• Crime is not a lifestyle option - UKIP Police and Crime Commissioner Manifesto 2016

    EMBARGOED_TILL_1100_ON_11_MARCH_-_UKIP_PCC_Manifesto_2016-page-001.jpgUKIP's 2016 PCC Manifesto was launched today at an event by many of our PCC candidates from across England and Wales with support from UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, UKIP Deputy Chairman and Home Affairs Spokesman Diane James MEP as well as Peter Whittle, UKIP's London Mayoral candidate.

    UKIP Police & Crime Commissioners will:

    - Record all crime and improve ease of reporting
    - Be visible, approachable and alert to the communities they serve
    - Invest in locally appropriate initiatives in accordance with community issues including Zero Tolerance
    - Incorporate cost-effective adoption of new technology
    - Ensure more representation of the community on key policing issues and communication between the police and people
    - Guarantee transparency and scrutiny through accountability and performance reporting of the police in compliance with an agreed Local Police & Crime Plan

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  • UKIP Police and Crime Commissioner campaign launched outside the Home Office today

    policeUKIP.jpgToday saw the launch of UKIP's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) launch outside the Home Office in Westminster this morning. It was attended by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, UKIP’s Home Affairs Spokesman and Deputy Chairman responsible for Justice Diane James MEP and some of UKIP's PCC candidates from across England and Wales. In addition Peter Whittle, UKIP's London Mayoral candidate attended in support of the campaign.

    Pictured are:

    Back row: Henry Bolton OBE, (Kent), Lester Taylor (Dorset), Michael Whitehead (Humberside), Mark Hughes (Hertfordshire), Victoria Ayling (Lincolnshire), Simon Tobin (Suffolk).

    Front Row: David Moreland (Norfolk), Jonathan Smith (Devon and Cornwall), Diane Jame MEP, Nigel Farage,  Simon Wall (North Wales), Roy Swales (Hampshire), Peter Jewell (West Mercia), Patrick Lowe (Sussex), Julia Searle (Surrey), and Peter Whittle (London Mayor candidate).

    Speaking afterwards, Diane James said, “UK residents quite rightly place their trust in the UK police force. It is the most visible and expected “Responsive” point of contact to whom the public turns when it sees, or regretfully experiences, a crime be it anti-social behaviour, burglary, fraud, sexual or other form of personal attack.

    “Taxpayers also rightly expect their police forces to allocate their resources, including finance, to the most pressing needs of communities ensuring that all are protected from crime however it might manifest itself, whilst addressing the new challenges and responsibilities set by the Home Secretary.

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  • Scientific research will be boosted by Brexit

    Julia_ReidRESIZE.jpgUKIP's Science Spokesman Dr Julia Reid MEP, who is a research biochemist by profession, has dismissed as scaremongering a round robin letter from Stephen Hawking and 150 academics about the impact on scientific research in the UK of a 'Leave' vote in the referendum.
    In the letter, published by The Times, Mr Hawking and the others claim "If the UK leaves the EU, and there is a loss of freedom of movement of scientists between the UK and Europe, it will be a disaster for UK science and universities."
    In response Dr Reid said, "This is a facile argument because long before the UK joined the Common Market, and before the implementation the of EU's Single Market policy, there was always free movement of scientists throughout Europe and the world.  If anything the UK's current immigration policy, driven by the large numbers of EU citizens coming from Eastern Europe, mean that we discriminate against the young talented scientists who wish to come to the UK from the rest of the world.
    "I am astonished at the content of this letter that has appeared in The Times.  Clearly, these academics fail to recognise that the EU is a failed experiment.

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  • Is Cameron the new Nick Clegg?

    william_d.jpgResponding to the Prime Minister's speech this afternoon UKIP Trade Spokesman and Deputy Chairman William Dartmouth MEP said: “I counted at least five blatant falsehoods. Project fear has become project false.

    "The PM mentioned quotas on UK goods exported to the EU on Brexit. This is against WTO rules. The Prime Minister needs to clarify what he means by this this.

    "Once again, he rolled out the old Liberal Democrat line of “3 million jobs”, this has been debunked time and time again, is he suggesting therefore that all trade would cease on Brexit? Is David Cameron the new Nick Clegg?".

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  • That the world's biggest Sovereign Wealth fund has no fear of Brexit is no surprise

    The massive £580bn Norwegian Sovereign Wealth fund has today stated confidence in a post EU Britain. Its boss Yngve Slyngstad said, "We will continue to be a significant investor in the UK at about the same level as we are today and probably even increasing our investments there going forward no matter what happens." This was backed up by the head of the Norwegian Central Bank, Oeystein Olsen who said,  "The fund will remain a long-term investor".

    Christopher Mills, the UKIP Business Spokesman responded, "Most of the entrepreneurial British fund managers know perfectly well that Brexit will have no significant impact on British business and the economy.

    "Similarly they don't have the same conflicts of interest as the big multinational investment banks who receive significant revenues from European governments I seem to remember that it was Goldman Sachs who advised the European Union that Greece could meet its economic criteria".

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  • UKIP responds to Iceland's Prime Minister's comments they would like to have a free trade deal whatever the UK decides to do

    William-(The-Earl-of)-Dartmouth_-United-Kingdom-MIP-Europaparlamentby-Leila-Paul-4.jpgResponding to comments by Iceland's PM Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson that "the UK is one of our most important trading partners and whatever you decide to do we would like to have a free trade deal", UKIP Deputy Chairman and UKIP Trade Spokesman William Dartmouth MEP said,

    "What this demonstrates today is that Project Fear is in fact Project False, the UK would continue to trade profitably after Brexit. It is clear that the world is pragmatic and recognises that the UK is a great place to do business with, the thing is it will be an even better place to do business with when we have the freedom to act in our own interest, after we have voted to Leave the European Union.

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  • Vote remain for political union with Turkey, vote leave if you believe in Britain says Nigel Farage

    Today in the European Parliament UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP accused the EU of being blackmailed by Turkey over the migrant crisis and asserted that the safest option for the British people is to vote leave before Turkey can join the European Union. He was debating the upcoming European Council meeting on March 17th. You can watch his speech here:

    Nigel Farage said: "The historic error made by Chancellor Merkel last year by saying all can come has led directly to this mess and now we are being blackmailed by Turkey. I wish that David Cameron was as good at negotiations as the Turks are."

    "So we are going to go into political union with a country that has got borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria, a country that is poorer than anybody else in the European Union and give free movement to 75 million people. And join up with a government that is increasingly islamist and authoritarian."

    "Well this referendum in Britain is all about what is the safest option. It is pretty clear to me that a vote to remain is a vote for Turkey, a vote to remain is a vote for massively increased immigration into Britain and a vote to remain is a vote that makes Britain more vulnerable to terrorism. It is safer to vote to leave and take back control of our borders."

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman asks Home Secretary: "Why would you prefer criminals to stay in the UK than veterans from the British Army?"

    Mike_Hookem.jpegUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has written to Theresa May asking her to explain the Home Office decision that refused leave to remain to former soldier Semesa Maiyale.

    The former soldier said Mr Maiyale had "proved his dedication to this country after being recruited by the British Army from a Commonwealth country and taking the oath of allegiance to Her Majesty."

    Mr Hookem said that telling a potential recruit they would be entitled to stay in the UK after four years of military service then refusing to let him stay was "beneath the reputation of the United Kingdom."

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  • UKIP Blast Tory Benefit Raid on Britain's Most Vulnerable People

    Tim_hi_res_photo_2015.jpgConservative plans have today passed through the House of Lords which will mean £30 a week benefit cut to the some of the most vulnerable people in society.

    Cllr Tim Aker MEP said: "It is disgusting that the Conservatives have done this when it will do nothing to 'balance the books'.

    "They're still borrowing billions a month and have decided to hurt the most vulnerable whilst continuing to throw money oversees.

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  • UKIP's 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly candidates announced

    David_McNarry.jpgUKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, David McNarry MLA commented on the candidate announcement:

    “Northern Ireland voters will have the opportunity to vote for a strong team of UKIP candidates in May’s Assembly elections. They will have the opportunity to vote for a nationally relevant party, linking Northern Ireland more closely to the great issues of the day in the rest of the United Kingdom. 

    "UKIP is much more than a Party – UKIP is a cause – a very worthwhile cause, which I and many here believe in.  It’s a cause for people and it’s a cause that many are responding to in good faith. 

    "I am very proud of the UKIP Candidates Team asking for a number 1 vote at these Stormont Assembly Elections. A better bunch of dedicated, hardworking and determined people you couldn’t ask for. Our team of candidates offer a politics based on the needs of the people. Your interests are the same as theirs.

    "On May 5th, the people of Northern Ireland will have a chance at REAL Change. UKIP is a genuine alternative to the parties and the politics of old that has continually failed us. 

    "I commend each and every candidate to you. I don’t expect any of them will let you down. That’s the UKIP way - believing in Northern Ireland, believing in the United Kingdom and standing up for ordinary people.”

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