• 8 percent fall in cost of living the reward for abandoning EU protectionism

    In a debate on the state of play of the Doha Development Agenda UKIP's Trade Spokesman William Dartmouth MEP made the argument that the reward for leaving the EU and escaping EU protectionism would be a 8 percent fall in the cost living, as calculated by the Cardiff business school and Professor Patrick Minford.

    William Dartmouth said, "EU protectionism hurts and harms consumers in the European Union itself. Consumers here have to pay the hyped and inflated European Union price for food instead of the world price. Professor Patrick Minford and his colleagues at Cardiff Business School have calculated that the cost of this to the UK consumer is 8 % of the cost of living. It follows that on Brexit, the cost of living in the UK would be reduced by 8%."

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  • The NHS needs emergency treatment

    LOUISEBOURS.pngHospital Accident and Emergency departments are in need of emergency treatment as the country heads towards on of the coldest winters in decades – according to UKIP’s Health spokesman Louise Bours MEP.

    The comments came following a fresh report out today from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, that A and E problems are on the rise and ‘the worst is yet to come’. The report showed that only 88% of patients arriving at A and E were being seen within the four hours, while the target is set at 95% and that one-in-five beds were occupied by patients that were well enough to leave but were prevented by there being a lack of community services care to look after them after discharge. The report is of particular concern because of the rate of decline in the service. In October 92% of patients were being seen within the four hour target, whereas just one month later the figure has dropped by 4%.

    Louise Bours MEP, UKIP’s Health spokesman said: “This is extremely worrying news as we go into what is expected to be a very cold winter. The government say they are throwing money at the NHS but they forget they have been in power for over 5 years, letting it get into this state.

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  • EUseless: A view from the mad house

    EUSeless.jpgExamples of “hot air” politics and useless committees in the European Parliament have been laid bare in a new booklet by Louise Bours MEP. As polls show a majority of British people want to leave the European Union, Ms Bours, who represents the North West region, has now made her EUseless: A view from the mad house publication available as a free download.

    In it, the UKIP Health Spokesman highlights the activities of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). Ms Bours, a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy in the European Parliament, said: “All politicians are accused of spouting hot air, but in the parliament in Brussels it’s like a furnace.

    “While not every conversation that takes place there is entirely without merit, very often it invokes Nero fiddling while Rome burns.

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  • Britain must leave the EU to control immigration

    ons_figuresWITHOUT.pngToday's ONS figures on net migration of 336,000 combined with yesterdays revised OBR numbers on population and migration show that the government's long term economic plan to cap welfare and control migration has failed and is nothing more than a pipe dream.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "These record high figures represent a continuation of the government's complete failure to control immigration. David Cameron's "tens of thousands" pledge is now in tatters.

    "It is clear that only by voting to Leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum can we have a system of controlled immigration at sensible levels.

    "Just how can this or any government plan effectively for the future with our population rising so quickly and with open borders meaning we have no control over who can and can't come to Britain each year? A complete open door to the whole of the EU is madness."

    UKIP Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said: “In yesterday's autumn statement, the Government blew through its own welfare cap when it U-turned on tax credits. Today, with new net migration numbers as high as ever, its promise to control immigration and bring net migration below 100,000 no longer has any credibility.

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  • Labour MEPs vote to open door to returning ISIS fighters

    Diane_James.jpgThis week in the European Parliament Labour MEPs voted for the "reintegration" to society of returning Jihadi fighters and in approval of the statement "member states must refrain from using any border control measures aimed at fighting terrorism."

    Diane James MEP and UKIP Home Affairs spokesman said, "After the events of Paris I am astounded that Labour MEPs have voted for these amendments. The free movement of people has led to the free movement of jihad and the only way to combat this is for Member States to regain control of their borders immediately.

    "Labour opened our borders and have attempted to keep them open even in the face of these barbaric forces. UK citizen's security should be paramount, apparently Labour does not agree."

    In addition Gerard Batten UKIP MEP, who spoke on the report, said, "This is shameful behaviour from Labour. In an increasingly unsafe world the British public will be shocked to hear that their elected Labour and Tory MEPs have voted to allow returning ISIS fighters back into British society. Anyone who has supported these terrorist groups should be appropriately prosecuted or not allowed back in."

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  • Mike Hookem MEP: "We cannot send British Forces into Syria without Combat Search and Rescue"

    MH_Navy.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem has warned MPs ahead of the vote on action in Syria to remember that the UK no longer has its own combat search and rescue team should any military personnel find themselves in enemy territory.

    The MEP and former soldier was speaking after a Russian aircraft was shot down over the border between Turkey and Syria and there were concerns the pilots had been killed.

    "We have seen how dangerous and unstable the situation in and around Syria is and situation of the Russian pilots after they ejected from his aircraft demonstrates this" Mr Hookem said.

    "It is irresponsible of MPs to rush into authorising the RAF to undertake airstrikes in Syria when we do not have a combat search and rescue following its privatisation by the Coalition government in 2012.

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  • Cameron will never win fundamental reforms on the UK's EU membership as latest defeat demonstrates

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins has responded to claims from a European diplomat that the British government plans to drop demands for a welfare curb on EU workers describing it as "another defeat for British interests. by our own Prime Minister who has proved that he cannot win a battle against fundamentalist EU ideology."

    Speaking from Strasbourg, Mrs Collins said: "Mr Cameron has insisted that reform of the EU is possible but the evidence shows it is not: Brussels has knocked back every attempt by the government to win real reforms and they will continue to do so because as we hear in Strasbourg today, they want MORE Europe, not less.

    "There is no way we will be able to limit EU workers' rights because to do so would require treaty change. We can't even control our borders from terrorists because of Brussels rules.

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  • All aboard the HS2 gravy train…

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has condemned the ‘greedy and disgusting’ pay packets of HS2 railway bosses after a report revealed 46 of its staff are earning more than the Prime Minister. She said it was ‘sickening’ to see so much money being wasted on a project which would cut through historic parts of the British countryside, for the benefit of just a small minority of commuters.

    A report in the Financial Times has revealed that HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby is the highest paid civil servant in the UK, bringing in £750,000 a year. Jim Crawford, managing director of the infrastructure division, is on a salary of £393,000, the report says, while chairman Sir David Higgins makes £242,400 – despite working just a three-day week.

    Mrs Seymour said: “The greed of this project is frankly unbelievable. The HS2 wage bill is £37 million, spread among 626 staff – that’s an average wage of £58,809, which is more than twice the UK average. It is disgusting to see such huge sums being thrown at a vanity project which the majority of people in the UK neither want, nor need. The budget seems to be going up every week.

    “No wonder concerns are being raised that HS2 is draining resources from Network Rail, which is desperately in need of every penny it can find, to keep the existing UK rail infrastructure in good working order. HS2 is not a high-speed rail link it’s a gravy train for overpaid executives.”

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  • UKIP warns again that the free of movement of people is leading to the free of movement of Jihad

    Today in the European Parliament Plenary UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP offered his and the EFDD's condolences to the victims of the Paris attacks and their families. Speaking about the causes of the attack and potential solutions he said, "We must first realise who our enemy is and who our enemy is not. We must not see foreign policy through the eyes of the student common room. We must come together to cut out the cancer of radical Islamism.

    "I warned in this chamber six weeks ago, to howls of derision, that freedom of movement of people in Europe would in the end lead to freedom of movement of jihad and I'm afraid, unfortunately I was proven correct.

    "So if we are to take steps to solve the crisis that we face we must first cut out its source which is the problems in Syria through a Cold War coalition and at the same time we must prevent it at home by reinstating border controls and clamping down on Saudi sponsored Wahhabism which is a growing clear and present danger within many of our communities."

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  • The Devil is in the detail of Cameron’s ‘jam tomorrow’ promises

    MH_Navy.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has said today's announcement "includes many welcome measures" but warned that, "The devil is in the details".

    Speaking just after the announcement of the SDSR 2015 in Parliament, Mr Hookem said, "Mr Cameron can make statements about a military with more ships, more aircraft and new equipment, but following the 2010 review the UK's military has been at its smallest since the mid 19th century and our country has been left weakened.”

    "His headline policy of two 5000 strong 'strike brigades' does not mean extra soldiers, it means reallocating already overstretched troops to new duties, rather than building our forces capabilities through a commitment to expanding personnel numbers.”

    “This is all too typical of the type of smoke and mirrors defence policy we have come to expect from the Conservatives. In the summer they tried to fox voters with their creative accounting, slipping spending on security services into the defence budget to meet NATO's two per cent spending obligations.

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