• We should all thank our troops for their sacrifices in defending our freedoms

    Mike_Arbor4_sml.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has encouraged the entire country to “get behind our armed forces and their families, even in a small way” and thank them “for their sacrifices in defending our culture, our way of life and our freedoms”.

    Speaking after laying a wreath at the National Arboretum for Armed Forces Day 2015, Mike said; “In these times, when our national security is threatened by a wide range of aggressors, it is important to pay tribute to those who put themselves in harms way to defend our country and our people.”

    “I would encourage everyone to show members of our armed forces, both past and present the respect they deserve and give them a pat on the back or a word of thanks for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.”

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  • UKIP Defence spokesman: terror attacks are work of utter cowards - and UK must be on its guard

    Mike_Hookem.jpgMike Hookem MEP, UKIP defence spokesman has described today’s terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait as “the work of utter cowards” and said that his thoughts are with “all those caught up in these dreadful events”.

    Speaking about the attack targeting tourists sunbathing on a beach in the Tunisian holiday resort of Sousse, which left 28 British, German and Belgium nationals dead, Mike said; “The terrorists picked the softest possible target to maximise the impact of their attack. Their actions are utterly disgusting and no ideology can excuses their actions.”

    “The simple fact is those who order or perpetrate such horrific acts are utter cowards!”

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  • Counting the cost of a second class railway network

    JillSeymour.jpgIf Britain can’t afford to improve its existing railway infrastructure, how can it be expected to pay for the multi-billion pound HS2 project? Among the work being stalled through a shortage of cash is the electrification of the Midland mainline, on the Transpennine route between Leeds and Manchester.

    UKIP Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour said: “Time and time again, the Government has insisted that the £55 billion-plus HS2 project would not impact on the financing of our existing railway infrastructure.

    “Now, however, it appears we’re starting to see the truth. The Government is clearly tightening the purse strings on our existing rail infrastructure to help fund its disgraceful HS2 vanity project.”

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  • DWP stats show young people can't afford not to get involved in politics

    JaneCollins.jpgThe latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions shows that young people need to get involved in the political process for the sake of their own finances. The report shows that pensioners are less likely to be in relative and absolute low income than the population as a whole with 14 per cent of pensioners in that bracket compared to 21 per cent of the population as a whole.

    It finds that between 1998/99 and 2013/14 there was a marked fall in the percentage of pensions in absolute low income.

    UKIP Employment spokesman Jane Collins said that policies such as the triple lock pension and the basic state pension increasing by 2.5 per cent - above average earnings growth - came down to the fact that older people are more likely to vote than younger people.

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  • Labour's cynical attempt to woo back voters

    PaulNutall-new1.jpgPlans for a “Labour Party of England” suggested by left-wing MP Jon Cruddas are “too little, too late” for the general election losers, says Paul Nuttall.

    The UKIP Deputy Leader described the proposal as a “cynical” attempt by Labour to try to reconnect with the millions who deserted them at the general election last month to instead vote for UKIP.

    Mr Cruddas indicated to Daily Telegraph journalist Mary Riddell that Labour would be looking to replicate its Scottish Labour and Welsh Labour offshoots with the new English-only group soon, saying: “We are going to do it… it will be imminent.”

    Paul Nuttall said: “This latest about-turn by Labour is astonishing. They were shell shocked to lose an election they thought they had in the bag when voters they have long taken for granted turned to UKIP instead.

    “It is meaningless given that Labour will still be run by and for a Hampstead London elite, and Labour has already set its face against English MPs voting alone on English only laws.

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  • TTIP corporatist scam is hurting workers and small businesses

    UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall has spoken in the European Parliament today about TTIP and how it is a corporatist scam that is hurting workers and small businesses. Watch it below:

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  • Nigel Farage on the deteriorating situation in Calais

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage on the developing situation in Calais: "As a regular traveller by car through Calais, I've seen first hand a marked deterioration in the situation around the port.

    "This will only get worse as huge numbers of people continue to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in response to a clear EU message that nobody will be sent back.

    "The UK has become the number one destination of choice due to the size of our employment black market and the failure to deport the vast majority of identified illegal immigrants. David Cameron's words at PMQ's today will not deter a single illegal immigrant from trying to break into a car or a lorry."

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  • Conservatives vote for compulsory EU-wide advertising of British jobs and benefits

    CIMCrp6WgAAhEyA.jpgUKIP MEPs Jane Collins and Tim Aker have today condemned a move by Conservative MEPs to have all UK jobs advertised across the EU, they said: "UKIP is appalled that Conservative MEPs are supporting legislation which would make it compulsory for all British jobs, apprenticeships and training programmes to appear on a European Commission website aimed at workers across the EU.

    "The website, called EURES, tells anyone in the EU who wants to work in the UK that there are 850 Eurocrat advisers available to them 'to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services' in Britain.

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  • EU Threatens Freedom to Photograph

    S3u70E9A.jpgMoves in the European Parliament to restrict the traditional ‘Freedom of Panorama’ would mean photographers, artists and filmmakers would have to seek permissions and even have to pay to be able film, paint and photograph some of Europe’s most iconic landmarks. 

    A French ally of the Lib Dems has suggested legislation that would mean recognisable views such as the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye or the Angel of the North, would no longer be free to depict, with artists, photographers or filmmakers having to gain consent from the copyright holder. 

    Gerard Batten, UKIP MEP for London said, "This is another case of breath-taking idiocy, and will result in unintended consequences, caused by incompetent, ill thought out and unnecessary legislation. It will destroy an explicit British freedom guaranteed in our copyright legislation for over 100 years.The world functions perfectly well without this restrictive suggestion".

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  • Defence spending fudge insult to troops

    MikeHookem.jpgThe decision to bundle peacekeeping costs in with defence spending has been described as "little more than creative accounting" by UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP.

    Mr Hookem said the move was "another go at trying to cover up defence cuts by fudging the figures.

    "They tried to make up the 2% target with foreign aid and with the military pensions and now it's the turn of peacekeeping. Our view is that the defence budget should be spent on troops, equipment and essential care such as decent housing and healthcare for personnel and their families. Anything else is an insult to the Armed Forces and the voters' intelligence.

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