• Report on Migrant effects shows Government’s housing and economic policies caught in ‘vicious circle'

    StevenWoolfe_(1).jpegNearly half of all new homes built in England in the next five years are needed to cope with the influx of migrants, official figures have suggested. The Government have forecast that high levels of net immigration will lead to the creation of 95,000 new households a year. But ministers have only set a target of building 1 million new homes in England by 2020, equivalent to 200,000 a year. This suggests that almost half will be needed to help accommodate the expected arrival of 217,000 migrants annually.

    UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe commented: “It seems that not a day goes by when the facts of real life encroach upon the Government’s fantasy views and policy response to the uncontrolled number of migrants who come to settle in the UK each and every day. Of course, we know from yesterday’s National Audit Office report exposing the huge holes in the UK’s Border Control IT systems, that the government doesn’t actually know how many legal and illegal migrant enter the UK each year. Nonetheless, today’s analysis of ‘official’ net migration statistics, shows that the government’s housing policies, like its overall public expenditure plans are caught up in a vicious circle of having to welcome additional migrant labour into the UK in order to build homes for the burgeoning migrant population already here.

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  • EU decision leaves UK jobs at risk

    DianeJames.jpgEU regulators have rejected a a request by Britain's competition authority to examine Hutchison Whampoa's £10.3 billion bid for British mobile unit O2. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had said it was more qualified than the EU enforcer to scrutinize Hutchison's bid to create the biggest mobile operator in Britain by merging its Three UK unit with Telefonica's 

    Dianes James MEP expressed incredulity about yet another EU interference in UK affairs, “Yet again the EU has decided to push its weight around and interfere in a purely British matter. The EU has overruled the UK in the regulation of a multi-billion pound takeover of a British firm – an EU decision that could threaten hundreds of jobs.

    “Given adequate competition between operators, which the UK has, this takeover would improve scale and drive prices down for consumers. Normally one would expect that a decision like this would best be made by the country affected by such a huge business transaction, and by the people who knew the market place best. In fact, that was the claim made by the UK Government.

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  • The tide in Europe is turning against the European Union

    WI2D5I3N.jpgExit polls suggest that Danish voters have voted against adopting EU rules strengthening cross-border policing. An exit poll released by the TV2 news station showed 52.8% of Danes voted No whilst another exit poll, from the DR station, showed 53.3% voted against the proposals. The result of the referendum will determine whether Denmark will have closer ties with the European Union or continue a decades-old opt-out from justice affairs that would end ties with Europol. The vote comes as the European law-enforcement agency is preparing to increase its role in fighting terrorism.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage welcomed the news saying: "Congratulations to the Danish people for rejecting Europol and the EU's criminal justice system unlike Theresa May who opted us back in.

    "The tide in Europe is turning against the European Union and I'm delighted to see the "No" side triumph in this referendum. The campaign logo "More EU – No Thanks" is a concept I am 100 percent behind and I can only hope that the British people show the same level of judgement and sound mind in our referendum.

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  • Borderless Britain destined to get worse

    StevenWoolfe_(1).jpegThe National Audit Office says cost of beleaguered 'e-borders' anti-terror project will spiral to at least £1.1 billion amid concern over unstable security computer systems in a report out today. The IT system designed to stop terrorists and criminals getting into Britain is breaking down twice a week amid a £1 billion fiasco at the Home Office. The project is supposed to count every traveller in and out of Britain – begun under Labour in 2003 - has already cost £830 million and further fixes will cost another £275 million.

    UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said: “Last year UKIP spoke up about the urgency needed to rectify the appalling mess that the Home Office has made of the IT systems that help secure our country’s borders. Even in the last year of the last parliament Theresa May and David Cameron were content to blame the previous Government which commissioned the border control IT system.

    By all accounts the Coalition government started to change the specification for this installation when it realised that it had created Borderless Britain through its support of the free EU movement of people principles. As specced the system could not distinguish between EU and non-EU citizens! Now this report from the NAO shows that neither Cameron nor May have a grip on rectifying problems with these critical systems that count how many people enter and leave our country.

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  • Rewarding Turkish blackmail is a dangerous game

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has today spoken in the European Parliament about ISIS and the prospect of Turkey joining the European Union. Watch the barnstorming speech by clicking below!


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  • Disgraceful phone signal making Welsh roads highly dangerous

    Jill_Seymour.jpegThe lack of a mobile phone signal on more than 750 miles of Welsh roads has been slammed as ‘unacceptable and potentially dangerous’ by two of UKIP’s front-benchers. Transport spokesman Jill Seymour, and the party’s MEP for Wales, Nathan Gill, were responding to a report from the RAC Foundation which named Powys, Gwynedd and Ceredigion among areas in the UK with the worst coverage.

    Jill Seymour MEP, said: “In this technology-driven day and age, it is simply unacceptable for any part of the UK to have to put up with such a widespread lack of mobile phone coverage. Not only is this unnecessary, but it is potentially dangerous, because drivers assume they will be able to use their mobiles if they break down, or have an accident.

    “In Wales, however, the reality is clearly quite different, and people may only discover this when it is too late. As the RAC Foundation rightly says, most of us like to think we are always just a mobile phone call away from help. But even in a crowded, high-tech country like Britain this is clearly not the case. ”

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  • New HS2 timetable is another kick in the teeth for campaigners

    Jill_Seymour.jpegPlans to accelerate the construction of the HS2 railway project have been described as a massive kick in the teeth for campaigners, by UKIP’s Transport spokesman.

    Jill Seymour MEP accused Chancellor George Osborne of ruthlessly refusing to even acknowledge the views of objectors as he ploughs ahead with the multi-billion pound project.

    “How is it that the Government can find an extra £13 billion for this enormous project over the next five years, and yet is stubbornly refusing to adequately compensate families living along the proposed HS2 route, whose lives are being torn apart?” she asked.

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  • 8 percent fall in cost of living the reward for abandoning EU protectionism

    In a debate on the state of play of the Doha Development Agenda UKIP's Trade Spokesman William Dartmouth MEP made the argument that the reward for leaving the EU and escaping EU protectionism would be a 8 percent fall in the cost living, as calculated by the Cardiff business school and Professor Patrick Minford.

    William Dartmouth said, "EU protectionism hurts and harms consumers in the European Union itself. Consumers here have to pay the hyped and inflated European Union price for food instead of the world price. Professor Patrick Minford and his colleagues at Cardiff Business School have calculated that the cost of this to the UK consumer is 8 % of the cost of living. It follows that on Brexit, the cost of living in the UK would be reduced by 8%."

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  • The NHS needs emergency treatment

    LOUISEBOURS.pngHospital Accident and Emergency departments are in need of emergency treatment as the country heads towards on of the coldest winters in decades – according to UKIP’s Health spokesman Louise Bours MEP.

    The comments came following a fresh report out today from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, that A and E problems are on the rise and ‘the worst is yet to come’. The report showed that only 88% of patients arriving at A and E were being seen within the four hours, while the target is set at 95% and that one-in-five beds were occupied by patients that were well enough to leave but were prevented by there being a lack of community services care to look after them after discharge. The report is of particular concern because of the rate of decline in the service. In October 92% of patients were being seen within the four hour target, whereas just one month later the figure has dropped by 4%.

    Louise Bours MEP, UKIP’s Health spokesman said: “This is extremely worrying news as we go into what is expected to be a very cold winter. The government say they are throwing money at the NHS but they forget they have been in power for over 5 years, letting it get into this state.

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  • EUseless: A view from the mad house

    EUSeless.jpgExamples of “hot air” politics and useless committees in the European Parliament have been laid bare in a new booklet by Louise Bours MEP. As polls show a majority of British people want to leave the European Union, Ms Bours, who represents the North West region, has now made her EUseless: A view from the mad house publication available as a free download.

    In it, the UKIP Health Spokesman highlights the activities of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). Ms Bours, a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy in the European Parliament, said: “All politicians are accused of spouting hot air, but in the parliament in Brussels it’s like a furnace.

    “While not every conversation that takes place there is entirely without merit, very often it invokes Nero fiddling while Rome burns.

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