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  • We must prioritise Christian refugees

    Following the former Archbishop of Canterbury’s article in the Daily Telegraph today, UKIP Deputy Leader Peter Whittle AM said:

    "UKIP have been saying from the very beginning of the refugee crisis that there needs to be a prioritisation of Christian refugees from Syria, due to the nature of the extreme persecution they are facing at the hands of Islamic extremists.

    "We are glad to see that the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has echoed these concerns today and hope that the government will take action to ensure they receive the protection and help they so desperately need."

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  • Grammar Schools need more than virtue signalling

    DavidKurtenWeb.jpgUKIP Education Spokesman David Kurten AM said, "Despite her virtuous words of wanting to make sure that grammar schools cater to ‘ordinary families’, Education Secretary Justine Greening does not appear to have any coherent plan to ensure that this will happen.

    "The best way to make sure that all ‘ordinary families’ have access to a grammar school is to roll them out over the whole country so that every town, city and borough has one and all children have the opportunity of a highly academic education if it suits them.

    "There are only 164 grammar schools currently remaining in England. The government’s current plan is to deliver a few dozen new grammar schools through the free school system. This is not enough; the country needs hundreds more grammar schools distributed around the country and particularly in areas which don’t currently have one and where ‘ordinary families’ actually live.

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  • 390,000 reasons to stop uncontrolled EU immigration now

    UKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, "Despite the spin from Government, the Labour and Liberal Democrats that the current scale of immigration, particularly from the EU, is unreservedly good for the UK, the ONS has let the cat out of the bag by stating that 390,000 EU migrants are out of work and likely to be claiming benefits, including child benefit for children who don't even live in the UK.

    "How many non EU migrants are out of work claiming benefits? How many asylum seekers are claiming benefits? The total numbers are being hidden from the British public because there would be an outcry if the truth came out.

    "British taxpayers are being taken for mugs, paying to subsidise migrants who haven't paid into the pot but are enjoying generous benefits they wouldn't receive in their home country. No wonder the UK is such a magnet for migrants.

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  • Nuttall condemns the oppression of Gay men in Chechenya

    Reports are coming out of Chechnya, about the arrests, imprisonment, torture and in some cases murder of gay men. Paul Nuttall, the UKIP leader has condemned the actions of the Putin backed warlord Ramzan Kadyrov,

    "If these reports are true, and it looks like they are, then the Government must protest in the strongest manner.

    "Just because the warlord of this Islamic fiefdom is an ally of Putin should not blind us to the horrific abuse of human rights being perpetrated.

    "Putin claims to oppose Isis and its blend of fundamentalism in Syria but seems to be impervious to decency. He has the power to stop this inhumanity. The Government should demand that he does."

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  • UKIP to continue fight against New Thames Crossing

    17918325_1897826400431082_833115_n.pngToday's announcement that the Conservative Government will be pressing ahead with the Option C, Variant 3 option for a new Lower Thames Crossing, which will devastate the local community in Thurrock, is incredibly disappointing.

    Cllr Tim Aker MEP said: "Highways England received their largest number of responses in any consultation in objection to another Thames Crossing. Their persistence shows that this was a sham consultation, a PR exercise by a Government with its fingers in its ears.

    "Thurrock suffers from high pollution levels, congestion and infrastructure under strain as it is. Adding more traffic to this will destroy the standard of living we have here in Thurrock. This new crossing will cost billions and will only take 14% of traffic from the Dartford Crossing. As our population increases and new pull factors on the borough emerge, this will do nothing. Nothing about the Government's ridiculous plans make sense. They just want to dump on Thurrock - again.

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  • Domestic abuse victims withdraw support for charges against abusers

    MargotParker.jpgUKIP Women and Equalities spokesperson Margot Parker has highlighted the growing concern over thousands of domestic violence victims withdrawing support for charges against abusers after Government cuts

    Reports have revealed more than 160,000 victims of domestic violence have been affected – a 40 per cent leap from 2015 to 2016

    She said: “This is becoming an increasing concern – it highlights that cuts to policing and specialist services for victims of domestic abuse are pushing people back into dangerous situations, while allowing abusers to escape justice.

    “Only last week I praised the work of a Women’s Aid centre in Boston and many others up and down our country, which do sterling work for women.

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  • UKIP Councillors call for immediate action on a united unionist election strategy

    UKIP’s Northern Ireland Councillors have called for all unionist parties to enter into serious talks about united unionist election strategies to maximise the pro-union vote in any future elections.

    “Northern Ireland’s position within the United Kingdom is a matter which over-rides the marginal differences which now separate the unionist parties. It is a matter which all pro-union parties must address in the light of Sinn Fein’s devious attempts to link opposition to Brexit to a vote for a united Ireland.

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  • Paul Nuttall has condemned the US missile strikes on Syria as 'Trigger Happy'

    Paul.jpgPaul Nuttall, the UKIP leader has condemned the missile attack on Syria as, "rash, trigger happy, nonsensical and will achieve nothing."

    "The whole world rightly condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but the US attack on the Assad regime does nothing to lower tensions, nor will it hasten peace in that country.

    "Too often rash responses to horrific situations are about the conscience of the attacker, rather than a clear-headed response to an awful situation.

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  • Statement from the UKIP Party Chairman

    UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden said, "We are disappointed to hear that Mark Reckless has decided to leave UKIP in order to join the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly.

    "When Mark joined UKIP in 2014 we admired his long-term commitment to Brexit and his decision to put his country first.

    "Having been elected as a Conservative in Rochester & Strood, Mark didn't think it right to sit as an MP for another party without asking the electorate for their endorsement in a by-election. A position that was right as it was honourable. In the campaign that followed, our membership worked incredibly hard to ensure that Mark retained his seat.

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  • Jeremy Corbyn wants to see a return to the class war politics of the past

    DavidKurtenWeb.jpgUKIP Education Spokesman David Kurten today lambasted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's announcement that he will add VAT to private school fees:

    "Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to add VAT to private schools fees is a return to the class war politics of the past and will be entirely counter-productive.

    "The Independent Schools sector accounts for around 650,000 pupils; roughly around 6.5% of the school population.

    "Adding VAT onto private school tuition will squeeze the already overstretched middle classes forcing many parents to send their children to schools in the state sector, further adding to the shortage of places and increasing the strain they are already facing.

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