• Life Sentences for killer drivers welcome, but work still to do

    Jane_PR_Img.jpgUKIP’s new Home Affairs Spokesman, Jane Collins MEP, has welcomed moves to introduce life sentences for drivers convicted of death by dangerous driving, saying, “this is a victory against light sentences for criminal drivers, but we still have work to do.”

    “The fact is, the public will no longer tolerate criminal drivers walking free from court,” Ms Collins added.
    Ms Collins comment come after ministers reacted to a long campaign by motoring groups, which highlighted how drivers convicted of death by dangerous driving face an average of four years in prison, while 111 have walked free from court over the last decade (up to 2015).

    Speaking of the potential change in sentencing, Ms Collins said, “to me, people choosing to drink or drug drive; who participate in racing; or play with a mobile phone at the wheel; are doing so knowing they have the potential to kill.”

    “Therefore, sentencing for crimes of this nature should be no differently from that of involuntary manslaughter.”

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  • Christopher Mills reappointed Business Spokesman

    ChristopherMillsRole.jpgChristopher Mills said, "I am delighted and honoured to be part of Paul's new team going forward. The opportunities provided by this June's historic referendum result provide a strong foundation to build on UKIP's strengths.

    "We now have a very strong team, with talent apparent in all departments.

    In the business brief I intend to continue to make the case for strong, sensible regulation, which takes into account the unique aspects of the UK business model, rather than having rules that reflect other, and often anti-business dynamics".

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  • Jonathan Arnott MEP appointed Constitutional Affairs Spokesman

    JonathanArnottRole.jpgJonathan Arnott MEP said, "UKIP has achieved our goal of winning the Brexit referendum and power must now be returned from Brussels to Westminster. But that's only half of the job done: we now need to take that same power and put it right back in the hands of the great British people where it belongs. It means ensuring that our MPs take responsibility for their own actions, so that corrupt politicians can be recalled and drummed out of office. It means letting the public call binding referendums on issues that matter to them. It means a fairer electoral system, it means reform of the House of Lords, and it means ensuring a fair deal for the English, the Welsh, the Scottish and the Northern Irish so that no part of our United Kingdom can feel disadvantaged or left out.

    "Most importantly of all, it means fiercely protecting our sovereignty, so that never again can a Parliament sign us up to an undemocratic supranational organisation like the European Union. When we, the people, invest power in a Parliament at a General Election we expect it to be returned to us, intact, at the following election.

    "UKIP is, and must always be, the Party that keeps the flame of democracy alive. If we want to increase turnout at elections, we have to begin by putting more power into the hands of the people. Our opponents will call it populism; we call it democracy."

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  • Margot Parker MEP appointed Equalities and Womens Issues Spokesman

    MargotParkerRole.jpgMargot Parker MEP said: “I am delighted to be named the first UKIP spokesman for Women and Equalities These important issues need to be promoted without patronising tokenism, virtue-signalling and political correctness.

    “I am pleased UKIP has recognised the importance of addressing ongoing issues facing women, including the protection of vulnerable women and girls and helping women enter and succeed in the work place on equal terms.

    “We also need to offer solutions to wider problems facing communities around the world, such as Christians and other minority religions experiencing persecution.”

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  • Andrew Charalambous appointed Work and Pensions Spokesman

    AndrewChamRole.jpgAndrew Charalambous said, “I am honoured and privileged to serve as Work and Pensions Spokesman. Under Paul the best is yet to come for UKIP and for Great Britain.

    “Work and Pensions is the single biggest sector of government spending, and we will give the British taxpayer exceptional value for money. Today our elderly are paying the price for the political failures of successive Tory and Labour governments. Under UKIP nobody will be forgotten, nobody left behind. We will give British pensioners the respect they deserve by increasing pensions to reflect current standards of living, taking tens of thousands out of poverty. It is disgraceful that British pensions are 'worse than in most of Europe'.

    “On the other side of the coin, millions of people currently in their twenties are facing the prospect of working till they are 70 before receiving state pension.

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  • Cllr Peter Reeve reappointed Local Government Spokesman

    PeteReeveRole.jpgCllr Reeve stated "I am delighted to be reappointed as the Local Government Spokesman for the Party. UKIP Councillors are passionate about the real and positive difference they are making to people's lives and their local communities. Our 500 Councillors across the country have already made a huge positive impact in the communities that they represent and will continue to do so.

    "With our new Party Leader, who understands the importance of Local Government in achieving our task of standing up for ordinary working people and getting our Country and our local communities back on track, UKIP will become an unstoppable force."

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  • Jane Collins MEP becomes UKIP Home Affairs Spokesman

    JaneCollinsRole.jpgJane Collins MEP has said she is “delighted with the opportunity to bring about positive change”, after being named as UKIP’s new Home Affairs Spokeswoman, in a reshuffle prompted by the election of Paul Nuttall as party leader.

    Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire MEP, Ms. Collins, who has been out of the public eye in recent months following major surgery, went on to described her new role as the “best remedy ever.”

    Following the announcement, Ms Collins said, “I’m looking forward to forming a strong team with the UKIP spokesmen on justice and immigration to put together a package of cohesive, common sense proposals and policies, which will benefit all.”

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  • Cllr David Sprason appointed Welfare and Social Policy Spokesman


    Cllr David Sprason said, "I am delighted that Paul has chosen me to be Party Spokesman for Welfare and Social Care. I previously was the Leader for Social Care in my authority and under my watch it was rated one of the best departments in the country. In that time I gained knowledge and understanding of how the welfare system impacts on the most vulnerable in our society.

    "Our social care system has been underfunded by Labour and Conservative governments for years. The Social Care system is at breaking point, a recent LGA analysis puts the funding gap at £2.6 billion, which means more people are having to use their savings and sell their homes to pay for their care. The Chancellor's Autumn Statement did nothing to address the shortage in the funding gap.

    "The welfare system should be available when it is people need it, instead we have a system that is actually targeting the most vulnerable in society. We need a reformed system that is not abused by welfare tourists, looks after those who cannot work, and does not act as a disincentive for people to find work.”

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  • Suzanne Evans appointed Health Spokesman

    SuzanneEvansRole.jpgSuzanne Evans said, “As the Party's Health Spokesman I will be showing that not only is the NHS safe in UKIP’s hands, but that UKIP is the only party truly prepared to mount a meaningful crackdown on health tourism so that the precious resources of the NHS can be secured for the British people. It is, after all, they who pay into the pot to fund it."

    UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, "Suzanne is an accomplished policy maker and has an unshakeable commitment to delivering the best possible NHS for the British people."

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  • Ernie Warrender appointed Small Business Spokesman

    ErnieWarrenderRole.jpgErnie Warrender said, "I am absolutely delighted at being appointed UKIP Spokesman for Small Business, the Engine Room of The British Economy.

    "Whilst firmly believing that small business is beautiful, my ambitions for this sector are large. I am passionately concerned about building the UK into a Global powerhouse, creating 1000s of jobs for youngsters, ensuring there are equal opportunities for women and making sure the UK becomes an 'Economic Powerhouse of the world' in the 21st Century. This will be achieved, in no small part, by SME companies and as the only national political spokesman for Small Business, representing a committed Brexit voice of the future, not a committed Remain voice of the past, I will ensure this voice is heard on behalf of all UK Small Businesses."

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