• 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 This is an “outdated and outrageous” tax on women, said Suzanne Evans, UKIP’s Head of Policy.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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  • Farage welcomes Blair intervention on the European Union

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegNigel Farage, the UKIP leader, has welcomed Tony Blair’s intervention on the EU referendum. Mr Blair is to speak in Sedgefield about why he feels the British people should not get a choice on their future.

    Nigel Farage said, “Finally a chance to have a proper debate about the impact of the EU on British national life during this general election campaign.

    "Blair was PM when the government promised a referendum on the EU constitution before the name of that was changed to the “Lisbon Treaty” and he cynically withdrew his offer.

    "Blair was also an enthusiast for British membership of the Eurozone and had personal ambitions to become “President of Europe”, and how has that worked out for Europe and him?”

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  • UKIP mocks the arrogance of David Cameron's absurd "come home" message to our supporters

    PatrickOflynn.jpgDavid Cameron has appealed to UKIP supporters to "come home" to the Tories to help stop a Labour government. In response UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn said: "It was David Cameron who called UKIP voters "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists mostly". He has never fully apologised for or retracted that disgraceful slur.

    "For the most part Cameron and his party are just one head of a multi-headed hydra, the LibLabCon. UKIP supporters oppose the LibLabCon on a whole range of policies from the overarching issue of EU membership, to open-door immigration, foreign aid giveaways, defence cuts, the ban on new grammar schools, the Climate Change Act that puts up our energy bills, Inheritance Tax, the HS2 vanity project and the Barnett Formula excess spending in Scotland.

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  • Yorkshire Conservative PPC and sitting Councillor Defects to UKIP

    2.jpgTory Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hull West & Hessle, and Councillor for the Willerby & Kirkella Ward on East Riding Council, Mike Whitehead has defected to UKIP saying he is “disgusted” with the behaviour of the ruling Tory group in East Yorkshire, and the “wilful refusal” of the Conservative Party nationally to intervene and control them.

    Commenting on his reasons for deciding to join UKIP, Mike said, “I believe as a member of UKIP, I will be able to speak up for the residents and represent their views on the Council. I also hope that with the election of other UKIP Councillors, I can help open this secretive Council up and make it more transparent and work better for the residents rather than to the benefit of the few.”

    “I also want to ensure that the Council works more closely in a strategic capacity with other agencies including, Hull City Council and Humberside Police amongst others. It is important that we remove ‘petty fiefdoms’ and ensure this region is not left behind when greater resources are devolved by the next Government.”

    Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader said, "I am delighted to be welcoming Mike to the party at this exciting time. His move to UKIP just underlines that today, the real party of opposition to Labour in the North is UKIP. It is another hammer blow to Tory pretensions in the north of England".

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  • 50% of people support Nigel Farage on HIV treatment

    CB1ci0SWYAA58o-.pngA YouGov poll for the Sunday Times shows that 50% of people support UKIP Leader Nigel Farage's stance that there should not be free treatment on the NHS for immigrants coming to the UK with HIV.

    Mr Farage highlighted the issue in the ITV's Leaders' Debate on Thursday and was roundly criticised by the political establishment but today's poll shows that his stance has the backing of the British people.

    A UKIP spokesman said: "This poll finding shows yet again the disconnect that exists between the Westminster bubble and much of the population. Nigel Farage is the one leader who has the political courage to raise difficult issues and clearly millions of voters agree with that stance."

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