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  • Hang out the flags for St George’s Day this Sunday

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    “We are on our way to freedom from the suffocating grip of the European Union and there has not been such a cause for celebration for many a year.

    “And it means that EU flags should no longer be flown at public buildings in England and instead the flag of St George should be fluttering in their place.

    “I have always believed that England’s patron saint should be properly honoured and I really do think St George’s Day should be declared a Bank Holiday.

    “It is something I have long mooted and how fantastic if it could be brought in to mark the end of our EU membership and the regaining of our independence,” said UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall.

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  • Action not Political correctness needed as new Welsh FGM figures revealed

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    Political correctness or plain incompetence to deal with the problem is leading to a shocking number of girls suffering genital mutilation in Wales, says one of the country’s assembly members. The charge comes as new figures show a new case of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is discovered by maternity staff in Wales every week. The figures have been branded ‘the tip of the iceberg’ by the charity Welsh Women’s Aid, who estimate that 2,000 women in Wales are living with FGM and many more are at risk of suffer the abuse. Although the practice of carrying out FGM has been illegal since 1985, to date there has not been a single prosecution for carrying out the procedure in Wales.

    Michelle Brown, UKIP’s Assembly member for North Wales, has previously spoken in the Senedd out about the need for a better strategy for eradicating FGM, she said: “Since my election a year ago, I have raised concerns about the lack of action against this disgusting crime on numerous occasions.

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  • Patrick O'Flynn returns as economic spokesman

    Patrick.jpgUKIP Leader Paul Nuttall has appointed Patrick O'Flynn MEP as the party's economic spokesman.

    Mr O'Flynn, who served in the same role at the last general election said: "I am delighted and honoured to take charge of UKIP's economic portfolio again.

    "I am greatly looking forward to working with our manifesto team to produce the best economic policies for Britain and another robustly costed manifesto which bears down on public sector waste while finding more money for our priorities such as the NHS and defence.

    "I shall also be speaking up against tax rises on working people. It is obvious that Philip Hammond is 

    planning to use the election to free himself from promises made in 2015 not to raise tax.

    "I have little doubt that he is planning to bring back the national insurance increases for the self-employed t

    hat he was previously forced to abandon."

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  • Government's Tax and Waste culture

    Paul Nuttall said: "Philip Hammond says he has no ideological desire to raise taxes, but what is crystal clear is he that has no desire whatever to cut wasteful spending.

    "For a Chancellor to line up new tax rises on the same day as the prime minister has signaled the foreign aid bonanza will continue is deeply disappointing.

    "The Government is still spending huge sums wastefully, whether on the aid budget, its HS2 vanity project and many others.

    "The fat cats at the top of the public sector have also seen their salary packages continue to grow while frontline staff have suffered wage freezes.

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  • UKIP are not afraid to say charity begins at home

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    Responding to the Prime Minister confirming the Conservative Party's commitment to the 0.7% foreign aid funding target, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, "The foreign aid budget which is due to go up to £15 billion by 2020 is an absolute outrage. It costs the British people £30 million every single day.

    "UKIP is the only party that wants to see a drastic reduction in the foreign aid budget and to see that money spent on our NHS instead.

    "We want to see British taxpayers' money spent here in our country on our own people. We are not afraid to say 'charity begins at home'".

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  • MEPs call on Trump to dump the Paris climate deal

    Twenty Members of the European parliament from six EU member-states have written an open letter to President Donald J. Trump calling for early implementation of his campaign pledge to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Treaty. In their letter, they say that a US withdrawal from the Paris accord "would effectively neuter it, to the benefit of us all". They applaud the new and more positive approach which President Trump is taking to climate and energy issues, and say they "are pressing for similar policies on this (European) side of the Atlantic".

    They also raise their concerns about the EPA's "endangerment" finding with regard to CO2, and urge the President to revisit the issue. They argue that the finding "has no sound basis in science, but provides a pretext for damaging and extreme environmental policies".

    Commenting on the letter, UKIP's Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer, who set up the initiative, said "It is clear that the EU's extreme green policies are doing huge damage to EU industry and EU competitiveness, and are driving energy-intensive industries out of the EU entirely, taking their jobs and their investments with them. At the same time these policies have a trivial effect on the climate. Billions spent on "green" investments amount to little more than gesture politics and virtue-signalling from politicians spending other people's money".

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  • Numbers do matter Minister

    UKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, "Trusting Theresa May and the Tories to control immigration is as safe a bet as expecting a pub team from the 'Dog & Duck' to win the World Cup!

    "As both Home Secretary and now Prime Minister Theresa May 'promised' to reduce immigration to the 'tens of thousands' - a promise and a pledge that has completely and utterly failed.

    "Even the Home Office under Theresa May was concerned that many students coming into the UK, allegedly to study, would disappear off the border agency's radar and into the black economy.

    "Fudging student numbers looks like a ruse to massage the immigration statistics and con the British people into believing immigration is coming down, when in fact under the Tories it's been out of control, running at over 500,000 a year.

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  • Solid support for UKIP across the West Midlands

    thumbnail_mayorbus.jpgPollsters are putting UKIP in third place in the race for the first elected mayor of the West Midlands.

    The results of the poll – which place the party’s candidate Pete Durnell clearly ahead of the Lib Dems – have been welcomed by James Carver, one of the region’s three UKIP MEPs.

    Mr Carver said the Birmingham Mail poll underlined the relevance of UKIP as the nation heads towards the general election on June 8.

    Labour and the Conservatives each look set to get around 33 per cent of first preference votes, but the online survey of 2,500 Trinity Mirror readers shows UKIP is going to make a difference in the mayoral election with a 15.7 per cent share of the vote – steaming ahead of the Lib Dems on just 7.4 per cent.

    Mr Durnell said: “Although lagging a little behind Conservative and Labour, this survey reflects solid support for UKIP across the region, and for the central theme of my campaign, which is to be absolutely open and honest with voters at all times.”

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  • We welcome the chance to put UKIP's positive message to the electorate on June 8

    Paul.jpgFollowing the Prime Minister's announcement of a General Election on June 8, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said: "We welcome the opportunity to take UKIP's positive message to the country.

    "However, we believe that the Prime Minister's decision to call this election is a cynical decision driven more by the weakness of Corbyn's Labour Party rather than the good of the country.

    "There is also the prospect of a slew of Tory held by-elections caused by the seeming systematic breach of electoral law at the last election, predominantly in places where UKIP were pressing the Conservatives hard.

    "We are in the midst of Brexit negotiations so this election will provide a perfect opportunity for the 52% to vote for UKIP the only party wholeheartedly committed to a clean quick and efficient Brexit."

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  • Liz Truss makes fresh attempt to fast-track deportations

    Following the news that Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary, has announced a new proposal for a new limit for appeals by failed asylum seekers and foreign criminals after a previous scheme was ruled unlawful UKIP Immigration spokesman John Bickley said, "Fat cat, taxpayer funded lawyers, liberal judges and self serving government bureaucracies have made it easy for bogus asylum seekers to play the system and remain in the UK for months, sometimes years at a time.

    "It's time the government played hardball and put an absolute limit on the time asylum cases take to process and failed asylum seekers can remain in the UK.

    "Putting responsibility for law and order back into the hands of Parliament is key to UKIP’s approach to law and order, justice and internal security across the British Isles.

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