• Mike Hookem has slammed a petition calling for an end to the subsidies paid to Drax power station

    MikeHookam.jpgYorkshire & North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem has slammed a petition calling for an end to the subsidies paid to Drax power station, saying, “If we lose any more power generation capacity in this area, we will all be sat in the dark cooking over a candle.”

    Mr Hookem’s comments come in the wake of a petition that calls on the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to withdraw Drax's renewable energy subsidies, despite the power station converting part of its operation in 2010 to burn biomass as a greener alternative to coal.

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  • Mexico confirms it wants a trade deal with a post Brexit Britain

    WilliamDartmouth.jpgMexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo has made it clear that Mexico would negotiate a new free trade agreement with the UK should its citizens vote to leave the EU in June.

    William Dartmouth MEP, the UKIP Trade spokesman applauded the Mexican approach and said,

    "The statement from Mexico's Foreign Minister demonstrates a simple truth. Nations just like Multilateral institutions, and big business will always prefer what they see to be the status quo. But when that changes they will always adapt to accommodate a new reality.

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  • UKIP demand action to protect the health of London children from the ravages of the worst air pollution in Europe

    PRW_2016_Photo(1).jpgPeter Whittle, UKIP’s London mayoral candidate has expressed his unequivocal support for a public enquiry into Nitrogen Dioxide and air pollution in general and pledged that that if elected he will ensure that a Londonwide enquiry is instigated. Mr Whittle echoed the concerns of London parents who in a recent YouGov poll rated air pollution as the biggest threat to their children saying:

    "Air pollution is London's greatest public health challenge. It's time politicians moved from rhetoric to practical measures. It's literally a matter of life and death for thousands of Londoners."

    Whittle went on to say that if elected his London wide enquiry would include an investigation into the full impact of air pollution on the health of Londoners particularly children, the elderly and the chronically ill.

    “I am ready to take the lead in ensuring that all Londoners can breathe clean air unlike the other establishment parties, UKIP are not about rhetoric, but action. Only a UKIP administration in London will bring immediate and radical counter pollution policies”

    Andrew Charalambous, UKIP Housing and Environment spokesman described as "scandalous" the ongoing failure of the political establishment to address the issue of nitrogen dioxide levels in London.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman writes to the Attorney General to request he looks into the jailing of Falklands Veteran Albert Patterson

    Wright_18Letter18042016-page-001.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has written to the Attorney General to request he looks into the jailing of Falklands Veteran Albert Patterson.

    Mr Hookem, who is also calling on members to sign the petition with the same request, said that Mr Patterson's sentence did not have to be custodial and pointed out that the former special forces operative was out of the country for the SAS weapons amnesty.

    "Mr Patterson is a well known and well respected member of the private security industry now he has left the Armed Forces," wrote Mr Hookem.

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  • Whittle calls for honesty in housing debate

    PETER.jpgLaunching UKIP's London manifesto, Peter Whittle, the Mayoral candidate, was passionate in his vision for a London that works for all Londoners. Citing the spirit and soul of the city he launched into a passionate defence of UKIP's concentration of the impact of uncontrolled immigration on those things that matter most to Londoners, the ongoing housing crisis, congestion on public transport and a general sense of security.

    He was introduced by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and was joined by the UKIP's team of London Assembly candidates, and went on to highlight aspects of the Manifesto.

    UKIP Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle: "There is no point talking about housing unless you address the huge population growth in London, which is rising at 1 million new Londoners per decade, driven almost entirely by migration".

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  • UKIP's London Manifesto 2016

    LondonManifestoFinal(1)-page-001.jpgUKIP has today launched our manifesto for the upcoming London Mayoral and Assembly elections, which you can read and download here.

    This superb manifesto offers new, constructive solutions to the particular problems London faces today, and if there’s one theme that runs through our proposals it’s this: UKIP puts all Londoners first. 600,000 people have left the city in the past decade, not necessarily because they want to, but because they simply can’t afford to live here anymore.

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  • School places shortage fuelled by EU Open Borders

    PaulNuttall.jpgThe increasing shortage of school places will continue relentlessly while the UK remains in the European Union, said UKIP education spokesman Paul Nuttall.

    Commenting on the day that parents receive news of school place allocations Mr Nuttall said that education, housing and health services are all suffering because of our open borders.

    Councils say they will need 336,000 more school places by 2024.

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  • Treasury Report - A political posture not an economic study

    Stevenwoolfe.jpgSteven Woolfe, UKIP’s Finance Spokesmen and member of the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee has commented on the UK Treasury Brexit report:

    "There are three substantial issues which weaken both the credibility and projections in this report from George Osborne and the UK Treasury.

    "First, the mind-set of the people behind it. George Osborne’s views are well known and has always been a political rather than economic Chancellor. This Treasury study is no different, designed not to inform but to achieve a political objective. The report has been produced and released with campaigning considerations and calculations in mind.

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  • UKIP demands fair treatment for SMEs over late payment scandal

    Margot_3.jpgUKIP's Small Business Spokesman Margot Parker has called for action after it is revealed SMEs wait twice as long for invoices to be paid compared with larger companies. The East Midlands MEP, who has ran small businesses herself, said the Government must act after a study by the Asset Based Finance Association showed SMEs waited an average 67 days to be paid last year, compared with 38 for big firms. And according to the report, the gap is growing.

    She said: "There an estimated 5.2m small businesses in the UK, together employing more than 12m people and with a combined turnover of £1.2t - these small businesses are the life-blood of Britain. They are a major contributor to turnover, employing 48 per cent of the workforce and create 85 per cent of all new jobs. We fail to recognise just how crucial they are at our peril - they are the backbone of our economy and the principal driver of our labour market. But successive Governments have simply not done enough to protect and help them.

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  • Migration costs the NHS far more than we ever knew

    LOUISEBOURS.pngRevelations that EU citizens don’t have to prove who they are before receiving free treatment on the NHS shows just how much the National Health Service has become the International Health Service, according to UKIP Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP.

    As the debate on whether the UK should leave or remain in the EU turns its attention to the NHS, a health minister has been forced to admit that GPs and hospitals must treat immigrants even if they do not produce an EU health card and refuse to provide any identification to show their entitlement. The news is a huge boost to those arguing the NHS is suffering as a result of the UK’s membership of the EU. Reacting to the government’s admission, Ms Bours said: “The government have tried to bury this bad news right from the start.

    “It wasn’t even in Cameron’s renegotiation attempts because he clearly didn’t want the public to know that while we are in the EU anyone and everyone can come here, get treatment funded by the UK taxpayer, and then go home again without contributing a single penny to the cost.

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