• UKIP demands action to stop the loss of national treasures

    jcVjhVBq.jpgWealthy buyers and dealers are using 'exploitable loopholes' and 'gentlemen's agreements' to avoid export restrictions on national treasures. This has resulted in 41 artworks worth almost £300m leaving our shores for good between 2011 - 2016. These pieces included Picasso's Child With A Dove which is now thought to be in Qatar and a Rembrandt self portrait.

    Victoria Ayling UKIP Heritage and Tourism Spokesman supported The Art Fund in demanding that the rules should be tightened.

    She said, "Important cultural objects bought by overseas collectors often have a temporary export ban put on them. This gives British dealers or museums a chance to match the price, then the owner has to sell it to them. This has meant many wonderful and historical pieces have been saved for the Nation to be enjoyed by all, whilst the owner still gets a fair price.

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  • Surrey Council put already stretched household budgets at unacceptable risk, says UKIP

    petereeve.jpgUKIP spokesman on Local Government, Cllr Peter Reeve MBE today condemned the proposal by Cllr David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council to impose a 15% tax rise on its residents. 

    Cllr Reeve said: "Even if the move is rejected by residents, the cost of the referendum that will be triggered by the proposed tax rise will have to be paid by the Surrey council tax payer, which could be up to £1 million. 

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  • EU Parliament refusal to use electronic ballot for President vote is a step back in time

    jillparl.jpgNew European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, has faced a grilling on Day One in his new job over the use of paper ballots for internal Parliament elections.

    The current method for the ballot has taken almost three whole days of voting to conclude – when there is already a far cheaper and more efficient method of counting the vote.

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  • Universities are ripping Students off and closing down their minds

    Opening_the_British_Mind-page-001.jpgUniversities are often considered hallowed halls of academic learning which offer you a chance to open your mind and get a degree that leads to a secure, well-paid job. According to a research paper just released by UKIP in Parliament, the reality is that going to university is more likely to lead you into debt and underemployment, and terrify you into conformity. The government needs to reform fees and safeguard free speech on campus if British universities are to serve the interests of students, says the paper’s author, Simon Gordon.

    “The current tuition system isn’t working for either students or taxpayers,” says Gordon. “Higher tuition fees haven’t improved standards, pushed up graduate earnings, or produced a high-skilled workforce. They’ve just left more students in debt and made it far more likely that taxpayers will have to pick up the bill for unpaid student loans.”


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  • Britain is not bluffing and will not be bullied over Brexit plans, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall tells EU

    NuttallinEU.jpgUKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP told the European Parliament today that Britain is not a country that will be bullied easily by EU negotiators, following Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement of her Brexit objectives.

    He also criticised the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn's Labour and its demise as the party of working people.

    Speaking in Strasbourg, Mr Nuttall said: “No-one in Britain bar UKIP, my party, is holding the government to account on these issues, maybe because the British Labour Party is a shambles that has let down working class people for far too long.”

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  • UKIP's response to Theresa May's speech today

    PaulNuttall1.jpgResponding to Theresa May's speech today, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall: "Some of it did sound like a UKIP conference speech and the Prime Minister is now applying some of the things that we’ve been talking about for many, many years, so I would give her seven out of ten for this effort.

    "But I am concerned that what we’re getting is some sort of slow-motion Brexit where she is speaking about interim measures, or a transitional period, which will only begin after April 2019. She has given no end date to these transitional measures. I challenge the Prime Minister; let’s have this all done and clean before the next General Election in 2020. 

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  • Defence spokesman calls for more NATO spending

    thumbnail_bill4.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence Spokesman, has lambasted the levels of military spending throughout NATO as President-elect Donald Trump called the bloc “obsolete” for failing to adequately deal with terrorism. In a statement contradicting the incoming defence chief, Mr Trump reiterated his criticism that "a lot of" the 28 member states were relying on the USA and not paying their fair share.

    His comments have raised concerns throughout the alliance, according to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Foreign Minister.

    Mr Etheridge, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, said “It is a crime that so many nations in NATO have failed to meet their obligations.

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  • Voters blame Labour's polices not foreigners for the country's immigration problem

    pZCIEEd9.jpegIn response to the latest YouGov figures which show that 54% of Labour voters want to see immigration controls in the UK tightened while only 30% are happy with the status quo which Jeremy Corbyn supports - UKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, "70% of the country, including a majority of Labour voters, wants to see a serious immigration policy such as UKIP's Australian points based system.

    "It is clear that the Labour Party no longer even pretends to represent the ordinary working man or woman in this country on things that really matter to them. "It is a simple truth that today what UKIP is the only authentic political voice for those that Labour's high command have left far behind.

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  • Honest motorists penalised by crazy new EU insurance rules

    38qr96Hi.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has slammed ‘crazy’ European Union rules which mean uninsured motorists must be given compensation if their cars are damaged. The Government has admitted it is powerless to prevent the regulations from being introduced in the UK, as long as Britain remains part of the EU.

    “This bureaucratic madness is a perfect reminder of why we must not delay our departure from the morally bankrupt EU for a moment longer,” said Mrs Seymour.

    “It is yet another piece of crazy, nonsensical legislation being imposed on the UK, which flies in the face of common sense and penalises the ordinary, law abiding man and woman on the street.

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  • We need more joined up thinking to harness the skills of veterans

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Veterans Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has welcomed proposals by the Gatsby Foundation to retrain members of the armed forces as FE teachers, saying; "it has long been UKIP policy to keep the valuable skills veterans have acquired in the public sector."

    The scheme, funded by the Education and Retraining Foundation and the Gatsby Charity Foundation, expects to retrain 110 military service leavers over the next 18 months in areas such as science, engineering and technology.

    Speaking of the teacher training initiative, Mr Hookem said, "members of the armed forces pick up a great deal of expertise and experience during their service, much of which is currently lost to the public sector when troops return to civilian life."

    "As a nation we should be harnessing this experience for the public good and allow veterans to continue their public service in civilian life.

    "Initiatives such as this also aid the transition between service and civilian life, which some members of the armed forces can find incredibly difficult."

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