• UKIP London Mayoral candidate backs call for Coin Street Community Builders to refuse permission for the Garden Bridge

    Peter_Whittle.pngUKIP London Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle has backed calls by Kate Hoey MP for Coin Street Community Builders, who own the land on the south bank of the Thames on which the Garden Bridge would be developed, to refuse permission for the project. Coin Street’s permission is the final major step before work on the bridge can start.

    Peter Whittle said, “I have consistently said that the Garden Bridge, which I think is shaping up to be a perfect example of monetisation of public space, should be scrapped as should any other large scale vanity projects. This is a project for the elite rather than for Londoners.

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  • UKIP MEPs highlight unfair 'tampon tax' on International Women's Day

    jane-collins.jpgAfter MEPs shelved a debate on the 'tampon tax' UKIP MEPs are highlighting the hypocrisy of the EU in refusing to allow tampons to be 'zero rated' in Strasbourg today. UKIP MEP Jane Collins asked the Parliament to debate why VAT is levied on sanitary products, pointing out that in its own legislation it is illegal to discriminate against people based on their gender. But the committee of senior MEPs and civil servants refused to allow it to be discussed despite regularly calling for legislation on equality for women.

    "MEPs are clearly terrified that if British women realise the fact they pay tax on essential items like tampons is because of an EU directive it will encourage more of them to vote to leave," said Mrs Collins.
    "We've seen MPs debating this issue in Westminster, voting for someone to 'have a chat' to Brussels about possibly doing something to get rid of VAT on tampons but to no avail: once an item has VAT levied on it then it won't become zero-rated."

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  • The EU has failed women

    UKIP MEP Margot Parker has today outlined how the EU has failed women and is actually helping trafficking and exploitation. The East Midlands MEP, in two speeches to the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, has outlined figures from Eurostat which showed that between 2010 and 2012, more than 30,000 people were trafficked across Europe - 80 per cent of them women

    She spoke on International Women's Day and outlined further statistics from the UK National Crime Agency, revealed in 2014, which show that more than 3,000 people were potential victims of trafficking, up by 21 per cent.

    She said: "These figures are only those reported - the real figures will be horrendously higher.

    "What has all the EU gender legislation, spending and QUANGOs achieved for women? The only people the EU has helped are the cross-border traffickers and criminals because it forces us to have an open door to 27 other countries.

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  • Cllr Peter Reeve is to retain the role of UKIP Local Government spokesman

    Peter_Reeve.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage has announced that Cllr Peter Reeve is to retain the role of UKIP Local Government spokesman.

    Mr Reeve, a long standing County, District and Parish Councillor in Cambridgeshire and supporter of the Grassroots Out campaign, said: "Rumours of my death are slightly premature. I am delighted that Nigel has asked me to continue my role in promoting the policies of the party within local government and building the presence of genuinely independent-minded Councillors throughout the country.

    "We have 4,000 council seats to fight in May and we are looking forward eagerly to the challenge. At a time when local authorities have less power and less money than ever before, but have greater responsibility, it is vital that UKIP Councillors get elected to provide some plain common sense in the the town and county halls of England".

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  • It’s not the EU’s job to regulate British ports

    Jill_Seymour.jpgHands off British ports – that’s the message to European Union officials from UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour. 

    She told the Strasbourg chamber that regulation of port services was neither required, nor wanted, in the United Kingdom. 

    Mrs Seymour was speaking in a debate on ‘market access to port services and financial transparency of ports’ where the EU has been making a third attempt to push through a new directive.

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  • Nathan Gill MEP tops UKIP Wales election result

    Nathan.jpgCllr Piers Wauchope the returning officer has now confirmed the rankings of UKIP candidates in the Welsh regions as follows. "I am pleased to announce that the following have been ranked by a national ballot of UKIP members in Wales on a 58% turnout.

    "In the all Wales vote the top 4 candidates were, in order, Nathan Gill MEP, Mark Reckless, Neil Hamilton and Caroline Jones. "

    Leader in Wales Nathan Gill MEP, who gained the greatest votes across the entire UKIP Wales membership added, “The Welsh membership have now had their say, and I am glad that that our list candidates for the Welsh elections have now been confirmed.

    “Now is the time for all of us to move forward united and to campaign to bring real change to the political establishment in Cardiff Bay. We have a great manifesto and a great message and I look forward to leading the UKIP Wales team from the front in the campaign ahead.”

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  • Freedom of speech is vital for business

    Following the news that the boss of the British Chambers of Commerce, John Longworth has been suspended for expressing the view that Britain would be better off leaving the EU, Christopher Mills, the UKIP business spokesman said,

    "John Longworth may not represent the views of all of his members, however he has a fundamental right, at least for now, to express his views, views which he made clear were his own and not of the BCC.

    "Freedom of speech is vital for the good functioning of both society and business and it shocking that the BCC should threaten his livelihood for expressing a point of view that is accepted by millions of ordinary people in this country

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  • Swiss Government tear up free movement of people with the EU

    william.jpgIn a devastating indictment of the failures of EU migration policies the Swiss Government has placed legislation in its Parliament that will set EU migrant quotas. Currently Switzerland allows EU citizens free access, but this has caused huge problems in Switzerland. In response to this Switzerland unveiled tough draft legislation for unilateral curbs on immigration should it fail to agree with the EU by early next year on limiting the influx of foreigners. They want to have a mutual agreement with the EU, but will act unilaterally if no such agreement is forthcoming.

    William Dartmouth MEP, Trade Spokesman and recently appointed Deputy Chairman commented, "It's a devastating rejection of the EU's free movement of people and the 'In' campaigns assertion that you cannot have free trade without free movement of people.

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  • Tusk's plea too little, too late to stop vast migrant flow

    Diane_James.jpgEuropean Council president, Donald Tusk has told economic migrants to stop coming to Europe in an apparent change of policy or at least tone. Responding UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokesman, and Deputy Party Chairman, Diane James MEP said:

    “This is too little too late to stop the vast migrant flow into Europe. The siren call of Angela Merkel has already gone out and a weak plea by Tusk not to come, will have no impact whatsoever.

    "I would like to know did Tusk consult Angela Merkel before he said this because she certainly didn’t consult anybody before she gave her ‘Come All Ye’. She consulted neither the other heads of national governments nor even her own party in Germany.

    "The numbers of people we are talking about is huge. The European Commission has estimated that 3 million migrants will come to the EU by 2017. This is just another reason why Britain should leave the EU’s political union and take back control of our own borders. As Paris and Cologne incidents have shown there is a huge security risk in this huge wave of immigration."

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  • EU plan to raise duty on e-cigarettes an act of folly

    LouiseBours.pngIn response to news that the European Union is to enforce tax hikes on e-cigarettes to place them in the same duty bracket as tobacco, UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours said: "All this will do is discourage people from vaping, which even Public Health England say is 95% safer than smoking cigarettes.

    "Only 24 hours ago we learned from a study by the University College London that 20,000 people a year give up smoking tobacco and use e-cigarettes instead. They also found that while just 5% of smokers trying to give up without help are actually successful in staying off tobacco, those who vape as an alternative have a 50% success rate of quitting smoking.

    "When you look at those figures and realise how many lives could be being saved, as well as the savings that would bring to the NHS, it makes the EU's idea of raising taxes on potential life-saving devices look like an act of sheer folly.

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