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  • PC stands for Police Constable, not Politically Correct

    LOUISEBOURS.pngNews that some police forces in the UK feel hamstrung by political correctness when dealing with so-called honour crimes is “deeply disturbing”, says Louise Bours MEP.

    Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has reported that three out of 43 forces are “completely unprepared” to deal with such crimes – and that only three across the country were prepared. The BBC reports today that honour crime “is the name given to offences carried out by people claiming they are protecting their cultural and religious beliefs”.

    Ms Bours, UKIP MEP for the North West, said: “I find it deeply disturbing that many of our police forces feel hindered by political correctness gone mad. I’m sure that for most people, if it was their daughter being mutilated, abused or sold off to the highest bidder, they would protect her by any means possible and to hell with what names people called them for doing so.

    “The police exist to protect people’s safety and welfare, not a misguided cultural ideology. They must start doing their job properly when it comes to abuse and violence of this kind. It is not good enough to say the police have been scared about being seen to be racist. PC is supposed to stand for Police Constable, not Politically Correct.

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  • Tusk has called Cameron’s bluff – Cameron must now campaign to leave

    paulspeech.jpgDavid Cameron has been told EU leaders cannot agree on his demand to ban EU migrants from claiming benefits for four years.
    In a letter to the European Council, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said Mr Cameron had raised "difficult" issues in his demands to reform the UK's deal with the European Union.

    Responding Paul Nuttall, UKIP Deputy Leader and new Head of Delegation for the UKIP members of the European Parliament said:
    “President Tusk has called Cameron’s bluff. Britain has been told we will get no substantial change on welfare benefits for EU migrants. Cameron must now follow through on his threat to campaign to leave the EU as he has not received even the minor changes that that he asked for.

    "Given the refusal of those in Brussels to countenance meaningful changes in Britain’s relationship with the EU, the only honourable avenue left to David Cameron is to now campaign to leave. He put out that signal recently to EU leaders and must now follow through on his word.

     

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  • Paul Nuttall appointed Leader of UKIP MEPs in the European Parliament

    PaulLeaderMEPS.pngUK Independence Party Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall has been appointed to head UKIP’s 22 MEPs in the European Parliament.

    He becomes Head of the British Delegation of members of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, of which all UKIP MEPs are members. Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West since 2009, replaces his East Midlands colleague Roger Helmer in the role. He was appointed by his fellow UKIP MEPs.

    The 39-year-old, a previous UKIP chairman, said: “I am delighted to accept this role and look forward to carrying on Roger’s work. He has done a great job leading our MEPs in Brussels and Strasbourg and I intend to build on that to the very best of my ability.

    “Last year British voters sent far more UKIP MEPs to the European Parliament than any other party, sending a clear message that they were fed up being run by Brussels bureaucrats. It is entirely because of that success, along with the nearly four million votes UKIP polled at the general election in May, that British people will finally get a referendum on our membership of the European Union.

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  • Report on Migrant effects shows Government’s housing and economic policies caught in ‘vicious circle'

    StevenWoolfe_(1).jpegNearly half of all new homes built in England in the next five years are needed to cope with the influx of migrants, official figures have suggested. The Government have forecast that high levels of net immigration will lead to the creation of 95,000 new households a year. But ministers have only set a target of building 1 million new homes in England by 2020, equivalent to 200,000 a year. This suggests that almost half will be needed to help accommodate the expected arrival of 217,000 migrants annually.

    UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe commented: “It seems that not a day goes by when the facts of real life encroach upon the Government’s fantasy views and policy response to the uncontrolled number of migrants who come to settle in the UK each and every day. Of course, we know from yesterday’s National Audit Office report exposing the huge holes in the UK’s Border Control IT systems, that the government doesn’t actually know how many legal and illegal migrant enter the UK each year. Nonetheless, today’s analysis of ‘official’ net migration statistics, shows that the government’s housing policies, like its overall public expenditure plans are caught up in a vicious circle of having to welcome additional migrant labour into the UK in order to build homes for the burgeoning migrant population already here.

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  • EU decision leaves UK jobs at risk

    DianeJames.jpgEU regulators have rejected a a request by Britain's competition authority to examine Hutchison Whampoa's £10.3 billion bid for British mobile unit O2. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had said it was more qualified than the EU enforcer to scrutinize Hutchison's bid to create the biggest mobile operator in Britain by merging its Three UK unit with Telefonica's 

    Dianes James MEP expressed incredulity about yet another EU interference in UK affairs, “Yet again the EU has decided to push its weight around and interfere in a purely British matter. The EU has overruled the UK in the regulation of a multi-billion pound takeover of a British firm – an EU decision that could threaten hundreds of jobs.

    “Given adequate competition between operators, which the UK has, this takeover would improve scale and drive prices down for consumers. Normally one would expect that a decision like this would best be made by the country affected by such a huge business transaction, and by the people who knew the market place best. In fact, that was the claim made by the UK Government.

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  • The tide in Europe is turning against the European Union

    WI2D5I3N.jpgExit polls suggest that Danish voters have voted against adopting EU rules strengthening cross-border policing. An exit poll released by the TV2 news station showed 52.8% of Danes voted No whilst another exit poll, from the DR station, showed 53.3% voted against the proposals. The result of the referendum will determine whether Denmark will have closer ties with the European Union or continue a decades-old opt-out from justice affairs that would end ties with Europol. The vote comes as the European law-enforcement agency is preparing to increase its role in fighting terrorism.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage welcomed the news saying: "Congratulations to the Danish people for rejecting Europol and the EU's criminal justice system unlike Theresa May who opted us back in.

    "The tide in Europe is turning against the European Union and I'm delighted to see the "No" side triumph in this referendum. The campaign logo "More EU – No Thanks" is a concept I am 100 percent behind and I can only hope that the British people show the same level of judgement and sound mind in our referendum.

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  • Borderless Britain destined to get worse

    StevenWoolfe_(1).jpegThe National Audit Office says cost of beleaguered 'e-borders' anti-terror project will spiral to at least £1.1 billion amid concern over unstable security computer systems in a report out today. The IT system designed to stop terrorists and criminals getting into Britain is breaking down twice a week amid a £1 billion fiasco at the Home Office. The project is supposed to count every traveller in and out of Britain – begun under Labour in 2003 - has already cost £830 million and further fixes will cost another £275 million.

    UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said: “Last year UKIP spoke up about the urgency needed to rectify the appalling mess that the Home Office has made of the IT systems that help secure our country’s borders. Even in the last year of the last parliament Theresa May and David Cameron were content to blame the previous Government which commissioned the border control IT system.

    By all accounts the Coalition government started to change the specification for this installation when it realised that it had created Borderless Britain through its support of the free EU movement of people principles. As specced the system could not distinguish between EU and non-EU citizens! Now this report from the NAO shows that neither Cameron nor May have a grip on rectifying problems with these critical systems that count how many people enter and leave our country.

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  • Rewarding Turkish blackmail is a dangerous game

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has today spoken in the European Parliament about ISIS and the prospect of Turkey joining the European Union. Watch the barnstorming speech by clicking below!

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  • Disgraceful phone signal making Welsh roads highly dangerous

    Jill_Seymour.jpegThe lack of a mobile phone signal on more than 750 miles of Welsh roads has been slammed as ‘unacceptable and potentially dangerous’ by two of UKIP’s front-benchers. Transport spokesman Jill Seymour, and the party’s MEP for Wales, Nathan Gill, were responding to a report from the RAC Foundation which named Powys, Gwynedd and Ceredigion among areas in the UK with the worst coverage.

    Jill Seymour MEP, said: “In this technology-driven day and age, it is simply unacceptable for any part of the UK to have to put up with such a widespread lack of mobile phone coverage. Not only is this unnecessary, but it is potentially dangerous, because drivers assume they will be able to use their mobiles if they break down, or have an accident.

    “In Wales, however, the reality is clearly quite different, and people may only discover this when it is too late. As the RAC Foundation rightly says, most of us like to think we are always just a mobile phone call away from help. But even in a crowded, high-tech country like Britain this is clearly not the case. ”

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  • New HS2 timetable is another kick in the teeth for campaigners

    Jill_Seymour.jpegPlans to accelerate the construction of the HS2 railway project have been described as a massive kick in the teeth for campaigners, by UKIP’s Transport spokesman.

    Jill Seymour MEP accused Chancellor George Osborne of ruthlessly refusing to even acknowledge the views of objectors as he ploughs ahead with the multi-billion pound project.

    “How is it that the Government can find an extra £13 billion for this enormous project over the next five years, and yet is stubbornly refusing to adequately compensate families living along the proposed HS2 route, whose lives are being torn apart?” she asked.

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