• 400 jobs are secured as the MOD signs £410m contract for maintenance of the RAF's new Atlas A400M aircraft

    To-use2.jpgDr Julia Reid MEP, who represents the South West Counties & Gibraltar, welcomes the news that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has finished negotiating the £410 million contract with Airbus to support production for the Atlas A400M aircraft. The contract has reportedly secured at least 400 highly-skilled British jobs.

    The Royal Air Force currently has 14 of the A400 aircraft in service and according to Defence officials, they plan to add an additional 8 to their fleet by the end of 2019. Defence officials say that the new contract secures a key part of the force’s fleet until 2026. The aircraft, which have can carry up to 37 tonnes of payload over a range of 2,000 nautical miles, will replace the existing fleet of C-130 Hercules.

    According to the Government website, the in-service support contract will sustain around 200 UK jobs with Airbus Defence and Space, focused around RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. More widely, the Atlas programme has a far-reaching UK supply chain, with around 200 additional jobs sustained at companies in: Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Sussex, including Messier Dowty in Gloucester, and Thales in Crawley and GKN and Rolls Royce in and around Bristol.

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  • UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall appoints Roger Bird as his Special Assistant

    RogerBirdrole.jpgUKIP Leader Paul Nuttall has announced the appointment of Roger Bird as Special Assistant to the Leader.

    He will be advising Paul on a number of political matters, including Constitutional Reform.

    Announcing the post, Paul said: "I am very happy that Roger has agreed to work with me on a voluntary basis and will be glad to call upon his political knowledge and experience to help in the exciting times ahead.”

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  • The introduction of ID cards for EU citizens post-Brexit is the thin end of the wedge

    Jane_PR_Img.jpgUKIP Home Affairs Spokeswoman, Jane Collins MEP, has blasted a call by Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to introduce ID cards for EU citizens saying; “This is a bad idea that would lead to the introduction of a national ID card for everyone.”

    Ms Collins comments come after Amber Rudd told MPs, EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit “will be a need to have some sort of documentation”.

    Speaking from her Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire constituency, Ms Collins said, “This is merely the thin end of the wedge to the introduction of a national ID card for everyone; something I am bitterly opposed to.”

    “Time and again we have heard politicians use arguments ranging from terrorism, to benefit fraud, in order to justify their pipe dream of introducing a national ID card.

    “The introduction of an ID card would be a draconian, ‘big brother’ move and there is simply no need for one, that’s why we have passports.

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  • Operation Atlantic Resolve highlights importance of commitment to NATO

    bill_etheridge.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence spokesman, believes the show of force from the US in Operation Atlantic Resolve should act as a wake up call to the British government.

    Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of US military commitment to its NATO allies to maintain peace and stability in the region in light of Russian intervention in Ukraine.*

    Troops, tanks and other equipment will arrive in Germany over January 6th - 9th as part of a nine month rotation of US army forces.

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  • Jane Collins MEP calls for an end to police cuts in West Yorkshire as research reveals county is number one in England and Wales for serious crime

    Jane_PR_Img.jpgUKIP’s Home Affairs Spokeswoman, Jane Collins MEP, has called for an “end to police cuts” and a more “visible and effective police presence”, as new research reveals West Yorkshire now has the highest rate of serious crime per head in England and Wales.

    Commenting on the findings from her Yorkshire constituency, Ms Collins blasted the Government for continuing cuts to police budgets saying, “while I am shocked at these findings, it comes as no surprise given that West Yorkshire Constabulary have lost 1,200 officers over the course of the last five years due to cuts.”

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  • Defence spokesman calls for “substantial investment” in armed forces

    bill_etheridge.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence spokesman, has called for substantial investment in the UK’s armed forces. His call echoes that of General Sir Richard Barrons, who told the BBC yesterday that UK and NATO defences are not up to the current threat from Russia.

    Referring to Michael Fallon’s comments that the UK would be ready for a war with Russia in two years time, the former Commander of UK Joint Forces said that it would require "a massive escalation of planning and capability.” Sir Richard said NATO forces had been in a state of “progressive demobilisation” and were not ready to face “the kind of things Russia is now able to present".

    Mr Etheridge, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, said “One has to ask why a front line government minister is even talking about the prospect of going to war with Russia.

    “The best way to avoid war is to maintain a suitable deterrent, both conventional and nuclear, so that neither side feels it has an advantage over the other.

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  • Women should not suffer because of naivety of politicians

    download.jpgReacting to reports of widespread sexual assaults on women on New Year’s Eve in a number of European countries, UKIP’s Women and Equalities spokesman Margot Parker MEP said:

    “It is not at all surprising we are again seeing attacks against women who are doing nothing more than celebrating the turn of the year in public. A brief look at the reports show hundreds of incidents across Europe.

    “While none are on the scale of the appalling attacks in Cologne a little over a year ago, it is clear the problem has not gone away. Indeed, with almost 300 complaints made so far, what happened in Dusseldorf is a perfect example of Germany’s failure to get to grips with the problem.

    “Given the massively increased security presence in most city centres following the awful events in Berlin one wonders how many more would have occurred with fewer police on the streets.

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  • May to confirm only to what degree she will ignore the will of the people

    thumbnail_PaulNuttall1.jpgThe Prime Minister's office are trailing what they describe as a major statement on the move towards Brexit, but in reality it will just confirm to what extent she will ignore the democratic will of the people, says UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall.

    "We are told that the Prime Minister is prepared to pull the UK out of the Single Market if the UK is not given full control of its borders and we are supposed to be impressed by this. Given that this is exactly what the 17 million voted for almost 7 months ago, given that it was clear throughout the campaign that this is what we were voting about it is extraordinary that it has taken her so long to say it.

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  • Without cutting immigration, integration plans bound to fail

    pZCIEEd9.jpegUKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, "Today's report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration looks like an attempt by the Westminster establishment to con working class communities in to thinking they're going to do something about controlling immigration, when we know that neither the Labour nor the Tory leadership has any such intent.

    "The report is also an admission that uncontrolled immigration is a problem but there is no apology to the British people from the liberal establishment for presiding over and encouraging it. Likewise, it’s a bit rich for that same political establishment, who have overseen and approved mass uncontrolled immigration to be attempting to close the gate after the horse has bolted.

    "As a relatively small island nation it's impractical and disingenuous to suggest immigration can be controlled via a region specific visa scheme

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  • Why 'Unexpectedly'? British business is doing well

    M.R._085.gifResponding to a slew of good news for British business including the latest Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) and good news both on inward investment and manufacturing growth, Mark Reckless, the UKIP Economic spokesman said,

    "The manufacturing purchasing managers index hitting a two and a half year high of 56.1 today is just the latest data showing the UK economy growing strongly.

    "Why do the media always preface such news with 'unexpectedly' or 'despite Brexit'?

    "Most people voted Leave because they thought we would be better off out of the EU, so their confidence increased when they won the vote.

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