. Government must urgently give greater clarification as to the extent and speed at which they are seeking to increase pension entitlement age.

    Andrew Charalambous, UKIP Work and Pensions Spokesman said, "Changes to the projected pension age mean that society as a whole needs to rethink the way we approach not only work but care , health and savings. It's time government presented the British people with an honest timetable for state pension age increases. In so doing I hope government will bear in mind that there are significant variations in life expectancy across the UK.

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  • Quite right that Shiner has been struck off

    Former reservist West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver has spoken of his delight that lawyer Phil Shiner, who brought abuse claims against British troops, has been struck off after a misconduct hearing.

    The human rights solicitor admitted paying an agent to find him clients and acting improperly in claiming soldiers murdered and tortured Iraqi civilians. The ruling, by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal, ends a career in which Shiner had been involved in a string of cases alleging systematic brutality and torture of prisoners by British troops.

    Mr Carver said: “It is right and proper that Shiner should be struck off after the stress and anxiety he caused to so many of our loyal soldiers who were called upon to risk their lives in a most harrowing conflict.

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  • Transparent rail pricing proposals are warmly welcomed

    Jill_Seymour.jpegPlans to simplify rail fares on cross-country train routes have been warmly welcomed by UKIP’s Transport spokesman.

    Jill Seymour MEP described the Rail Delivery Group’s proposals as ‘a welcome dose of common sense’ and said they could save travellers hundreds of pounds.

    A trial scheme will be launched in May, initially for people travelling between Scotland and the south west of England.

    “I’m sure that this is going to be a success, and I’d like to see it rolled out across the whole of the UK’s railway network as soon as possible,” said Mrs Seymour.

    “Anything which simplifies things for commuters – and has the potential to save them a great deal of money by making the cheapest price tariffs more transparent – should be warmly welcomed.”

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