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  • Government set to maintain sanctions on non-payment of the licence fee

    PRW_2015_Photo_for_electoral_address.jpgUKIP Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle: "I am disappointed to hear that the long awaited Department of Culture, Media and Sport commissioned report conducted by David Perry QC about the future of the licence fee and the penalties for non-payment is likely to recommend the continuation of the current system which disproportionately affects the poor and women.

    "UKIP has for many years advocated the decriminalisation of non-payment of the licence fee and we were the first party to take that position. Further to that our Leader in the House of Lords, Lord Pearson, put forward a Bill to decriminalise non payment of the licence fee last year and we went into the General Election this year with a manifesto commitment to do the same with a view to it's reduction.

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  • Steven Woolfe responds to the Home Secretary’s statement on the crisis at Calais

    StevenWoolfe_(1).jpegSteven Woolfe UKIP’s Migration spokesman responding to the Home Secretary’s statement in the House of Commons on the ‘crisis’ at the French Port of Calais:

    “At last the government seems to be waking up to the crisis in the Port of Calais that is affecting not only food imports into the UK but also major road arteries in Kent and beyond. But the Home Secretary’s statement is short on implementing the two critical things that will make a real difference in both stopping illegal immigration into the UK from Calais and making travel through the Port safer for British holiday makers and lorry drivers.

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  • Nigel Farage's statement on Greece

    farage-quote-beinggreek-share.pngUKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "If I were a Greek politician I would vote against this deal. If I were a Greek 'no' voter I would be protesting in the streets. Mr Tsipras's position is now at stake. This conditional deal shows that national democracy and membership of the Eurozone are incompatible."

     

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  • UKIP Housing Spokesman condemns George Osborne's plans

    Andrew-Charalambous-1.jpgNo government has presided over such wholesale destruction of the great British countryside and green belt as the present one. This is another 'stealth tactic' to unleash inappropriate residential developments on our already besieged green and pleasant land.

    UKIP Housing Spokesman Andrew Charalambous has called for the government to "put together a clear, viable and co-ordinated brownfield strategy to bring our country out of the spiralling housing crisis".

    "The government will now fast track major infrastructure projects including mega housing developments. Charalambous went on to say "we are determined to give people back power over the communities they live in. We will introduce planning referenda which will mean local residents and not big business decides how the communities we live in should look like".

     

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  • UKIP attack secretive EU-funded payments to anonymous political groups in North Africa and the Middle East

    jimcarver.jpeg"The European Union is in no position to lecture anyone on democracy" says UKIP Commonwealth Spokesman James Carver MEP after the Parliament overwhelmingly voted for the 'European Endowment for Democracy (EED)'.

    Closely linked to the European Neighbourhood policy, a €15.4 billion attempt to interfere in such unstable and unfriendly countries as Syria and Libya, the EED is used to allegedly promote democracy far beyond the EU's borders.

    James Carver MEP said, "The European Union is in no position to lecture anyone on democracy. On Wednesday, we saw yesterday the disgusting way Mr Tsipras, an elected leader, was treated by the euro fanatics. Before wasting away millions of pounds preaching about democracy, Juncker & Co need to have a long hard look in the mirror."

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  • Jane Collins MEP – “Goddard inquiry must examine child abuse at every level”

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP MEP, Jane Collins has warned that the independent Goddard inquiry into the sexual abuse of children must be extended to go from the very top, to the very bottom of society in order to “stop the pervasive evil of child sex abuse that lurks in our midst.”

    Ms Collins, who has campaigned for action against child abusers since becoming an MEP, said, “While I welcome the start of the independent inquiry after two false starts, its scope must be all encompassing and go from the very top of society, to the very bottom. Only then will we be able to start to tackle the endemic levels of child abuse in the UK.”

    “I would also like to see the inquiry given an investigation team that has the power to interview suspects under caution and gather evidence for future criminal prosecutions.”

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  • Under pressure from massive public campaign, MEPs vote to keep Freedom of Panorama

    Blacked_out_London-Eye-2009-300x200.jpgToday in the European Parliament, MEPs voted to reject an amendment to the Reda Report on Copyright which would have stopped people taking photographs of their favourite public monuments.

    UKIP MEPs today opposed the amendment at the European Parliament which could have forced photographers in the UK to get permission to use pictures of public monuments and buildings such as the Angel of the North and the Cardiff Millennium Stadium.

    Jean -Marie Cavada, the French MEP who was pushing the now rejected amendment is an ally in the European Parliament of the LibDems. He is also head of the European Movement France, an organisation in part-funded by the EU to lobby for an increase in powers for Brussels. His counterpart in the European Movement UK is Laura Sandys, a former Conservative MP.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman hits out at the “hidden” details of the Chancellor’s 2% of GDP budget promise to meet NATO spending pledge

    MikeHookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has branded the Chancellor’s budget promise to meet the 2% of GDP NATO defence spending commitment for the rest of the decade, “an utter charade” and “nothing short of devious”.

    Mike’s comments come after a closer examination of the budget text revealed the Government is counting the money spent on the intelligence and security services as defence spending to meet its NATO pledge.

    Mike, who has been warning of Conservative attempts to fudge the defence spending figures for a number of months, said, “For all the Chancellor’s bravado in parliament today, his promises on defence have already proved absolutely worthless and nothing short of devious. This is just another attempt to hoodwink the British people into thinking the Tories are taking our defence seriously, when the opposite is true.”

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  • UKIP responds to Osborne's Budget

    Many of the themes in this budget are reflective of principles UKIP laid out in the party’s general election manifesto, the only fully costed and most praised policy document during the campaign. Yet without bold commitments to scrap EU contributions, the HS2 vanity project and significantly reducing foreign aid, this government simply is not restoring fiscal responsibility to the country at a rate that we find acceptable.

    Deficit reduction is still too slow. The deficit will still be running at £70bn this year, a rate that is still far too high, and means we will not get into surplus until 2019 or 2020.

    We strongly oppose scrapping the student maintenance grant and replacing it with a loan. Once again this shows a typical Tory adherence to the class system that simply fails to recognise why young people from low income backgrounds need financial support in order to compete. 

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  • UKIP’s Jane Collins MEP slams Osborne for “giving to workers with one hand, while taking more back with the other.”

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP’s Jane Collins MEP has slammed George Osborne for, “Giving to low paid workers with one hand, while taking more back with the other.”

    Ms Collins, UKIP’s employment spokesman, said, “The Tories have done little more than raise the minimum wage today through their compulsory National Living Wage announcement, while at the same only raising the income tax threshold by £200.

    "I very much doubt many of the UK’s six million lowest paid workers will feel much better off when all of today's measures are felt in their April 2016 wage packet.  In fact, I fear these measures could in some cases force people currently in work, back onto benefits, particularly a withdrawal rate which means a tax credit recipient on the lowest tax bracket will face an effective marginal tax rate of 80%.

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