• 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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  • University of Wolverhampton slammed for its pro-EU letter

    Jill_Seymour.jpgBrexit campaigners have slammed the University of Wolverhampton for issuing a letter to students, urging them to vote for Britain to remain in the European Union.

    West Midlands MEP Jill Seymour, and the chairman of the West Midlands branch of Young Independence, Councillor Thomas Hoof, condemned the university for its ‘shamelessly manipulative and one-sided’ views.

    They claimed the university, which has bases in both Wolverhampton and Telford, should be remaining non-partisan during the campaign.

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  • UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle slams the flying of the EU flag at City Hall today

    PETER.jpgPeter Whittle AM, the UKIP Group leader on the London Assembly has today criticised the flying of the EU flag at City Hall today. This is the first time it has been flown outside City Hall. 

    The usual protocol was to have a Union Flag flanked by two City Hall flags, one of which was occasionally changed during state visits or in solidarity with countries which had suffered terror attacks. 

    Peter Whittle said, "I was amazed today to discover that one of the first acts of Sadiq Khan has been to order the flying of the EU flag from City Hall. He just couldn't wait to display where his true loyalties lie. It is extraordinary.

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  • UKIP Deputy Chairman William Dartmouth calls on the PM to be honest with the British people over Turkey potentially joining the EU

    Darthmouth.jpgUKIP's Deputy Chairman William Dartmouth MEP has today called on Prime Minister David Cameron to be honest with the British people over Turkey potentially joining the European Union.

    "Just a few weeks ago Mr Cameron re-affirmed to the House of Commons his commitment to Turkey joining the EU.

    "But in the past few days  he has dismissed as scaremongering stories that Turkey with its population of 77 million people will be fast tracked into membership" said Mr Dartmouth.

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  • A Queen's speech of a Government at Sea

    PaulNuttall1.jpgPaul Nuttall MEP, the UKIP Deputy Leader poured cold water on today's Queen Speech as "a mixed bag and light on major announcements, clearly the Government's highest priority is pushing for a Remain vote in the impending EU Referendum".

    He said: "It was revealing to examine what didn't made it into the list of Bills announced today, such as the previously much talked about but now dropped Sovereignty Bill.

    "It being dropped from the Government's legislative agenda just goes to show really how much of a con job Cameron's "re-negotiation" has been.

    "There was a big fist of Tory MPs convinced to support Cameron's decision to support the 'Remain' side by promises of a Sovereignty Bill, and they must now feel utterly betrayed by the man they're whipped into cheerleading.

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  • Latest employment figures show we need Brexit to put British workers first

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has said the latest employment statistics "showed why we need Brexit to put British workers first."

    Statistics released today by the ONS showed a dramatic increase in the number of non-UK EU workers active in the UK's labour market.

    "Because of EU enlargement and the free movement of people we have 2.15 million workers from the EU - a huge boon to multinational companies who can exploit the oversupply of labour to keep their wages low but not so good for the parts of Britain with serious unemployment problems.

    "In the north in particular we have black spots for youth unemployment which has a detrimental effect for the whole of society as some even see turning to crime as a career choice.

    "But what does the government and the Westminster elite care when it means they can get cheap nannies and cleaners.

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  • UKIP Commonwealth Spokesman demands recognition of Somaliland on its Independence Day

    On the 25th anniversary of Somaliland's self declared independence, UKIP Commonwealth spokesman James Carver MEP, a supporter and long time advocate of Somaliland's re-recognition on the international stage, has written to Somaliland's President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, their Speaker, Irro Addullahi, and leading community members, to send his best wishes.

    He said, "On this auspicious day I am sending my sincere congratulations to the Somaliland people on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Somaliland independence. I look forward to the re-recognition of Somaliland by the international community, and remain committed to seeing Somaliland take its rightful place in the community of nations".

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  • UKIP response to MigrationWatch report

    steven.jpgSteven Woolfe the UKIP Immigration spokesman has responded to a study by MigrationWatch which points out that in 2014/15, the cost to the Exchequer of immigration was £17 billion, "Ultimately, the British taxpayer will be forced to pick up the bill for our reckless migration policy, as a member of the EU.

    "This report highlights a fundamental problem with the UK's migration policy in the EU, that only UKIP have been addressing. Some EU migrants make a net fiscal contribution, but this is offset by those who don't. Therefore the contribution made by some EU migrants is null and void. Whilst members of the EU, we do not have the ability to control the number of migrants coming into the UK, and until we do, we can not sufficiently plan and manage our future public services.

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  • What’s changed your mind Michael?

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour MEP has today responded to Michael O’Leary for comments he made in his recent interview on Sky News where he said that “Low air fares are a result of our membership of the single market”. But in a speech in 2011 Michael said “We all need to get the bloody hell out of Europe”.

    Mrs Seymour said “It is important to remember the EU and the Single Market are two very different things. Political Union does nothing to keep our air fares low and Michael has said that in the past, on numerous occasions, so why the change of heart?”

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  • Business leaders want freedom

    Margot_Parker.jpgUKIP’s small business spokesman Margot Parker hailed business leaders who have called on Britain to vote to leave the EU.

    The UKIP MEP for the East Midlands agreed with bosses who penned a letter saying the UK’s competitiveness was undermined by our membership.

    Margot said: “It’s a welcome boost to the campaign to leave – these business leaders are saying what we in UKIP have been saying – that our businesses aren’t free to operate while being strangled by red tape and EU dictats.

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