• 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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  • Tories hypocrisy over Trident plans

    11083759_832646366782968_7317523435120002435_o.pngUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has branded the Conservatives “hypocrites” after they announced their plans today for a like for like Trident replacement. Mike also called into question the Conservatives true commitment to the UK’s nuclear deterrent, when they have so far totally failed to commit to meeting the minimum 2% of GDP target set by NATO for its members.

    Mike said, “How can the Conservatives say they are committed to a ‘like for like’ replacement for Trident, when they so easily jumped into bed with the anti-Trident Liberal Democrats in 2010. This is sheer hypocrisy, and an empty promise that will very easily be forgotten in any coalition talks after the election.”

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  • GUTTED: UKIP unveils new poster highlighting fisheries policy

    GuttedBBgt.jpgToday in Great Grimsby UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has launched UKIP's fisheries policy to go with a hard hitting poster 'Gutted' that addresses the dire impact of EU fisheries policy on our seaside communities.

    UKIP will reclaim our territorial fishing waters, restore our fishing fleet and introduce sustainable fishing practices

    UKIP will also withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy and EU control over our fishing grounds and fish stocks.

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  • Accident and Emergency in Crisis: two routes to a cure

    48sheetukip-new2_(1).pngNews today that Accident and Emergency care in England is at its worst for a decade proves that the Tories are failing our hospitals and the people who work there and use them. Only UKIP have the capacity and vision to bring the crisis under control, by addressing the financial burden and reducing the pressure of work.

    Louise Bours MEP, the UKIP Health Spokesman said, “At this point of a parliamentary term when they are begging for votes they would hope the figures are better than ever, but they aren’t, they are worse than ever.

    "No wonder they don’t want to talk about the NHS this election. It’s a bit rich of Labour to be pointing out the weaknesses of the coalition run NHS, when they run the NHS in Wales, and that is even worse.

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  • UKIP is the party of defence

    ukip_defence.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage and Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP have today set out our stall on the defence of the realm in speeches in Dudley in the West Midlands today. They were joined by many UKIP candidates and members who have served in the armed forces.

    In their speeches Nigel Farage and Mike Hookem set out how UKIP will plough a cumulative £16bn extra into defence during the course of the next parliament compared to the other parties, meet that 2% of GDP NATO commitment every year and set out a range of new policies to help veterans.

    They also confirmed UKIP's full support for our armed forces, something that the other parties have forgotten or rejected, despite being quick to send our troops into war. The Conservatives and Labour have sent our men and women into war far too quickly, and without thinking of the full consequences. From today, it should be clear: UKIP is the party of defence.

    We are the only party to have committed to spending 2 per cent of Britain's GDP on defence. We think it is of far greater importance to this country than the commitment to overseas aid as we believe the first duty of government is defence.

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  • Former Conservative Mayor and Leader of Thurrock Council announces her support for UKIP’s Tim Aker

    annecheale.jpegFormer Conservative Mayor and Leader of Thurrock Council, Anne Cheale, has today announced her support for UKIP’s Tim Aker for May’s General Election. She will be joining UKIP Leader Nigel Farage at the Circus Tavern public meeting next Monday, 13th April, to rally the UKIP effort ahead of the May 7th poll.

    Anne Cheale, a lifelong Conservative voter, said: “In Thurrock, the election is between UKIP and Labour. Tim Aker is the only candidate from Thurrock, wants the people around here to be put first and is the best way of stopping Labour.

    “A vote for the Conservatives in Thurrock will only help Labour. I’m also dismayed that the Tory MP let Thurrock voters down in 2011 when she voted against an EU referendum when given the opportunity.

    “I am switching my support to UKIP’s Tim Aker in Thurrock on May 7th and urge all residents to do the same.”

    Tim Aker said: “I am delighted to have Anne supporting my campaign. As last week’s YouGov Nowcast showed, it is a straight fight between UKIP and Labour in Thurrock.

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