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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman calls for European countries to increase defence spending

    thumbnail_bill4.jpgUKIP Defence spokesman Bill Etheridge has called for European nations to increase their spending on defence.

    The call comes as news emerged that the UK had failed to meet its pledge of 2% after an increase in GDP.

    European leaders in Brussels received a warning from US Defence secretary Jim Mattis that allies must significantly increase their defense spending “if your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance”.

    Such has been the decline in spending since the break-up of the Soviet Union that the Belgian military was forced to ask the U.S. for hand-me-down flak jackets for its soldiers when it deployed domestically in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels in recent years.

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  • UK waters must return to UK control regardless of what the EU want

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Fisheries Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has blasted “desperate attempts” by MEPs to “grab” UK fish stocks following Brexit saying, “UK waters and fish stocks must return to UK control, post-Brexit.”

    Memos leaked to a British newspaper state that “MEPs have drafted seven provisions to be included in Britain’s “exit agreement”, including the stipulation that there will be “no increase to the UK’s share of fishing opportunities for jointly fished stocks*.”

    Speaking of the leaked memos, Hull-born MEP, Mr Hookem said, “This is nothing more than the EU wanting to have their cake and eat it. Time and again we are told the UK will not get any ‘special deals’ post-Brexit. Well, in that case, it should work both ways, and UK waters must return to UK control regardless of what the EU want!”

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  • Cut Foreign Aid Budget to £2.5 Billion

    Rethinking_aid_freeing_trade-page-001.jpgA paper released today by the UKIP Parliamentary Resource Unit (PRU) concludes that while Britain is right to support the development of poorer countries, prioritising foreign aid payments over our own public services is not an effective use of public resources. The paper, Rethinking Aid, Freeing Trade, by Simon Gordon, recommends phasing out development aid and repealing the Act that commits UK aid spending to 0.7% of GNI.

    Having broken down aid spending in some detail, Gordon has been able to demonstrate that a significant portion of the budget is not spent on either emergency or development aid; is abused to fund political advocacy which harms developing nations; and that Britain’s multi-lateral aid partners rack up huge administrative costs.

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  • More Submarine Problems

    bill2.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Bill Etheridge MEP, has launched a broadside at the Ministry of Defence as news emerged of not only a ten month delay for the fourth Astute class submarine, but also a near £200m increase in their combined cost. The fourth Astute vessel, HMS Audacious, was initially due in August 2015 but this had already been put back to January next year. November 2018 is the new predicted date.

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) have also admitted that the price to build the four new nuclear submarines rose by £191m in the year 2015/2016.

    A BAE spokeswoman said: "The design and build of a nuclear powered submarine is one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

    Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said “An engineering challenge it may be, but surely that should have been included in the quote?

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  • Cambridgeshire County Council Tax Freeze proposal by UKIP

    189757845.jpgOn Tuesday 14th February Cllr Bullen, Leader of the UKIP group on Cambridgeshire County Council will present an alternative budget amendment for Cambridgeshire that achieves a tax freeze for Cambridgeshire residents. This will make UKIP the only Party in Cambridgeshire proposing a tax freeze.

    Whilst the UKIP proposal will deliver a 0% tax rise for Cambridgeshire tax payers, It is anticipated that the Cambridgeshire Conservatives will propose a 2% Tax rise, Liberal Democrats will propose a 4% tax rise, and Labour will propose a 5% tax rise for Cambridgeshire residents.

    Cllr Bullen says “Some of the Political Groups in Cambridgeshire will be trying to deceive the people of Cambridgeshire by claiming the tax rises they are demanding are not tax rises because the Tory Government has allowed them to call it an “Adult Social Care Precept”. The deception is bad enough that these groups are suggesting this is not a tax rise (when it clearly is), this deception is worse in that none of this ‘social care precept’ has been used on increasing the social care budget in Cambridgeshire at all.

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  • Jane Collins responds to speech by Justice Secretary

    Jane_PR_Img.jpgUKIP Home Affairs spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has responded to comments from Justice Secretary Liz Truss saying the cuts in funding are "a false economy" and "back door privatisation has resulted in a pressure cooker situation in the UK's prisons."

    Shocking reports from HMP Northumberland, run by Sodexo Justice Services, shows drugs and wire cutting equipment in cells and prisoners leaving to pick up contraband. It was privatised in 2014, when the government was aiming to cut £500m from the prisons budget.nTo win the contract, Sodexo pledged to save the taxpayer £130m over 15 years. Two hundred jobs, including 96 prison officer posts, were cut. At the time of the deal, the Prison Officers Association warned it could result in "escapes and riots".

    Yet the European Court of Auditors have just published a dossier revealing how the EU spent money on building two jails in the Balkans, which have received billions in pre-accession money but are not members of the EU. A photograph in the report proudly displays shiny white cells and a sparkling corridor at a brand new prison facility in Fier, southern Albania, which cost EU taxpayers £8.2m.

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  • UKIP winning in Stoke Central will be game, set and match for Brexit

    gerard.jpgSpeaking in the Stoke Central constituency this morning, Gerard Batten MEP, and UKIP's Spokesman on Brexit has urged the voters of Stoke to elect Paul Nuttall as their MP on 23rd Feb.

    He said: "Labour stopped representing the working class a long time ago. Stoke Central needs Paul as their MP so that he can speak up for their interests and for the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent.

    "Brexit is in danger of being betrayed, and who better to demand a speedy exit from the EU in the House of Commons than than UKIP's Leader.

    "The 70% of Stoke's voters who voted to leave the EU will endanger that decision if they elect another Labour MP."

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  • The true acid test of Brexit will be revoking EU fishing rights in UK waters

    Screenshot_3.pngUKIP Fisheries Spokesman calls for unknown “Daddy” convention of the Common Fisheries Policy to be scrapped

    UKIP Fisheries Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has today called on Theresa May and David Davis to scrap a little-known, Pre-EU fishing agreement which offers EU vessels a “back door” to continue fishing in UK waters post-Brexit; saying, “This convention is the ‘daddy’ of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and must be revoked if we are to stand any chance of reclaiming the UK’s waters.”

    The 1964 London Fisheries Convention - which predates by eight years the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) - was a Pre-EU agreement made between twelve European countries that gave flag vessels of each signatory nation the right to fish within the UK’s six to twelve-mile territorial limit.

    However, under the terms of the convention, the UK can revoke this agreement by giving two years notice.

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  • Douglas Carswell exposes secret plan to tie Britain to the EU Post-Brexit

    Screenshot_56.pngUKIP MP Douglas Carswell will today put down an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons in a bid to stop an international treaty that will leave the UK subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, even when we have left the EU.

    Douglas Carswell is objecting to what appears to be a stealth attempt by Ministers to sign up to the proposed Unitary Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) without anyone noticing, and without parliament having a vote on the matter.

    Once ratified, the UPCA will establish a Unified Patent Court (UPC), a court to adjudicate exclusively on European patents, meaning it will settle all disputes relating to intellectual property in Europe. Once established, it also means the standards for British products and inventions will be set in Europe, not the UK. Anyone wishing to challenge a UPC ruling will have to appeal to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

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