• Political threat to Press Freedom is "astonishingly illiberal and illogical"

    patch.jpgThe UKIP Spokesman for the Media, Patrick O'Flynn MEP - and former Express Chief Political Commentator has issued a call to arms against the threat to Press Freedom contained in Article 40 of the Crime and Courts Act.

    Mr O'Flynn said, "As UKIP media spokesman, I strongly object to section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act. This astonishingly illiberal and illogical measure will mean that newspapers can be made to pay huge legal costs for the sin of telling the truth unless they agree to be regulated by the Government’s approved body. Any newspaper not signing up to the Impress body will have to pay legal costs for both sides in libel actions taken against it whether it wins or loses the case.

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  • Brexit Agriculture plans are "Slow, opaque and ill-considered"

    Stuart-Agnew-in-Plenary1.jpgStuart Agnew MEP, UKIP's Agriculture spokesman has responded to the Secretary of State for Agriculture's plans announced at today's key Oxford Farming Conference, describing them as slow, lacking in detail and ill-considered,

    "I feel that she is hiding behind "we are having consultations", he said, "That will work for now, but it certainly will not work going forward.

    "I was particularly incensed that the chairman wouldn't allow my question to the Mrs Leadsom, I am both a farmer as well as a politician and the question was both relevant and needs answering".

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  • Doctors Back UKIP’s A&E Policy

    gFrSqwQl.jpgA survey of more than 500 GPs and secondary care doctors has revealed they think pressure on Accident and Emergency units could be relived by a policy put forward by UKIP in it’s 2015 manifesto.

    UKIP pledged to introduce a pilot programme in English hospitals to put GPs on duty in A&E seven days a week and, if it succeeded in easing the burden on A&E staff by freeing them up to treat seriously ill patients more successfully, rolling it out across the country.

    “This policy isn’t rocket science; it’s common sense,” says Suzanne Evans, UKIP’s NHS Champion. “UKIP pledged in our last manifesto to train and deploy 8,000 more GPs, and promised to install around 1,000 of them in A&E departments. The government needs to put this idea in train now. At the very least it should be prioritised for as soon as we leave the EU, when vital funding for the NHS is released as we are freed from our membership fees.”

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  • Margot Parker calls for pressure to be put on Saudi government to stop shocking treatment of children

    SetHeight500-Margot-3.jpgMargot Parker, UKIP’s women and equalities spokesman, has called for pressure to be put on Saudi Arabia to stop its horrendous treatment of children.

    She said: “We have heard this week that the United Nations has called on the country to repeal laws which allow the stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children.

    “It’s scarcely believable that, in 2017, we are even discussing such atrocities. Children older than 15 are still tried as adults and experts also said the Saudi government still does not recognise girls as full subjects, with male guardianship imposed on them.

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  • UKIP Defence spokesman calls for investment in UK defence industry

    download.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence spokesman, believes the slide in the value of the pound is just the spur needed for the government to boost the UK Defence industry and Buy British. With value of sterling against the dollar down to just $1.22, from a previous level of $1.51, Mr Etheridge believes this gives the UK based producers a clear advantage.

    Robert Fox, someone so committed to the Remain campaign that he was signing a petition for a re-run of the Referendum a mere two days after the country had voted in June last year, has written in today’s edition of the London Standard that present contracts to buy fighters, helicopters and the Trident missile system have now reached an eye-watering £200m. Doubts about Boeing’s F-35 fighter have thrown the plans to equip Britain’s new aircraft carriers into disarray.

    Mr Etheridge, the UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, said “There has always been a strategic argument for self-sufficiency as regards our Defence industry. No clearer example can be found that the case of the new HMS Queen Elizabeth and the HMS Prince of Wales where we have not got the capacity to make the aircraft to equip our own ships.

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  • Ray Finch becomes Leader of the UKIP MEP delegation

    RayFinchHOD.jpgUKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, "I'm delighted that Ray Finch MEP has become the head of the UK EFDD Delegation in the European Parliament. As a former Chief Whip of the delegation he knows the job intimately and will provide his customary good sense and leadership. This will be a very important role moving forward as Britain negotiates its Brexit terms by ensuring that our excellent team of UKIP MEPs hold both the European parliament and the Government to account".

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  • Goodbye Sir Ivan – welcome Nigel Farage?

    gerard.jpgGerard Batten MEP, UKIP's Brexit spokesman has welcomed the resignation of the the UK's Ambassador to the EU, and has made a suggestion for his replacement.

    “UKIP welcomes the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers as the UK’s Ambassador to the EU.

    “Sir Ivan had done the decent thing and stood down from an untenable position. If Mrs May were serious about leaving the EU she would have removed him long before.

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  • The Aid budget is being abused, whilst those at home suffer

    bigpic.jpgFollowing the scandalous revelations that the Government has been giving £1bn of taxpayers cash direct to individuals in Pakistan, Lisa Duffy, the UKIP Aid spokesman said,

    "It is impossible to justify that over the last five years over £1bn of our foreign aid budget has been given away in cash. This is just one example of where the UK taxpayers’ money is not being used wisely, we in UKIP are calling for the foreign aid budget to be reduced by £9bn, freeing up resources for the priorities of the British people such as Adult social care. The foreign aid budget should be spent on prioritizing emergency aid, health and inoculation programs and initiatives that provide sanitation and clean water.

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  • Train Fare Rises: Ministers eyes on HS2 rather than the service we need and use

    P1000955-300x225.jpgThe rail fare rises across the country which are hitting the low waged hardest are creating understandable anger the UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour MEP has said,

    UKIP transport spokesman Jill Seymour said: “It’s no surprise that rail travellers are voicing their anger at these inflation-busting price rises. While their ticket prices continue to rise, the standard of customer service they are receiving continues to fall.

    “I have long been advocating the need for extra money to be spent on improving our existing railway infrastructure and updating rolling stock – but there are other ways of paying for it.

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  • We need to build for Britain, not for vested interests

    RayFinch.jpegUKIP's Housing Spokesman Cllr Ray Finch MEP has described the government's 'garden village' plans as "nothing more than an insufficient sticking plaster for the housing crisis in the UK."

    The Hampshire Euro MP and County Councillor said the plans "will have no other effect than to give developers profits and ruin rural areas."

    "This housing crisis is not breaking news: politicians have known we have to build a city the size of Birmingham every couple of years just to keep up with the demand created by mass migration," he said.

    "What UKIP would propose is a policy of council house building on the many available brown field sites so that local people, many of whom have been rotting on council house lists for over a decade, get a chance of an affordable home of their own in the area in which they were born.


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