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  • Leave EU Campaign must reach beyond Westminster to win referendum

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgResponding today to an article from Lord Lawson announcing that he will be campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said that whilst he welcomed the news, the campaign must focus outside of Westminster on issues the public care about.

    Nigel Farage said: "Whilst I welcome Lord Lawson in his new role as head of Conservatives for Britain which will apparently be be campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, there are a few issues we must make clear.

    "Whilst winning support from Westminster figures is important, this referendum cannot be won in Westminster but out across the country. That is why I have been so impressed by the Leave.EU campaign which is signing up thousands of supporters every week and why I and other UKIP MEPs have been going across the country holding public meetings on the Say No to EU national tour, speaking to thousands of voters.

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  • Worries about immigration are at highest ever level, and continue to rise

    CQJJCpQWIAQDJvo.jpgLatest figures from the Ipsos/Mori issues index have shown that 40% now regard immigration as the biggest single issue facing the UK, with 56% regarding it as one of the most important. Even 49% of Labour supporters rate it as the highest concern.

    UKIP Immigration Spokesman Steven Woolfe said, “This poll number reflects badly on those amongst our country’s leaders who do not see how mass uncontrolled immigration is damaging the fabric of our nation. The people of this country do because they have the common sense to see that mass migration changes nations. If a country loses too many of its talented, economically aspirational people like those on the periphery of the Eurozone it is destined for economic failure. But if a country attracts millions of foreign born residents at an unplanned, accelerated rate it's infrastructure and public services are bound to creak at the seams.

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  • Attendees raise £2000 for Pilgrim Bandits at UKIP Conference

    MH_Pilgrim_Bandits.jpgAttendees at the UKIP conference in Doncaster raised £2000 for forces charity Pilgrim Bandits which helps injured servicemen and women and amputees maintain active lives. The charity were invited to the event to fundraise by the party's defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP as the charity's patron, Ben Parkinson MBE, is a local resident.

    Mike Hookem said, "I am proud - although not surprised - that party members dug deep into their pockets for such a worthwhile charity which recognises that people who had very active lives prior to any injury should have every chance to keep that up, even if they have lost limbs.

    "The party is incredibly supportive of the military and veterans and having Ben Parkinson to help us fundraise ensured we made as much money as possible."

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  • Burnham finally recognises the obvious - Mass immigration does depress low wages

    jane-collins.jpgThe admission by Andy Burnham that mass low skilled immigration "has made life harder for people in our poorest communities, where wages have been undercut and job security lost." is a welcome recognition of the blindingly obvious.

    UKIP employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP said Mr Burnham's words were "the desperate attempts of a man who has ignored the plight of the working classes due to mass immigration for years."

    "It can hardly come as a surprise to Mr Burnham that uncontrolled immigration, which he and his party support, has led to wage compression particularly amongst the lower paid.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman – “Corbyn kidding himself on a nuclear free world”

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    UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has slammed new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn for his “dream world” view of global nuclear security, saying; “Corbyn needs to get real and realise that the UK faces a whole new range of global nuclear threats.”

    Commenting after the Labour leader told Radio 4 that he would not press the nuclear button and that he believed in a “nuclear free world”, Mr Hookem said, “I know there have been media reports of Corbyn being sympathetic to terrorists organisations in the West Bank, Ireland and Iran; but to commit himself to scrapping the UK’s nuclear deterrent and leaving this country defenceless in a world full of nuclear proliferation, is short sighted and nothing short of dangerous.”

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  • Redcar’s workers sacrificed to comply with EU rules

    UKIP MEPs have united in condemnation of the closure of the Redcar steel works and JJonathan-Arnott-photo-682x1024.jpgonathan Arnott, Redcar’s local UKIP Euro-MP, has called for transitional state aid to help the steel works survive the temporary down turn in the steel market.

    Jonathan Arnott MEP said: "This is a tremendously sad day for Redcar, the North East and the United Kingdom. Thousands of jobs will now be lost directly at SSI, and thousands more indirectly. Redcar will be hit particularly hard as it is already has high levels of unemployment. Our proud British manufacturing tradition deserves better than this, and the real tragedy is that it is so unnecessary: the industry will be viable in the long term.

    "The high pound, Chinese market dumping, high cost of raw materials and especially government-caused artificially-inflated energy prices in an energy-intensive industry have contributed to temporary unprofitability. Steel is trading at a fraction of the price it did in 2010, but is likely to recover. This may be a textbook example of the need for transitional state aid, because now much-needed skills will disappear from our economy."

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  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs - Jane Collins MEP conference speech

    jane-collins.jpgGood afternoon conference.

    As your final speaker of the conference I will make sure I don’t talk for too long so we can all get in front of a TV to watch England beat Wales at rugby.

    As Employment spokeswoman for UKIP I have the important job of ensuring that in the referendum campaign the message about jobs and growth thriving outside of the EU is understood by every voter.

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  • The Transport We Need - Jill Seymour MEP conference speech

    38qr96Hi.jpegI suspect most, if not all of you are sick and tired of the EU meddling in our affairs, when it is clearly none of their business.

    Are you fed up with the endless rules and regulations from the faceless bureaucrats, who do not understand our way of life?

    Have you had enough of this ridiculous notion that one-size-fits all? Well, you are not alone.

    This is precisely how the EU works. It just cannot stop MEDDLING.

    The Oxford English Dictionary describes people who ‘meddle’ as:

    * To interfere with something that is no-one’s concern.

    * Or, to touch or handle something without permission.

    I don’t know about you . . . but I reckon that just about sums up the European Union to a tee.

    It is their meddling that is dismantling and destroying our national transport network, whether it be road, rail, sea or air.

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  • ‘Seymour Shield’ launched to recognise young UKIP members

    seymour_shield.JPGUKIP MEP Jill Seymour has launched a new competition designed to reward and recognise rising stars of the party’s youth wing. The Seymour Shield is an annual competition for members of Young Independence who prove themselves to be powerful, and thought-provoking public speakers.

    The first three award winners were announced at UKIP’s national conference, held in Doncaster. Jill, who is the party’s national Transport spokesman, said: “Young Independence is the key to the future of our party – and of our country – and that’s why I’m keen to give them as much support as I possibly can. I hope that the Seymour Shield will, in some small way, encourage more people to come on board and show the true talents of our young people.”

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  • Britain After Brexit: Manufacturing Capital of Europe - Roger Helmer MEP conference speech

    helmer_roger-1_copy.jpgGood Morning Conference!

    I’d like to share with you something I’ve learned in my years in Brussels and Strasbourg, and it’s this: the EU’s apparatchiks harbour a huge contempt for public opinion.  Isolated in their ivory towers, they can mostly afford to ignore the voters.  They think that people like you and me are just too stupid and ignorant to understand the huge benefits of EU membership.

    But once in a while, reality strikes back and bites their ankles – for example, in 2005 when the French and Dutch voted down the European Constitution.  So did the bureaucrats see the error of their ways, and change course? The hell they did!  No.  They stood wringing their hands, and saying “Perhaps we haven’t explained it well enough”.

    My response is, that I have spent the last sixteen years explaining the European Union to the voters, and the more I explain it, the angrier they get.

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