• Jane Collins MEP – “Goddard inquiry must examine child abuse at every level”

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP MEP, Jane Collins has warned that the independent Goddard inquiry into the sexual abuse of children must be extended to go from the very top, to the very bottom of society in order to “stop the pervasive evil of child sex abuse that lurks in our midst.”

    Ms Collins, who has campaigned for action against child abusers since becoming an MEP, said, “While I welcome the start of the independent inquiry after two false starts, its scope must be all encompassing and go from the very top of society, to the very bottom. Only then will we be able to start to tackle the endemic levels of child abuse in the UK.”

    “I would also like to see the inquiry given an investigation team that has the power to interview suspects under caution and gather evidence for future criminal prosecutions.”

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  • Under pressure from massive public campaign, MEPs vote to keep Freedom of Panorama

    Blacked_out_London-Eye-2009-300x200.jpgToday in the European Parliament, MEPs voted to reject an amendment to the Reda Report on Copyright which would have stopped people taking photographs of their favourite public monuments.

    UKIP MEPs today opposed the amendment at the European Parliament which could have forced photographers in the UK to get permission to use pictures of public monuments and buildings such as the Angel of the North and the Cardiff Millennium Stadium.

    Jean -Marie Cavada, the French MEP who was pushing the now rejected amendment is an ally in the European Parliament of the LibDems. He is also head of the European Movement France, an organisation in part-funded by the EU to lobby for an increase in powers for Brussels. His counterpart in the European Movement UK is Laura Sandys, a former Conservative MP.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman hits out at the “hidden” details of the Chancellor’s 2% of GDP budget promise to meet NATO spending pledge

    MikeHookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has branded the Chancellor’s budget promise to meet the 2% of GDP NATO defence spending commitment for the rest of the decade, “an utter charade” and “nothing short of devious”.

    Mike’s comments come after a closer examination of the budget text revealed the Government is counting the money spent on the intelligence and security services as defence spending to meet its NATO pledge.

    Mike, who has been warning of Conservative attempts to fudge the defence spending figures for a number of months, said, “For all the Chancellor’s bravado in parliament today, his promises on defence have already proved absolutely worthless and nothing short of devious. This is just another attempt to hoodwink the British people into thinking the Tories are taking our defence seriously, when the opposite is true.”

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  • UKIP responds to Osborne's Budget

    Many of the themes in this budget are reflective of principles UKIP laid out in the party’s general election manifesto, the only fully costed and most praised policy document during the campaign. Yet without bold commitments to scrap EU contributions, the HS2 vanity project and significantly reducing foreign aid, this government simply is not restoring fiscal responsibility to the country at a rate that we find acceptable.

    Deficit reduction is still too slow. The deficit will still be running at £70bn this year, a rate that is still far too high, and means we will not get into surplus until 2019 or 2020.

    We strongly oppose scrapping the student maintenance grant and replacing it with a loan. Once again this shows a typical Tory adherence to the class system that simply fails to recognise why young people from low income backgrounds need financial support in order to compete. 

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  • UKIP’s Jane Collins MEP slams Osborne for “giving to workers with one hand, while taking more back with the other.”

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP’s Jane Collins MEP has slammed George Osborne for, “Giving to low paid workers with one hand, while taking more back with the other.”

    Ms Collins, UKIP’s employment spokesman, said, “The Tories have done little more than raise the minimum wage today through their compulsory National Living Wage announcement, while at the same only raising the income tax threshold by £200.

    "I very much doubt many of the UK’s six million lowest paid workers will feel much better off when all of today's measures are felt in their April 2016 wage packet.  In fact, I fear these measures could in some cases force people currently in work, back onto benefits, particularly a withdrawal rate which means a tax credit recipient on the lowest tax bracket will face an effective marginal tax rate of 80%.

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  • UKIP blasts European Parliament for passing TTIP resolution in crucial vote

    Dart.jpg"The people interested in protection of the NHS, in consumer rights and a legal system fair to small businesses will be angry with this decision of the European Parliament to pass TTIP", said UKIP trade spokesman William Dartmouth MEP.
    Speaking outside the chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg after MEPs voted overwhelmingly to pass the negotiating position of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership he added,

    "This is a very damaging vote by MEPs which will hurt free trade and the financial well-being of patients, consumers and workers.

    "The EU should not manipulate the UK's trade nor, that of any other Member State in order to promote the political pretentions of a wannabe European super state. "

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  • Nigel Farage tells Alex Tsipras: "Your moment has come -lead the Greek people out of the euro with your head held high"

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP today told the European Parliament that "The European project is actually beginning to die. This isn't just Greece we are talking about today. The continent is now divided from north to south. There is a new Berlin wall and it is called the euro."

    In a debate in Strasbourg in the presence of JC Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk, other political group leaders spoke in a fractious and angry exchange.

    Speaking during a visit to the chamber by the Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras, Farage turned to the Greek leader: "You have been very brave. You called that referendum. There were threats and bullying but the Greeks stood firm."

    "So your moment has come, and frankly if you have the courage you should lead the Greek people out of the Eurozone with your head held high. Get back your democracy; get back control of your country. Give your people the leadership and the hope that they crave. Yes it will be tough in the first few months but with a devalued currency and with friends of Greece all over the world, you will recover."


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  • The EU is using TTIP in the course of its political agenda

    "Trade should be about economic benefits, not political goals but yet the Commission persistently wants to exploit trade agreements in the cause of its political agenda", UKIP's International Trade Spokesman William Dartmouth MEP has said in his latest speech in the European Parliament. You can watch it in full here:

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  • Watching the EU project fall to pieces

    Watch UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP speak in the European Parliament today:

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  • The EU is tired, stumbling and dying on its feet before our eyes

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage has today written for The Daily Telegraph on the outcome of the Greek referendum and what it means for the EU:

    "Whatever fine aims there were fifty or sixty years ago have no relevance to the reality of life for young people right across the EU now, including in Greece. The EU’s old, outdated ideas have been rejected at the ballot box in exchange for a new approach and fresh thinking.

    "The result is a tired, stumbling European Union that is dying on its feet before our very eyes. Credibility for the project is fading fast as citizens right across Europe awaken to the reality of its authoritarian instincts that seek to run roughshod over public opinion.

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