• Business rates are a tax on the entrepreneurial spirit

    bigpic.jpgSmall businesses are being hammered by local government according to Government research. Official forecasts claim that Councils are coining in on the back of local businesses to the tune of £23.5bn per year.

    This comes only days after the CBI has warned the new policy on business rate in local government could see companies being squeezed to the point of collapse.

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  • UKIP oppose the Third Thames Crossing in Thurrock

    Jill_Seymour_(1).jpegJill Seymour MEP, UKIP's Transport Spokesman has called on the government to reject the proposed third Thames Crossing in Thurrock. She is the first national figure from any of the major political parties to call for the Thames Crossing proposal to be scrapped.

    UKIP Transport Spokesman, Jill Seymour MEP said: "Air pollution in Thurrock is already appalling high. According to Government statistics, 6% of deaths are attributed to air pollution and these proposals are only likely to worsen the situation.

    "Thurrock's roads network is already over stretched, in many cases the increases in traffic is putting Thurrock in a dangerous position if emergency services are required to cross the borough quickly.

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  • European Commission intervention in Libya could become EU’s Vietnam


    UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has slammed moves by the EU to put European “boots on the ground” in Libya, saying, “involvement in this conflict will be used as a clarion call for the creation of a combined EU army”, but that it was more likely to be the “EU’s Vietnam”.

    Mr Hookem’s comments come after a secret EU document was leaked to Vice Alps and Wikileaks, which spelled out how the EU planned to expand ‘Operation Sophia’ in order to move ‘EU military assets' into Libyan waters and which could eventually include putting ‘EU troops’ on the ground.

    Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “We know from internal EU briefings that we are already at stage one of these proposals and that stages two and three are established, but not yet approved.”

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  • ONS figures reveal the real impact of uncontrolled EU migration

    Margot_11_(1).jpgONS figures reveal the extent by which British workers are put under pressure by continued uncontrolled EU migration. The employment figures show graphically that 50% of new jobs created in the last year went were taken by people not born in the UK. Even more revealing is that 90% of those jobs were taken by EU nationals.

    Margot Parker MEP, UKIPs Small Business spokesman said, "Recent figures show that despite a slow increase in wages across the board three groups have not seen an improvement in a decade. Young people, the low waged and the BME community. Its is these groups, already at the bottom of the pile that are suffering from migration, and particularly uncontrolled low skilled migration from the European Union".

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  • Bill Etheridge blasts “appalling” deal for the UK

    etheridge.jpgWest Midlands UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge launched another broadside at the EU following the release of figures from the Regional Development Committee on which he sits.

    The accounts show that between 2008 and 2015, the UK was awarded interim payments of just €4.3bn, in comparison to Poland who received a whopping €48bn. Estonia, a country of little more than 1.3 million people, saw investments in excess of €21bn.

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  • UKIP Employment Spokesman responds to the latest UK Labour Market Statistics

    jane-collins.jpgResponding to the latest UK Labour Market Statistics, UKIP Employment Spokesman Jane Collins pointed to the "obvious and transparent discrimination against British workers" which has been taking place in the UK jobs market.

    "For years now companies have been actively recruiting Eastern European workers for UK jobs, offering relocation packages and accommodation for work in sectors from health care to building.

    "On the UK government's own website we see this discrimination taking place, with painters and decorators expecting to speak Polish or estate agents in Yorkshire needing to speak Romanian. To openly specify workers from that country would be illegal but to ask for language fluency isn't.

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  • Officials forced to act over job ads that exclude Britons

    express-467265.jpgA foreign jobs row erupted after dozens of vacancies on a Government-backed recruitment site required applicants to speak Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Russian. Agencies are free to advertise for work with language requirements where it is "necessary for the role". But an investigation by the Daily Express found companies were actively seeking security guards, cleaners, customer service advisors and teaching assistants fluent in languages other than English. One advert on the Universal Jobmatch site even stressed it was "essential" an experienced painter and decorator was able to converse in Polish.

    After being made aware of a string of adverts which appeared to put against British workers at a disadvantage the Department for Work and Pensions said: "We are looking into the cases and will contact employers where necessary."

    UKIP Employment Spokesman Jane Collins MEP who has been involved with the Daily Express investigation since the beginning said: "The EU wants all member states to be one big job market and that is why we see jobs for 'Romanian speakers' or painters and decorators who must speak Polish.

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  • UKIP Northern Ireland Statement on Bombardier job losses

    McNarry.jpegCommenting on the disappointing announcement from Bombardier Belfast today that they are to cut 580 jobs this year and up to 500 further jobs next year, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, David McNarry MLA said:

    "The job losses at bombardier is devastating news for the workers and their families. The first Minister and the Enterprise Minister should have their tickets booked now to fly straight to Bombardier Head Office and see exactly what this companies intentions are in Northern Ireland.

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  • Peter Whittle's interview in the Metro

    Read UKIP's London Mayoral Candidate Peter Whittle's two page interview in yesterday's Metro on overcrowded trains, free culture and the best place for a (very mild) curry.FullSizeRender.jpg

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  • EU Army biggest threat to the security of the Falklands - UKIP Defence Spokesman speaks out after Defence Secretary visits the Falklands

    MH_Navy_lrg.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has today said that the biggest threat to the security of the Falkland Islands was the continued push for the creation of a combined EU army, which “some groups” in the European parliament are pushing for by 2025.

    Mr Hookem’s comments come after the defence secretary Michael Fallon stated during a visit to the islands yesterday, that the biggest threat to the Falklands security was Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

    Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “While Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas on defence and security have the potential to seriously damage to the scope of action and capability of the UK’s armed forces, the creation of a combined EU army would leave the Falkland Islands wide open for the Argentinians to simply walk back in.”

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