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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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  • John Bickley will be UKIP's candidate in the Oldham West & Royton by-election

    johnbickley-ukipoldham_(2).pngWe are delighted to announce that John Bickley will be UKIP's candidate in the Oldham West & Royton by-election. 

    As John Bickley says: "As a Mancunian, I believe that the fight to get our country back should start here, in Oldham West & Royton. It’s time that someone stood up against the political class and addressed the genuine concerns that Westminster don’t want to talk about.

    "Together we can make a change.

    "That’s why I’m here standing for UKIP in this election and why I’m asking for your support."

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  • Lords migration report joins Juncker's Commission in confusion over faulty 'refugee' re-classification

    Steven_Woolfe.jpegThe House of Lord's report on 'EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling' says the great EU migration should be re-branded a 'refugee crisis' because most of the people crossing the Mediterranean are refugees. The report also suggests that migrants illegally entering Europe should effectively be decriminalised, that 'legal routes' should be opened up in eastern Europe to allow refugees in and that the UK should be part of a European relocation plan. UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe responds:

    "For the UK to reclassify all migrants as ‘refugees’ would be as big a mistake as Mrs Merkel's summer declaration that Germany is open to all refugees. The cost in one year alone in giving all migrant arrivals asylum status would bankrupt Britain. In fact, this is one reason why the UK government is legally obliged to deport any non-EU economic migrant who enters this country illegally.

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  • Living Wage Week: UKIP Mayoral Candidate says poverty in London is too high

    PRW_2015_Photo.jpgUKIP London Mayoral Candidate, Peter Whittle, has used National Living Wage Week to highlight the amount of work that still needs to be done to ensure workers in the capital are getting a fair wage

    "It's great that 724 businesses in London are now paying the living wage of £9.40 an hour, meaning that for their employees, they should at the very least have enough to get by living in London.

    "But before we listen to the likes of Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan patting themselves on the back, let's put that into context. There are over a million businesses in London, while according to the Office of National Statistics, a quarter of jobs in London pay less than the living wage.

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  • PM not in tune with the public on adoption

    James_3ba8f93ef5c350a6ebb0b02f02a31266.jpgPlans announced today by the Prime Minister to streamline adoption services were attacked by UKIP's Home Affairs spokesman, Diane James MEP.

    "This is a real test of compassionate conservatism, and it looks like the Prime Minister is completely out of tune with public opinion on this subject.

    Cameron's intervention into this debate comes a mere week after the launch of the UKIP paper "Opening Up The Family Courts" which called for an expansion of Special Guardianship Orders – designed to place children in care with relatives like Grandparents as a first resort.

    Instead the Government say they want to accelerate the process, and set stricter targets for adoption.

    Ms James went on, "Show me evidence where a performance based target driven strategy has delivered? This is a desperately sensitive area where the child's needs must be paramount. Common sense says family links should predominate".

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  • Exposed: US Trade Representative's link to the European Commission

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegIt has today been revealed by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage that the US trade representative, who last week warned that the United States is not keen on pursuing a separate free trade deal with Britain if it leaves the European Union, failed to declare his interest in the subject before making his intervention in the ongoing EU Referendum debate as he formerly worked for the European Commission.

    Prior to his current role, the US trade representative, Michael Froman, worked for the European Commission President's own internal think tank, the “Forward Studies Unit”.

    Mr Farage revealed this fact speaking to Breitbart News Daily Radio following an appearance on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

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