• 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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  • New UKIP Councillors Association committee elected

    A new full committee of 11 members has been elected at the AGM of the UKIP Councillors Association (UKIPCA) at UKIP’s Conference in Doncaster from the growing band of UKIP Councillors from across the United Kingdom.

    Cllr David Sprason (Leicestershire County Council) was re-elected as Chairman, with former Treasurer Cllr Paul Bullen (Cambridgeshire County Council) elected Vice Chairman, Cllr Debbie Lemay (Buntingford Town Council) was elected Secretary, and Cllr Kay Gray (Great Yarmouth Borough Council) was elected Treasurer.

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  • The EU's Bloated Budget - Jonathan Arnott MEP conference speech

    Jonathan-Arnott-photo-682x1024.jpgLadies and gentlemen, I’ve been in the European Parliament for just over a year. I work out there to hold them to account, pointing out when they’re breaking their own rules and working with my colleagues to provide some much-needed opposition in that place. Almost as soon as I was elected, my name was chosen at random to scrutinise the ballot for election of the Commission President. I stood up for the first time in the chamber, and said that I wouldn’t take part in an undemocratic sham where we had the choice of ONE candidate by a secret ballot so our constituents don’t know how we voted.

    We often vote hundreds of times in a single voting session. There’s a red button, which we press to vote NO to something. There’s a grey button, which we press to abstain. And there’s a green button. I’ve been there over a year, and still none of my colleagues have been able to tell me what that’s for.

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  • UKIP Conference discusses political reform

    UKIP's Director of Policy Development Mark Reckless said: "UKIP are delighted today to welcome Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), to our Conference in Doncaster. I am privileged to chair the session on political reform at which she will speak and which will also star our MP, Douglas Carswell.  

    "UKIP winning 3.9 million votes, yet only one seat in Parliament, highlighted more than ever before the unfairness of our electoral system and the way it protects Westminsters' insiders from the popular will.

    "We promised in our manifesto that "UKIP will campaign for a new, proportional voting system that delivers a Parliament truly reflective of the number of votes cast, while retaining a constituency link, so every vote really does count". Our conference will have the opportunity later today to vote in support of a motion which includes a similar statement.

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  • The Commonwealth Dividend - James Carver MEP

    carver.jpgAfter 19 years UKIP membership, I’m delighted to stand in front of you today for my maiden conference speech.

    I want to say thank you to all of the activists who have campaigned so hard, over years and have got us to the vital point of an in/out referendum.  I also want to pay tribute to some of my UKIP colleagues who, regrettably are no longer with us, people such as Graham Booth, Don Hulston, Malcolm Wood, Brian Kemp and Reg Simmerson, to name just a few, who I know, would relish this, once in  a generation, opportunity that we now have to get our country back.  We’ve waited since 1975 for this referendum, and accordingly, we must make every effort, together to win the day.

    Already the ‘STAY’ campaign have given their misguided opinion that the UK is somehow unable to, not only survive, but also prosper independently, free from the shackles placed upon us by our European Union membership.

    Such an opinion completely, and deliberately neglects the many strong advantages that we have on the wider global stage, be it as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, or alongside our position as a leading member of the many other important international organisations.

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage - Conference Speech

    Watch UKIP Leader Nigel Farage speak to UKIP's Annual Conference in Doncaster:

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  • UKIP to fund public sector pay rise from Brexit dividend

    CEFF-3KWoAAou8p.jpgUKIP is to reverse its policy on the abolition of inheritance tax in order to address a more urgent priority for the economy, public sector pay.

    £5.2 billion of the Brexit dividend UKIP had earmarked to abolish inheritance tax would now be used to end the decade long near-freeze on public sector pay. UKIP would lift the 1% cap the Conservative Government is now imposing for a further four years following George Osborne’s budget.

    UKIP's policy would mean that over five million teachers, nurses and other public sector workers in the UK, many of whom are taking home less pay than in 2010, would find themselves better off.

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