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  • Nigel Farage announces pledge to make St George's Day a Bank Holiday

    Nigel-Farage-england-566852.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage has today announced our election pledge to make St George's Day a Bank Holiday in a public meeting in Cliffsend in South Thanet today

    UKIP believes England should have a new public holiday on April 23, St George’s Day, or the next Monday if it fell on a weekend. In Wales, we propose that March 1 would be a new day off for the country to honour St David.

    Nigel Farage said: “Surely it’s only fair for us to have a day off to celebrate our own patron saints too? England has been denigrated to such a point that English culture isn’t celebrated in the same way as the national cultures of Scotland and Ireland are.

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  • Steven Woolfe on BBC Question Time

    UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe who serves as MEP for the North West of England appeared on BBC's 'Question Time' for the first time last night. Watch the highlights of his appearance here:

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  • Lords Economic Affairs Committee backs UKIP's case against HS2

    CA5bmLFWkAAVwX2.jpgAn influential report condemning the controversial HS2 project was welcomed today by UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP and UKIP Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour MEP.

    The House of Lords Economic Committee's report says that the government has no convincing case for the HS2 project.

    "Hooray for this report which echoes what UKIP has been saying for years - HS2 is a white elephant vanity scheme, which we can neither afford and definitely do not need or want," said Paul Nuttall.

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  • Drivers give warm welcome to UKIP’s latest scrap the tolls protest

    scrap-the-tolls-march-2015-604x270_(1).jpgUKIP today held its latest national day of action against Britain’s toll roads, describing them as ‘highway robbery’. Party activists delivered the message by unfurling huge banners at a series of ‘Scrap The Tolls’ demonstrations on road toll sites across the UK. Shropshire and Staffordshire UKIP members congregated at the Mill Lane Bridge, over the M6 Toll at Cheslyn Hay in the West Midlands.

    UKIP Transport spokesman, Jill Seymour MEP, said drivers were already paying more than enough in taxes to deserve free access to the entire UK transport network.

    Mrs Seymour, who is fighting The Wrekin seat at the general election, said: “Charging to use our busiest motorways or trunk roads is adding insult to injury to the already over-burdened British driver.

    “UKIP is opposed to this highway robbery. We want to block the introduction of any new toll roads, and work towards removing existing tolls from publicly owned roads.

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  • UKIP announces new candidate in Folkestone and Hythe

    CA3WI-vWAAAg4EG.jpgUKIP is delighted to today announce our new candidate for Folkestone and Hythe – Harriet Yeo, former Labour NEC Chairman and now a UKIP member.

    UKIP Party Leader Nigel Farage made the announcement today at an event in Folkestone.

    Harriet Yeo said: "I feel excited and encouraged by the members who turned up today.

    I'm looking forward to campaigning with them and making sure that this becomes the first time UKIP wins this seat."

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  • An Economy believing in Britain

    pat.jpgAs a party we back the aspirations and energies of British working people who wish to improve the living standards of their families through the fruits of their own labours rather than accepting the inevitable grievous disappointments of long-term state dependency.

    We are in the extraordinary position of the insurgent party of British politics having spelt out its cuts, while the establishment parties have refused to do so. It is flabbergasting that George Osborne is going into the election having only set out departmental spending for one year ahead, while trying to get straight answers of Labour about its public spending plans is frankly impossible. Taken with other measures we will announce in our manifesto, this gives us annual savings of more than £25bn compared to the other parties, which would not do any of these things.

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  • Nigel Farage calls latest 'Debate' proposals "An utter farce"

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgThe Leader of UKIP has slammed the latest announcement by the broadcasters to host only one seven-way leaders' debate and turn previously announced plans for three debates into a 'Challengers' Debate', a question time style event and long form interviews.

    "This announcement is so far from the original proposals of proper General Election Leaders' debates that were promised to the public. The broadcasters should be ashamed. They've kowtowed to manipulation from Downing Street and are now offering a shoddy selection of alternatives that are no different from typical election coverage already taking place.

    "Essentially there are no longer what anyone could sensibly call Leaders' Debates. It's an utter farce.

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  • The Purple Revolution

    cover_9781849548632_-_Copy.jpgTwenty-one years after our formation, and on the eve of what promises to be one of the closest, most exciting general elections in recent memory, the truly remarkable rise of UKIP and our leader, Nigel Farage, have caused nothing less than a tectonic shift in British politics. 

    This week UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has launched his new book, The Purple Revolution, the untold story of the journey UKIP has travelled on.

    With characteristic wit and candour, the book describes the values that underpin Nigel Farage's own journey: from successful City trader to outspoken critic of the European Union and champion of Britain's right to govern itself.

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  • UKIP launches 10 candidates in Northern Ireland

    IMG_3427.JPGUKIP held its official Northern Ireland candidate launch today in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, in bright sunshine at a well attended event with many party supporters and the broadcast media present. Also present were three of the Party’s MEPs – Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP, Leader in Wales Nathan Gill MEP and Scottish MEP David Coburn, representing all four parts of the UK.

    “UKIP is introducing its 10 candidates to the media today,” explained UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland David McNarry MLA.

    “Our message is that Northern Ireland voters have a chance to be part of a nationwide movement for change, for national renewal and a rebirth of national pride and patriotism. It gives voters the chance to use their vote to reject the old, tired, non-delivering parties in England, Scotland, Wales and now here in Northern Ireland, and to vote for real change in politics.

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  • Action is needed to avert UK haulage driver crisis

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour says action is needed in the haulage industry to address a serious shortage of lorry drivers. UKIP has pledged to scrap the EU’s controversial Certificate of Professional Competence, which is driving thousands of drivers out of the industry.

    She said: “The Freight Transport Association believes more than 20,000 drivers have quit in the past six months, leaving the country with a serious shortage of delivery drivers.

    “And unless the situation is urgently addressed, it could start to hit the food chain to such a degree that, in the worst case scenario, may even lead to empty shelves on our supermarkets.”

     

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