• UKIP Fishing Spokesman champions Thanet Fishermen

    f46db4e3fad0a129b3a82610c99ed31c.jpegUKIP MEP and the Party's Fishing Spokesman Ray Finch has raised the plight of Thanet fishermen in the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee after an intervention by UKIP's South Thanet candidate Nigel Farage.

    Mr Finch raised the urgent concerns of John Nichols, the head of the Thanet Fishermens Association, with regard to bass fisheries, minimum landing sizes (MLS) and more.

    He said today: "...the Thanet Fishermens association have been voluntarily practising safe and sustainable fishing practices for many years. Their measures have included spawning boxes and nursery areas. However now, because of the laxness of European fishing practices, many fishermen in the UK including those in Thanet face ruin."

    "John Nichols of the Thanet Fishermens Association proposed, amongst other measures, an increase in MLS and restrictions on mesh sizes in 2008 and again in 2012. Nothing was done."

    Nigel Farage said today: "From Manston, to immigration concerns, to overdevelopment, and now fisheries, UKIP has led the way and championed the key issues facing Thanet today. I'm extremely proud of the positive attention we have brought the area, and if I'm elected as MP, I'll continue to be a powerful voice for this area and its needs. No other candidate can promise you that."

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  • UKIP announces plans for political reform

    FullSizeRender.jpgDouglas Carswell and UKIP Leader Nigel Farage have announced UKIP's plans for political reform today in Clacton.

    They announced that UKIP will bring forward a Citizen's Initiative, so the people of Britain can directly influence legislation. A national referendum will be held every two years on the most popular petition gathering over 2 million signatures and the outcome will be in the Queen's Speech.

    UKIP will also introduce real recall: the Tories have fudged their promise of recall to sack MPs, leaving it up to MPs and only allowing recall in certain circumstances. We will give genuine power to the people to sack their MP (or Councillor, etc). On voting reform. UKIP believes that the dated First Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system is no longer relevant in the four/five/six/ party politics of the 21st century. We want a new electoral system in which every vote counts.

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  • Nigel Farage overtakes Alex Salmond to become second most popular Facebook party leader

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegUKIP Leader and South Thanet candidate Nigel Farage has overtaken Alex Salmond to become the second most popular party leader on Facebook, and the most popular leader who is not currently the Prime Minister.

    Mr Farage's online support has risen substantially since the last TV debates, after which he was judged to be the joint winner alongside Nicola Sturgeon, or David Cameron, depending on which polls you believe.

    Now he has overtaken former SNP leader Alex Salmond, who rose to second place following the Scottish referendum. Mr Farage currently has over 162,400 followers, an increase of 10 percent in the last week.

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  • Only UKIP has a fully funded and costed plan to SCRAP inheritance tax altogether

    PatrickOflynn.pngOnly UKIP has a fully funded and costed plan to SCRAP inheritance tax altogether over the course of the next parliament. As a matter of principle we believe that assets purchased out of taxed income should not be taxed again in death.

    We do not need to raid pensions pots to pay for our plan either because we are cutting politically correct and vanity spending programmes; foreign aid, EU contributions, HS2, the Barnett Formula - saving more than £25bn per annum by the middle of the next parliament says UKIP Economics Spokesman Patrick O'Flynn.

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  • UKIP are the only party with a fully funded plan to put extra resources into the NHS

    10419535_928432417178649_1231251887098004459_n.jpgUKIP Economics Spokesman Patrick O'Flynn: "UKIP are the only party with a fully funded plan to put extra resources into the NHS. Our pledges will be paid for out of specified cuts to major items of public spending that we have identified; foreign aid, the EU, HS2 and the Barnett Formula (Scotland).

    "We have said that we will put £3bn of these savings into the NHS, meaning that by the end of the parliament we will have provided 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives."

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  • Voters won’t be fooled by Tory rail fares pledge

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour insisted voters would not be fooled by David Cameron’s promise to freeze rail fares ‘in real terms’ on major commuter routes for the next five years.

    Mrs Seymour, the West Midlands MEP who is fighting The Wrekin constituency in Shropshire at the general election, accused the Tories of ‘dangling a carrot’ merely to try to win votes.

    “It’s a bit late in the day for the Conservatives to decide it’s time to get a grip on rip-off rail fares, and trying to pose as a friend of the daily commuter," she said.

    “Since the coalition came into power in 2010, the average rail ticket has risen in price by around 20 per cent – way ahead of inflation.

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  • UKIP are the only party committed to defending our nation

    ukip_defence.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has slammed Tory defence plans after a report in today’s Daily Telegraph told how they would not be making a pre-election commitment to spending 2% of the UK’s national income on defence, as per our NATO commitments.

    Mike, who on Tuesday pledged UKIP’s support to spend 2% of GDP on defence, said; “The Tories failure to commit 2% of GDP on defence spending whilst making guarantees of the spending level for overseas aid shows the level of disregard they have for this nation's defence and our armed forces.”

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  • UKIP welcome long time Chairman of Waveney District Council

    Collecott.jpgIn a major coup for UKIP long time Chairman of Waveney District Council, Cllr Peter Collecott has announced that he is joining the party and standing for it in May.

    Speaking this morning Nigel Farage said, "I was delighted to meet Peter last night and to welcome him to our ever growing team in Suffolk.

    To have somebody as respected and well thought of in Waveney join us is a huge boost. He understands as we do that the purpose of a local Councillor is to represent their ward, and their constituents, rather than be driven by the ideological requirements of a party. Yes of course we want to leave the EU and to cut down on uncontrolled mass immigration, but first we must serve the people that elect us. It is the simple bread and butter of local democracy and nobody knows this better than Peter".

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  • Believing in Britain, believing in Britain’s women

    believewomen.pngUKIP Home Affairs Spokesman Diane James and Deputy Party Chairman Suzanne Evans today launched a raft of policies which prove that UKIP has policies across its manifesto commitments that will have a positive impact on Women.

    UKIP believes strongly that its policies are there for everybody, and does not focus on different interest groups, but of course some policies will have disproportionate effects on different groups in society.

    Diane James said “It is a sad fact that the greatest killer of women in society is, according to the ONS, dementia and Alzheimer’s, so UKIPs commitment to £650mn extra funding over the term of the next Government into dementia research will help women disproportionately.

    "We will maintain current maternity and paternity rights, we will ensure that increased funds are available to carers, again something that will disproportionately help women. We will also abolish the hated tampon tax. These are just some of a large number of policies that will help women, at home, and in the workplace and will help the country at large.”.

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  • UKIP will scrap the Tampon Tax

    WkQugaNu.jpegToday UKIP has announced that they would remove the invidious tax on women’s sanitary products. Currently tampons and sanitary pads are deemed a "non-essential luxury" item by the Treasury and so they are taxed at five percent accordingly. This is an “outdated and outrageous” tax on women, said Suzanne Evans, UKIP’s Head of Policy.

    “No other party can pledge to take this simple step," she said, "as under EU rules no item that has ever had VAT charged on it can have VAT removed completely. This shows not only how ridiculous EU legislation is, but how very wrong it is that we've given our tax sovereignty over to a bunch of faceless - and mostly male - EU Commissioners who simply don't understand real life, let alone real life for women.”

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