• Watch Brexit in Plymouth: William Dartmouth joined by David Owen

    willowen.pngUKIP MEP William Dartmouth was joined by the former British Foreign Secretary, Lord Owen, to push the Brexit cause in Plymouth on Friday.

    Lord Owen, the one-time Labour MP and SDP founder, told the audience at the city's Holiday Inn: 

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  • Motor Neurone disease diagnoses must improve says Louise Bours

    Louise_Bours_MEP.jpgImprovements are needed to the ways in which people are diagnosed with motor neurone disease, says Ukip health spokesman Louise Bours.

    The BBC reports today (link below) that 1 in 5 of those with MND had to wait up to a year before seeing a brain specialist.

    Such delays stop sufferers getting early care, says a report by the MND Association, which collected data from 900 patients.

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  • 675 milion more reasons to leave the EU

    jonathan_arnott_1.jpgFigures showing that the European Union lost an estimated £675m to fraud last year is 675m more reasons why the UK should leave, said UKIP MEP and EU Budgetary Spokesman Jonathan Arnott today.

    “The fact that the figure lost is only 0.6% of the EU budget demonstrates how monstrously huge and bloated the bloc has become and this situation will only get worse,” said Mr Arnott.

    Details from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) show that many of the 1,400 bogus claims investigated were from the poorer countries of Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

    “It is all very well saying that the payments to dishonest claimants has fallen by £10m compared to the previous year, it is still a lot of taxpayers money.

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  • UKIP criticises the agreement between the European Commission and tech firms Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft to tackle hate speech online

    IMG_6165.jpgUKIP Culture Spokesman and London Assembly member Peter Whittle said: "In recent times, we have seen a number of disturbing developments, of which this is just the latest, which undermine the precious value of freedom of speech upon which our democracy is based.

    "The nebulous and vague language used in this European Commission drafted Code of Conduct combined with the cultural differences across the EU, which are so stark, makes me fear that genuine free speech and the holding of sincere and honest beliefs, such as being opposed to creation of a European supranational state, could lead to such opinions being removed from the internet under the flimsiest of pretences.

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  • Only outside the EU can we decide British laws on alcohol labelling

    Louise_Bours_MEP.jpgIt has been reported that lobbyists are having an influence on official alcohol safety limits. But the EU has banned minimum alcohol pricing and just objected to Ireland introducing alcohol labelling laws.
    Responding UKIP Health spokeswomen Louise Bours MEPs said:"Anybody worried about the influence of lobbyists should come to Brussels where there are 15,000 of them working for mainly large corporations.

    "But an even more important issue before we ask is a specific law good or bad,  is the question of 'Who finally decides the law?'

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  • Albanian migrants in Kent must be sent back to France

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpg"It is essential that a clear message is sent that no migrant arriving on our shores by boat is allowed leave to remain", said UKIP Leader Nigel Farage this morning.

    "The spectacle of boats crossing the channel must be avoided. If we do not make it absolutely clear, we are likely to find the English Channel becoming a mortuary as economic migrants take to its unpredictable waters in unseaworthy vessels.

    "We can all applaud the work done to save lives by the coastguard, RNLI and the border agency in this instance. But with thousands of miles of coastline, and severely restricted resources, it would be grossly irresponsible and inhumane if we gave the impression that coming to the UK by boat would lead to asylum or permanent leave to remain.

    "We have all seen the horrors of the Mediterranean, with thousands crossing and hundreds dying, we cannot allow that to happen off the shores of Kent and Sussex. We could see a migrant crisis coming to the shores of UK if we remain in the European Union.

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  • European Parliament vote against reduced Tampon Tax

    Louise_Bours200.jpgThe EU parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons as part of a vote on the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality report, "Poverty: a gender perspective".

    There was a separate vote on paragraph 39 of the report which said: "39. Stresses that taxation policies have a gender dimension; calls, therefore, on the Commission to promote best practice on taxation policies that takes gender impact into account and furthers gender equality, particularly in terms of taxation of household income, which in some cases can subject lower earners to higher rates of taxation, including VAT, also by introducing a reduced VAT rate for goods that are essential for women, such as tampons;"

    This was rejected by a show of hands, as can be seen at 11:15 in this video.

    UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels: "The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year. And now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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  • UKIP London Assembly Member David Kurten responds to the latest immigration figures

    DavidKurtenWeb.jpgDavid Kurten AM responding to the immigration figures said,

    "With net immigration now hitting 333,000 per year, it is clear that the present government has no plan to reduce immigration to sustainable levels. London is in the midst of a serious housing crisis and the transport network, primary schools, surgeries and hospitals are bursting at the seams.

    "With the population of London now expected to grow by another million in the next 8 years, the situation and quality of life for Londoners will continue to deteriorate. In the Mayor’s question time yesterday, the new Mayor refused to commit to building 80,000 homes per year as was reportedly in his manifesto.

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  • UKIP response to latest immigration figures

    Nigel_Farage.jpegNet migration to Britain has increased to the second highest level on record, official figures reveal. The figure - the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving - was estimated at 333,000 for the year ending December 2015. This was 10,000 higher than the level recorded in the year to September. Net migration of EU citizens was estimated at 184,000 - up compared to the previous year when it stood at 174,000, and the joint highest figure on record.

    Statisticians said the apparent increase in EU net migration was largely due to a rise in net migration of citizens from Bulgaria and Romania, from 44,000 to 58,000.

    Responding to the latest immigration figures UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said, "Mass immigration is still hopelessly out of control and set to get worse if we Remain inside the EU, going on with disastrous open borders. However, I don't believe these official figures and I'm sure the real numbers are much higher."

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  • UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle - Education is not enough, police prosecutions needed to stamp out the appalling practice of FGM

    PWWEBFGM.jpgToday at his first Mayor's Question Time at City Hall UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle asked the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, about the prospect of bringing about the prosecution of the perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) and asked whether he would ensure that the Metropolitan Police Service bring to bear the full force of the law on the perpetrators of this appalling practice.

    In his question Peter Whittle noted that between 2009 and 2014, 4,000 women and girls in London were treated for FGM, yet, despite being a crime, of which there is a much increased public awareness, there has yet to be a successful prosecution.

    Replying to Peter Whittle's question the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan agreed with Peter that that it was disappointing that there has been no successful prosecution and that it was a form of violence against women and girls. In his reply he said that education would be the most effective tool to deal with the issue of FGM.

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