• Douglas Carswell: “I speak for Millions” in Westminster

    carswell.pngUKIP MP Douglas Carswell responding to the Queen’s speech said, “I may be my party’s only voice in the House of Commons, but I shall speak on behalf of not only my constituents, but the millions who voted for my party. I may have only one vote in the Division Lobby, but I shall use it to support Ministers when they do sensible things, to oppose the Government when they are being daft, and, when I think it is possible to improve things, to try to amend things to make them better.”

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  • Nothing has changed – we still can’t afford to pay for HS2

    Jill_Seymour.jpegTransport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is ‘delusional’ if he thinks the general election result was an endorsement of the HS2 rail link, which will pile billions of pounds onto Britain’s debt mountain. That’s the view of UKIP’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour, who accused the Tory government of totally ignoring people whose homes stand to be destroyed by the £55 billion-plus route. Her comments follow a speech made by Mr McLoughlin in Leeds, when he confirmed high-speed rail and the creation of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ remained a priority.

    Mrs Seymour, an MEP for the West Midlands, said: “Mr McLoughlin is delusional in thinking that winning the general election is down to the support for HS2. He totally ignores the valid views of individuals who have already lost value on their properties and left them, in some situations, feeling desperate. Nothing has changed these past few weeks. HS2 still has no proven business case, and the eventual cost of the project is anyone’s guess – it seems to go up every week.

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  • UKIP Scottish MEP David Coburn responds to Nicola Sturgeon, "We came into the EU as one United Kingdom so we will leave together"

    David_Coburn.jpgToday at a European Policy Centre event Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, stated that the Scottish government would be pushing for a double lock mechanism for the EU referendum, whereby a Scottish majority would be required for Scotland to leave.

    David Coburn UKIP MEP for Scotland, who spoke at the event, said, "This is just havers of nonsense. Typical SNP gerrymandering of the democratic process, last time they excluded Scots working abroad and serving in the forces, now they want to include any EU national living in Scotland.

    "We came into the EU as one United Kingdom, we came into the EU together, so we will leave together.

    "The Scottish people clearly decided that they wanted to remain as part of the United Kingdom so any talk of this double lock mechanism makes a mockery of the Scottish people's decision. We respected the result, now they must too."

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  • Prisoners may be given vote because of human rights climbdown, Tory adviser warns

    P1010383.jpgPrisoners in Britain may be given the vote because of David Cameron's refusal to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights, a leading QC and adviser to the Conservative Party has warned.

    Jonathan Fisher QC, who has advised the Conservatives on a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act, said that Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, confirming that pulling out of the convention is not "on the table" means that when "push comes to shove" the party will have to give way to Strasbourg judges on prisoner voting.

    In response, Diane James MEP, UKIP’s Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman said: "The UKIP position is there should be a blanket ban of votes for prisoners. The problem is, if we continue to be members of the EU and as a consequence, signed up to the ECHR, I have little doubt 'votes for prisoners' will be forced upon us.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman expresses great anxiety at news of yet more Tory defence cuts in the new parliament

    Mike_Hookem.jpegUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has said comments on the UK defence budget by the US Defence Secretary, Ashton Carter are “hugely concerning for the future of the ‘special relationship’” and has expressed “great anxiety” at news of yet more Tory defence cuts in the new parliament.

    Defence Secretary Carter suggested that the United Kingdom could be hugely diminished as a global player; if the Tories persist with their current spending plans, which fail to meet the 2% of GDP on defence spending NATO spending commitment.

    Mike Hookem MEP said, “Time and again before the election, UKIP warned that the Conservatives were going to make a further attack on defence spending if they won power. This was obvious from their sheer lack of commitment to meet the NATO spending target of 2% of GDP on defence.”

     “The simple fact is that Britain’s armed forces are already starved of much needed resources and further cuts would seriously hamper the UK’s ability to respond to the constantly evolving world security situation. More cuts would also seriously harm the vital humanitarian work that Britain’s armed forces do around the globe.”

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  • Gibraltar MEP, William Dartmouth regrets resignation of the Rock’s Governor

    gibrdartmouth.pngFollowing the announcement of the resignation of the Governor of Gibraltar William Dartmouth MEP, who represents the Rock in the European Parliament said, “I am very sad to learn of the resignation of Sir James Dutton. I share his obviously deep sense of frustration at discovering that our Foreign Office regarded his job as little more than ceremonial. He is a man who has taken his responsibility to the Rock and its people with the utmost seriousness.

    Dartmouth went on, "As Governor he represents Her Majesty the Queen directly and not the British government and his role is to be responsible for external affairs, internal security and defence. It is not a job that can be second guessed by a Foreign office bureaucrat. Nor indeed a Government that seems to be more concerned about pandering to Spain. It is doing this as part of its tactical manoeuvring to obtain European Union reform than it is to standing up for the interests and safety of Gibraltar.

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  • Juncker should wind his neck in over EU Referendum

    euwindneck.pngThe President of the European Council has waded into the EU referendum question in the UK and announced that the people of the UK have no “desire” for leaving the EU and that David Cameron “wants to dock his country permanently to Europe”.

    Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader said, "The British people are fed up to the back teeth with Eurocrats telling us what we want, what is good for us, how to run our businesses and how we organise our society.

    "Now he tells us we do not want to run our own lives. Of course this man, elected from a short-list of one, with no popular democratic mandate and no means of accountability wants to maintain the control of the unelected unwanted Eurocrats. Well he would, wouldn’t he? Mr Juncker should wind his neck in about what the British people want or do not want, he does not know us. However, as someone who regularly talks with David Cameron, he does seem to have some insight into the Prime Minister’s mind."

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  • Tories all at sea on Human Rights Act and ECHR as inconsistencies become clear

    Diane_James.jpgResponding to news that David Cameron is in a split with Theresa May and Michael Gove over human rights, Diane James MEP, UKIP’s Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman said:

    “The inconsistencies and dishonesty of the Tory position is today becoming clear to all as Gove and May have a public spat with the Prime Minister.

    “The plain facts are, while we are members of the EU the UK must be signatories of the ECHR and our Supreme Court is subservient to the European Court in Strasbourg on human rights matters.

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  • New Young Independence Chairman elected

    IMG_3091-1500.jpgToday Young Independence, UKIP's youth organisation has elected a new Chairman Joe Jenkins. There are now over 3500 members in Young Independence which has grown over 100% under the last YI Council.

    Party Chairman Steve Crowther said: "I am delighted to see Joe taking over as Young Independence Chairman. He has done great work in launching UKIP Students in August which now has over 30 University Societies. In May he stood up for Students across the country and took on Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam. I would like also to thank the former YI Chairman Jack Duffin and the rest of the Council who have built YI into a very professional organisation with substantial membership growth."

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  • Health Tourism is a real issue for the public

    CB1ci0SWYAA58o-.pngUKIP Leader Nigel Farage has today reiterated his position on the problems caused by health tourism to the NHS.

    "Though many in the Westminster bubble were outraged by my comments about the impact of Health Tourism, and appalled that I mentioned those with HIV as part of that problem, what was clear was that the general public did not share that outrage.

    "Immediately after the debate YouGov carried out a poll that showed that a full 50% of the population agreed with me, with only 34% opposed. I also received very moving messages of support from UK sufferers of HIV who have found it increasingly hard to receive the treatment they need because of pressure on clinics, such as this one from a young Londoner.

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