• UKIP Wales pledges to cut management and put money back into frontline policing and health

    CTsEW5qWEAAzvJb.pngUKIP has repeated its call for high paid management to be cut in Wales’ acute services in order to fund better frontline medical care and policing.

    A report by The Taxpayers’ Alliance has revealed that 2,620 staff in Wales police forces and NHS on six figure salaries, many of whom occupy managerial positions.

    A UKIP Wales spokesman commented: “We have seen increasing decline in standards of vital public services in Wales, particularly health, since devolution and it simply cannot be right that a large proportion of management are on such large salaries when investment is desperately needed at the frontline, particularly for cancer, stroke and dementia care.

    “UKIP would also close to halve the size of Health Boards from 18 to 20 to 10 to12 and would elect the non-executive majority on each board to make them more accountable to the public they should serve, not overpaid top managers.

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  • The visit of India's Prime Minister is to be welcomed but on trade, the UK's welcome is limited

    william_d.jpgUKIP Trade Spokesman William Dartmouth MEP has commented today on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day visit to the UK saying: “The visit of India's Prime Minister is to be welcomed. But on trade, the UK's welcome is limited by the fact that, as an EU member the UK cannot enter into a Trade Agreement with India - or for that matter any other country.

    “While we are in the EU, the EU diminishes the UK's place in the world and restricts our ability to pursue our national interest. We would be better off out. The visit of India's Prime Minister is yet another example why.”

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  • Number of Romanians and Bulgarians in Britain has topped 200,000 for the first time

    migrants-all-time-high_(1).pngThe number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers in Britain has topped 200,000 for the first time, as the overall European Union immigrant workforce reached 2.1 million, official figures have shown. There were nearly 300,000 additional EU residents in Britain in the latest data compared with a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said - the largest annual rise since records began in 1997. It represented a rise of 16 per cent in a year. Among Romanians and Bulgarians - who controversially gained full access to the British job market on January 1 last year - the figures reached 219,000, a 30,000 increase year-on-year or 16 per cent, by birth rather than nationality.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “The number of Romanians and Bulgarians in Britain tops 200,000. I have repeatedly warned against a surge - do people believe me now?

    “The record number of EU migrants now in the UK show that inside the EU we cannot control our borders.

    “And it is clear from David Cameron’s pathetic renegotiation that the only way to control immigration is to leave the EU. Remaining will mean continued open door mass migration.”

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  • UKIP supports Sir James Dyson as he falls foul of an “anti-competitive, bureaucratic and ill-conceived” ECJ ruling

    Margot_3.jpgThe European Court of Justice has today dismissed British entrepreneur Sir James Dyson’s claim that new EU regulation on energy labelling of vacuum cleaners is discriminatory and unfair. Dyson’s vacuums, which use mainly “cyclonic” technology, are disproportionately penalised due to the flawed testing system which does not allow for fair comparison.

    UKIP MEP and Small Business spokeswoman Margot Parker commented, “I personally bought a Dyson last week but had I known this ECJ judgement was coming I would have bought two of them.

    "This judgement exposes the EU for the anti-competitive culture that it promotes. Bureaucrats hate entrepreneurs just as the EU detests democracy. Innovative British businesses are dicing with death when the EU gets them in a stranglehold.

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  • Czech Prime Minister has already "thrown a spanner in the works" for Mr Cameron

    jane-collins.jpgCzech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says his country "will insist on the free movement of people and equal rights for all EU citizens" in negotiations over the future shape of the EU and any attempts to limit freedom of movement would pose "a serious problem" for the Czech Republic and "the right to work and live anywhere in the EU is absolutely essential to us due to our historical experience".

    UKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP said the Czech Prime Minister's comments had effectively "Thrown a spanner in Mr Cameron's plans by ensuring he will not have unanimity in the Council of Ministers for wholesale legislative change on the rights of EU workers to access the UK jobs market and claim benefits."

    "Statistics published today show that 40%* of recent European Economic Area migrants are receiving benefits which places a huge burden on our social security bill. The presence of in-work benefits not only distorts the labour market but means that large companies can get away with paying the minimum wage for jobs and allowing the tax payer to top up their workers' salaries.

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  • Nigel Farage responds to the Prime Minister's speech on the EU

    nigel-quote-FACEBOOK-fix.pngResponding to the Prime Minister's EU speech today, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "Clear that Mr Cameron is not aiming for any substantial renegotiation. No promise to regain the supremacy of Parliament. Nothing on ending the free movement of people. And no attempt to reduce Britain's massive contribution to the EU budget.

    "His speech was an attempt to portray a new 'Third way' relationship with Brussels that is simply not on offer."

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  • Cameron's claim that the UK is insecure outside the EU is phoney and dishones

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem has described the Prime Minister's claims that the UK will be less secure outside the EU as "phoney and dishonest". The MEP, who is a member of the European Parliament's Security and Defence Committee said it was "blatantly obvious that successive governments have given power over to Brussels and made this country less secure."

    "It seems the lies have started already if Mr Cameron is really going to be telling people that we need a European Military and shared information on our critical infrastructure makes us stronger: when we hand over information on our power stations and water treatment plants to countries like Romania and Bulgaria we are only as strong as our weakest link.

    "Let's not forget that if it wasn't for the insistence of British civil servants we would be sharing details of our nuclear power plants - although this government has given them all to China anyway. We are less secure because of that alone, without taking into consideration our porous borders, the ISIS terrorists hiding in the 'jungle' in Calais and new plans to welcome migrants from Africa even though countries are buckling under the pressure and there is a rise of extremism as communities launch a backlash against left wing governments.

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  • Court of Auditors describe EU spending as ‘irregular and possibly illegal’

    jonathan_arnott_1.jpgMore than €133.6 billion of European Union budget payments last year were “affected by material error”, with official auditors expected to brand them as irregular and possibly illegal.

    “Payments for 2014 are materially affected by error. We therefore give an adverse opinion on their legality and regularity,” the report concluded.

    Responding to this UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, a member of the EU Budget Control committee said: “This year's Court of Auditors' report is scathing about how the EU mis-spends its money, just as Cameron tells us back home he's renegotiating with the European Union.

    "The EU is a byword for corruption and waste. Now the EU’s own Court of Auditors has described its spending as ‘irregular and possibly illegal’. If its own auditors are so damning about its corruption, why should we contribute a penny piece to the EU?

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  • Saving transport cash is easy – just scrap HS2

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour today told Chancellor George Osborne how he could achieve his latest round of deep spending cuts in one fell swoop – by scrapping the HS2 rail link.

    The Department of Transport is one of four Government departments which has agreed to cut spending by more than 30% over the next four years as part of Tory party austerity measures.

    Mrs Seymour, a West Midlands MEP who sits on the EU’s Transport committee, said: “It will be a disgrace and a scandal, if the HS2 project presses ahead as planned in the light of this announcement.

    “Aside from tearing up swathes of our countryside to benefit a small minority of commuters, this vanity project looks like costing as much as £80 billion – it’s difficult to quote an exact figure, as it seems to increase every week. Meanwhile, our conventional railways remain woefully under-funded, and many of our major roads are in a terrible state of disrepair.

    “By scrapping HS2, the Department of Transport would not only be meeting its quota of cuts, but would still have significant sums left over to invest into improving our existing road and rail network starting by filling in the millions of potholes which are damaging people’s vehicles.”

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  • Emergency steel meeting in Brussels today has the whiff of desperation

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has said the emergency meeting in Brussels today "whiffs of desperation as the government begs its masters to let it save the UK steel industry."

    The Euro MP, whose constituency includes Scunthorpe and Rotherham where Tata steel has laid off thousands of workers, said it was "nauseating that a British minister has to plead its case with Eurocrats when the finger of blame for making the UK steel industry to uncompetitive hovered in the direction of Brussels."

    "Green levies pushing up energy prices have made our steel production more costly than in other countries which at a time of low prices thanks to a glut of Chinese steel is a death knell to the industry," she said.

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