• Hospital parking charges are a tax on the sick

    WkQugaNu.jpegUKIP Health Spokeswoman Suzanne Evans said, "It comes as no surprise that NHS Trusts in England have made some £7 million more on parking charges this year, plus at least another £2 million in fines over the past four years. Hospital parking charges are a stealth tax on the sick and their carers, and UKIP agrees with the Patient Association: they are unfair and should be abolished.

    "In this day and age, it wouldn’t be difficult to ensure only those in need accessed free hospital parking to prevent misuse. If every other car park with a barrier in the country can manage it, using a token or other access system, then so can NHS trusts. A one-off visit may not affect one person all that much, but for those who need to make repeated visits, the sums can mount up, especially if you’re kept waiting before you’re seen.

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  • British motorsport could end due to EU ruling

    Patrick.jpgThe outcome of a government consultation on a piece of EU insurance legislation could end motorsport in the UK. The consultation document gives an option of implementing the European Court decision known as the ‘Vnuk judgment’. The ruling makes it compulsory for anyone using any form of motorised transport to have third party damage and injury insurance. This will affect all participants in all forms of motorsport.

    The insurance industry has made it clear to government that third party risks for motorsport activities are uninsurable, not least because of the sheer number of potential vehicle damage claims that would arise. Therefore, if implemented, the Vnuk judgment would wipe out all legal motor and motorcycle sport activity.

    UKIP sport spokesman Patrick O'Flynn MEP said: "Motor sport adds billions to the UK economy and is also a very popular spectator and participant activity in our country.

    "Participants in all kinds of motor sport acknowledge the risks involved and we have seen great advances in safety standards over the years. It is therefore totally disproportionate for the Government even to contemplate implementing measures originating in the EU that could insure motor sport out of existence.

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  • A Christmas message from UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP

    NuttallMessage.jpgA tumultuous year in politics is almost at an end. This year the British people decided to change the course their country was set on. They chose a new path, writes UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.
    By a narrow but decisive majority, they opted to take back control of key decision-making. They decided that European political integration and indeed the whole era of globalisation had gone too far, hollowing-out their democracy and leaving most of them worse off both financially and in terms of the cohesion of their communities.

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  • Anis Amri's ability to travel across Europe shows why Schengen must go

    download_(1).jpgJohn Bickley, the UKIP Immigration spokesman has called for the end of Schengen agreement for the safety and security of Europe's peoples.

    "It gives no one in UKIP any pleasure whatsoever to state 'we warned you'. Nigel Farage made it patently clear earlier this year that ISIS would use the refugee crisis and Merkel's 'open door invite' to the Middle East to smuggle hundreds of jihadists into Europe.

    "The slaughter of innocents in Paris and Nice was no coincidence and the latest atrocity in Berlin shows that ISIS is now at war with Europe. The EU's continued support of Schengen and uncontrolled immigration both within and from outside the EU is both costing innocent lives, leaving hundreds with life threatening or life changing injuries and undermining social cohesion and our Judeo-Christian culture.

    "That Anis Amri was able to enter the EU from Tunisia, be jailed in Italy, escape to Germany, kill and maim in Berlin, then flee back to Italy, through France, where he was shot dead is testament to the failure of the EU to protect its citizens and control its internal and external borders.

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  • Reducing prisoner numbers is not the answer – only more prison officers will help

    Jane_PR_Img.jpgUKIP Home Affairs Spokeswoman, Jane Collins MEP, has blasted a letter to the Times by Nick Clegg, Ken Clarke, and Jacqui Smith, calling for prisoner numbers to be reduced by half, saying, “public safety must be paramount, not more unworkable left-wing ideology.”

    Miss Collins spoke out as prisons in the UK face meltdown in a series of riots and disturbances that have seen prison officers injured and riot teams drafted in to retake control.

    Speaking of the state of British prisons, Ms Collins said, “The only thing that will solve this crisis is a vast increase in the number of prison officers.”

    “Reducing the number of prisoners is not the answer and is simply the slippery slope to further cuts. It would also damage the public’s confidence in the courts ability to effectively deliver justice.

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  • Housing crisis for the young, but nobody mentions Migration

    RayFinch.jpegResponding to the LGA report on the collapse in home ownership among young people in recent years, Ray Finch MEP, UKIP Housing Spokesman said, "The truth is that successive governments of all stripes have, by a combination of their policies of unlimited migration and the removal of ability of local authorities to build new homes for rent, blighted the future for young people in this country.

    "We need to give local authorities the funding to build homes for local residents so that people once again have a stake in our society. Moreover these homes must be fit to raise a family in. Local authorities must be given the right to build on brown field sites decent housing and these houses must be allocated fairly to local people who have been waiting in many cases for more than a decade on their housing waiting lists. Our governments have failed our people for decades and it has resulted not just in overcrowding and unhealthy substandard private accommodation but in a loss of faith in our nation to take care of its own and to give ordinary hardworking and disadvantaged people a chance to make their lives liveable."

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  • Victoria Ayling has been appointed Heritage and Tourism spokesman

    IMG_1772.JPGUKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, "Victoria has proven her dedication to getting the best for British people by her experience as a Councillor and position on the NEC.

    "Unafraid to argue her point, Victoria will get the best deal for both the UK tourism industry and British holiday maker."

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  • Cllr Lisa Duffy announced as Foreign Aid Spokesman

    IMG_1770.JPGCllr Lisa Duffy said, "I am delighted to have been chosen by Paul Nuttall to advance UKIP's case in this very important policy area.

    "I shall be seeking to show how Britain can be a true friend to people in developing countries while also sending far less of our taxpayers' money overseas -often to corrupt regimes - in outdated aid programmes.

    "Under my stewardship UKIP will remain the party that refuses to endorse politically correct and bloated aid programmes which fail to offer the best path to growing prosperity for poorer countries."

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  • Tim Aker announced as Key Seats Co-ordinator

    IMG_1769.JPGCllr Tim Aker MEP said, "I am delighted to be appointed Key Seats Co-ordinator by Paul Nuttall.

    "My focus will be to make sure we are ready to win our target seats at the next general election.

    "While the party will have teams focusing on local elections, by-elections and training our candidates, I will be making sure we build up a strong ground game in the target seats that we can win at the next General Election.

    "Experts rank over 200 parliamentary constituencies as more favourable for UKIP than Thurrock.

    "Despite this we have built up a fantastic operation here. Winning local elections the last three years on the bounce as well as coming within 900 votes of winning the parliamentary seat at my first attempt. This is my opportunity to export the Thurrock magic to other branches, to help them with canvassing, casework and constituency matters."

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  • Decision to deny bail for Sergeant Blackman is 'an absolute disgrace' says Mike Hookem

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Veterans Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has blasted a decision by judges not to release Sgt. Alex Blackman on bail saying, "its an absolute disgrace."

    Sgt. Alexander Blackman - known as Marine A - is currently serving a sentence for murder following the killing of a fatally wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2011.

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