• 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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  • EU power grab on car emissions is like putting a fox in charge of the chicken coop

    Jill_Seymour.jpegThe European Commission is eyeing new powers over the car industry, as it is prepares a proposal to create central oversight of national vehicle authorisations. In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper the European Commission wants to monitor the national authorities that approve new cars before they are allowed on the market.

    Responding UKIP Transport spokeswoman MEP Jill Seymour said: “The European Commission asking for control of national vehicle authorisations is like a fox asking for control of the chicken coop. The Financial Times revealed that the Commission knew what was going on for two years about VW emissions and did absolutely nothing. People in the UK who have suffered from emission caused health problems have the European Commission to blame, as it connived in the malpractice.

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  • EU predicts 3 million more Mediterranean migrants by 2017

    StevenWoolfe.jpegThe European Union is predicting 3 million more migrants could arrive in the 28-nation bloc by the end of next year. More than 700,000 people have come to Europe seeking sanctuary or jobs so far this year. EU autumn economic forecasts released today say that based on current migrant entries and a "technical assumption" about future flows, arrival rates are unlikely to slow before 2017. The EU Commission said that "overall, an additional 3 million persons is assumed to arrive in the EU over the forecast period." The Commission says the refugee crisis has resulted in additional government spending but that it could have “a small, positive impact on European economies within a few years.”

    UKIP’s Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP, responded: "As tens of thousands of people make the trek across the Balkans every day spurred on by Mrs Merkel’s colossal summer mistake in making an open ended commitment to settle so-called ‘refugees’, the Commission has been playing catch up. Its shared quota relocation programme for arriving migrants in is in tatters as other EU states balk at trying to clean up Mrs Merkel’s mess.

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  • Corbyn has no clue on ISIS in Iraq

    MH_Navy_(1).jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has blasted Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that ‘most of the [ISIS] action appears to have moved into Syria’, saying, “it is unforgivable for the leader of the opposition to be so ignorant of such a critical situation.”

    Former soldier Mike continued, “just because the UK media are not providing wall to wall coverage of what ISIS are currently doing in Iraq in no way means the problem has gone away.”

    “I’m sure the resident’s of Iraqi cities such as Falluja, Qaim and Kirkuk in no way share Corbyn’s opinion that most of the action appears to have moved on. Instead these poor people are experiencing first hand the brutality and barbarianism of ISIS, or they are fighting to the death to keep this wretched terror organisation from dominating their lives and homes.”

    “Jeremy Corbyn is obviously as badly advised on the situation in Iraq as he is on etiquette and protocol for a leader of the opposition. He simply should not comment when he obviously does not have a clue.”

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  • Court ruling gives cowboy parking operators a licence to hike charges

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has called for an urgent review of private car parking regulations after a landmark court ruling which she says may give landowners a licence to further hike penalty charges.

    Chip shop owner Barry Beavis, from Chelmsford in Essex, launched legal action against a private car park operator after he was charged £85 for overstaying his allotted two hours of free parking by nearly an hour. But the Supreme Court rejected his claim against management company ParkingEye, which had argued that its charges were “fair, reasonable and legally enforceable”.

    Mrs Seymour said: “I believe this decision is a travesty of justice. These private car parks are rarely full to capacity, so can the landowners really claim loss of earnings simply because a driver stays a few minutes over their allotted time period.

    “Of course Mr Beavis should have been held to account for overstaying his permitted period. But a fine of £85? How can such a large figure possibly be justified?

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  • Stafford Hospital guilty pleas prove NHS Managers should be licensed

    LOUISEBOURS.pngNHS managers must be licensed so they can be struck off in cases such as the Mid Staffordshire scandal, says UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours.

    The trust that ran Stafford Hospital pleaded guilty today to four health and safety breaches relating to patients who died between October 2005 and May last year.

    Three of the deaths happened after falls. A fourth occurred when a patient was given penicillin despite staff being informed she was allergic to it.

    Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “This confirms our view that NHS managers should be licensed in much the same way as doctors and nurses, who are regulated by the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    In our general election manifesto we pledged to introduce a ‘licence to manage’ as a statutory requirement to prevent incompetent, negligent or bullying managers being moved sideways or re-employed by the NHS as external consultants.

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  • UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour is made patron of the Alliance of British Drivers

    jill_speaks_at_ABD.JPGUKIP’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour says she is honoured to have been made a patron of the Alliance of British Drivers.

    She was invited to take up the position after speaking in support British drivers at the group’s annual meeting held at the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

    The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) is a voluntary and non-profit-making organisation which aims to provide an active, responsible voice lobbying on behalf of Britain’s motorists.

    It campaigns on a wide range of driving issues, independent of any vested interest, and is not afraid to tackle government or councils when members feel drivers are being treated as ‘a cash cow to be milked at will’.

    Mrs Seymour, one of UKIP’s three West Midlands MEPs, said: “This organisation, and a few other individuals, are working hard to protect the motorist from overbearing legislation, not least from the European Union.

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