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  • UKIP demands action to prevent Chinese steel dumping

    Malmstrom_on_import_of_Chinese_steel_22_10_2015_(2)-page-001.jpgWilliam Dartmouth MEP and UKIP Trade spokesman has written to EU Trade Commissioner Malmström demanding that action must be taken to prevent further Chinese steel imports being sold at a lower price of production in the UK, which has already led to the loss of thousands of British jobs. Following this it has emerged that the UK government has requested an emergency EU meeting to discuss this crisis.

    In the letter William Dartmouth MEP stated, "I urge you as Trade Commissioner to effect anti-dumping duties on imports of steel from China entering the EU. These anti-dumping tariffs must be fully proportionate to be able to safeguard the UK steel industry (as well as the steel industry in other EU member states) from further damage occasioned by anticompetitive practices on the part of steel producers in China."

    (click the image to see the letter in full)

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  • UK population to surge over 70 million in coming years

    Steven_Woolfe.jpegOfficial projections by the National Audit Office (NAO)have said that the UK’s population is set to increase by 9.7 million over the next 25 years to nearly 75 million by 2039. These increases, say the NAO will be made up 51% immigration, and 49% natural increase (birth over death rates).

    Steven Woolfe the UKIP Migration spokesman said, “With the way in which it accounts for the number of people immigrating into the UK in these population figures, the Office for National Statistics joins the Office for Budget Responsibility in being a government funded organisation that is not fit for purpose in terms of helping relevant authorities plan future public services. How the ONS can use a figure of 185,000 for net migration for their projections after 5 years when the real number is currently 330,000 and on a rising trajectory needs explaining. This important number has a critical knock on effect on bands throughout the population age spectrum and can drastically alter birth rates.

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  • Late Night Farage on LBC this Sunday

    CSY6CeHWoAATbRP.jpgThis weekend UKIP Leader Nigel Farage will be hosting his own late-night show on LBC from 10pm on Sunday night. Nigel will be standing in for regular presenter Ian Collins to present the one-off programme which will run from 10pm to 1am. During the three hour programme Nigel will be taking calls from listeners and giving his straight talking opinions on the issues of the day.

    Speaking ahead of the show Nigel said: "Love me or hate me, I'll be talking about the big issues of the day. Call up and come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!"

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  • The Modern-Day Implementation of the Brezhnev Doctrine

    Speaking in the European Parliament today, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said that an increasingly authoritarian EU is crushing democratic rights and the UK's referendum on EU membership is a golden opportunity for those who wish to resuscitate democracy.

    "What we are seeing is an increasingly authoritarian European Union that crushes democratic rights and then actually crows about it" said Nigel Farage.

    After Italy and Greece had their prime ministers deposed, we now have the dismissal of democracy in Portugal, where the President of Portugal, Mr Silva, is refusing elected Left-wing Eurosceptics office on the grounds that they represent anti-European forces. What we are witnessing, says Nigel Farage, is "the modern day implementation of the Brezhnev doctrine. This is exactly what happened to states living inside the USSR".

    Watch his must watch speech in full below:

     

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  • UK lorry driver crisis threatens to cripple Christmas shopping

    Jill_Seymour.jpegRetailers could struggle to keep their shelves stocked during the crucial Christmas trading period because of an ‘alarming’ shortage of British lorry drivers, UKIP’s Transport spokesman warned today.

    Jill Seymour, the West Midlands MEP, has accused the Government of failing to recognise the scale of the crisis in the haulage sector, and doing next to nothing to encourage young people into the industry. Speaking at the start of the Road Haulage Association’s first ever National Lorry Week, she said: “I have been warning for months that we are lurching towards a massive crisis, and I take no satisfaction in saying that the evidence is now proving me right.

    “The Road Haulage Association (RHA) believes the UK is now short of between 45,000 and 50,000 drivers, and says the situation is getting worse by the week. It’s alarming.

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  • EU roaming charge proposals mean domestic users will subsidise frequent travellers

    The European Parliament today voted through proposals on EU phone roaming charges. Speaking on the proposals in the Parliament, UKIP Industry spokesman Roger Helmer MEP said,

    "It will benefit well-heeled executives and business executives and it will result in higher costs for domestic users. The operators will have lost a major revenue stream, they will seek to recover it and the only place to recover it is from domestic prices."

    "We MEPs will get lower prices but ordinary people will pay more. Yet again we see European regulation delivering unintended consequences and perverse incentives. It is profoundly regressive.

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  • Family courts must 'let the sunlight in' to avoid outrageous injustices

    pru_cover_Family_Courts.jpgUKIP’s 2015 General Election Manifesto pledged to bring forward a full and open review of childcare and child protection services in Britain, with a view to initiating wholesale reform of a system that’s clearly failing. In particular, we singled out the need to investigate rising levels of ‘forced’ adoptions and the outrageous injustices that it entails. It’s this pledge that we’re fulfilling with the launch of Opening Up the Family Courts.

    The paper, the first to be published by the UKIP Parliamentary Resource Unit (UKIP PRU), was launched at a cross party event in the House of Commons. Speaking at the launch were UKIP MP Douglas Carswell, the former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemmings who has been a powerful advocate for greater transparency in the family courts as Chairman of Justice for Families and Suzanne Evans, UKIP Deputy Chairman. Amongst others, Sharon Hodgson, the Labour Shadow Children's Minister for adoption and fostering attended the event as did the Conservative MP Lucy Allan.

    Douglas Carswell said: “There is a scandal at the moment. Secrecy within the UK’s system of family courts is allowing social workers to ride roughshod over ordinary people and resulting in the unnecessary breakup of families and forced adoptions.

    “We feel very strongly that the secrecy in the family courts is leading to some outrageous injustices. It’s the big cartel courts and the legal profession and the social workers riding roughshod against ordinary people. We think common sense is needed to address this that means greater sensitivity and more openness in the family courts which this timely paper advocates.”

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  • UKIP slams EU's active participation in VW emissions scandal cover-up

    Roger_Helmer.jpgNot only was the EU's top Environmental official aware of the VW emissions scandal two years before it broke but also the EU was complicit in not cracking down on the practice immediately. Top ranking EU officials were made aware of the obvious discrepancies between laboratory and on-road emissions tests yet deliberately failed to act leading to millions of consumers being grossly misled and industry ethics being deeply questioned.

    UKIP Industry spokesman Roger Helmer MEP commented, "For top ranking EU officials to actively attempt to cover up this scandal is a flagrant misuse of the power they have so vigorously stripped from us. It appears that the European Commissioner in charge know about what was going on but did little, except write a letter.

    "By allowing these emission loopholes, exploited ruthlessly by VW, to remain until 2017 millions of British consumers have been betrayed and misled. It is little wonder the EU are so vigorously against transparency. When internal documents are leaked the EU is either accused of being ignorant, ethically suspect or just plain senseless. I often find it is all three.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman – “Children intrinsic in keeping alive the memory of the fallen”

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP defence spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has described a decision by Biggleswade Royal British Legion to stop children parading on Remembrance Sunday as “disgraceful and disrespectful to both the fallen of the past, and to today’s armed forces.”

    Army veteran, Mr Hookem went on to say; “Having young people involved in Remembrance is more important than ever, because the two world wars are quickly slipping from living memory.”

    “Denying children the chance to pay their respects and learn about the sacrifices that allowed them their freedom today is disrespectful to the fallen. It’s a disgrace!”

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  • Brussels tries land grab on British Agriculture

    farmersforced_(1).pngTens of thousands of Farmers across the UK are being forced to put up EU propaganda, and to pay for the privilege. Under new guidance put out by the Government any farmer who receives more than £7,200 in Agricultural subsidies from the EU will have to pay to put up posters advertising this.

    UKIP Agricultural spokesman, Stuart Agnew MEP said: "It is outrageous that farmers are obliged to get involved in the EU propaganda machine when this money came from the British taxpayer.

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