• Clegg and Miliband should accept that the British people voted to leave the Single Market and get their country back

    Today in the European Parliament Nigel Farage MEP, speaking in the conclusions of the European Council debate, confronted the British and European establishment that is stalling on Brexit. He stated that the British referendum is something they cannot ignore and that it is in everyone’s mutual interest to get on with it and secure a sensible, tariff-free trade deal.

    Nigel Farage MEP commented: “Frankly the whole thing is a disgrace and it’s even worse that it is supported by quislings in the British parliament, people like Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, who are desperate to keep Britain inside this awful Single Market. Well I’m sorry but it simply isn’t going to happen.”

    “If you think by delaying Brexit, if you think by stopping Brexit, you are going to help your own businesses, your own industries, you’re wrong. It is in the mutual interest of all of us to get on with this and conclude a sensible, straight-forward, tariff-free deal.”

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  • Enough of the Heathrow airport talk – it’s time for action

    Jill_Seymour.jpegResponding to the Government’s approval for a third runway at Heathrow airport, UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour said: "I’ve always been opposed to this blinkered idea that building a third runway at Heathrow is the only real solution to our aviation issues. We should be expanding capacity at all of our regional airports across the UK instead – places such as Birmingham, for example, which has plenty of capacity for growth without the need for an extra runway.

    "But whatever people’s views about the expansion of Heathrow, it’s vital now that the Government cracks on with delivering what we seem to have been talking about for years.  Other countries have built entire new airports while the UK Government has been pontificating about what to do over the Heathrow third runway issue. It’s been a case of too much talk, and not enough action.”
    She added: "I feel for the people living around the Heathrow area, who have been watching and waiting for nearly 20 years now, uncertain about what the future holds for them. To make them wait another year before this comes to Parliament is a complete dereliction of care towards all of those whose lives are being impacted.

    "No, UKIP doesn't support Heathrow, but like a Remain supporter after the referendum, we accept the decision and demand that the Government get on with it."

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  • Margot Parker rails against the lack of action on FGM within the UK as well as the EU

    Margot_3.jpgUKIP MEP Margot Parker said: "FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years – including if girls are sent ‘home’ to be mutilated in the name of culture. Despite robust legislation existing to stop this abuse from occurring, there has not been a single conviction in all that time. There is no religious requirement for girls to undergo FGM, so even that flimsiest of excuses is absent. This is entirely about keeping women in their place, asserting power over them and destroying their sexual identities. The practice is abhorrent and is something we should, as a society, make clear is not acceptable under any circumstances and politically correct cultural sensitivities be damned!

    "Exact figures of European-resident girls and women who have undergone FGM, or are in danger of having it imposed upon them, are difficult to come by due to the secrecy of the practice and the closed nature of many immigrant communities, but the estimated numbers are staggering – about half a million. The UK is a lot more capable of stating how prevalent this vile practice is in our own country than many European nations. As many as 170,000 women in the UK are thought to be living with the consequences of this barbarism with 65,000 girls under the age of 13 currently at risk.

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  • Emissions charge plans are demonising drivers

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP’s Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour MEP has accused the Mayor of London of ‘demonising’ drivers by proposing a £10 emissions surcharge for the use of older cars in the city.

    She said the plans, which are due to come into force next October, were totally out of proportion, and would penalise families which were least able to afford it.

    “Once again, the authorities are treating the motorist as a cash cow, to be milked at will,” she said. “This policy will hit elderly drivers and less affluent families the hardest. It is not the car which is causing the worst air pollution in our cities. It is large diesel engine vehicles such as buses, trains and trucks. Yes once again, it is the car driver which is targeted.

    “In a perfect world, of course everyone would like to be driving round in a luxurious new car fitted with the latest environmentally-friendly features, but the majority of people can’t afford it.”

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  • A 50 year wait for homes in London is a disgrace

    PeterHarris.jpgPeople in the borough of Barking and Dagenham now face a 50-year wait for a council house, a senior Councillor from the ruling Labour Group has said in a forthcoming BBC documentary. Maureen Worby, the councillor in charge of social care for Barking and Dagenham, told a local meeting with regard to the waiting list for council housing: “Do you know what – it’s not a 10-year wait, it’s a 50-year wait.”

    The BBC documentary, ‘No Place to Call Home’ to be broadcast on BBC 2 at 9pm tonight, is the culmination of nine months the team behind the programme spent following housing officials and the people they are trying to help in the borough. Among those featured are a 54-year-old special needs teacher forced to sleep in her car after losing her job, a family with a young son who have spent three years sleeping on friends’ sofas and a young woman who does not qualify for help despite having tried to kill herself.

    Peter Harris, UKIP's Chairman in Barking and Dagenham, and a former Parliamentary candidate for the area said, "This Labour Council should be charged with criminal neglect. Even with the knowledge of the chronic shortage of Social Housing, their current house building plans simply fail to address this situation.

    "The programme's findings are no surprise to me or thousands of local residents. The chronic housing situation here is abysmal and is as a direct result of decades of failed policies from both Conservative and Labour Governments.

    "I am contacted every week by residents that find themselves homeless or living in overcrowded and unsuitable accommodation. Many are desperate for someone to help as they feel the council are not listening.

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  • Nominations open for Party Leader candidates

    Our Party Chairman Paul Oakden writes, 

    At a meeting of our National Executive Committee this afternoon, the process was agreed for selecting who will become the new Leader of UKIP.

    These next few weeks will be incredibly important, in deciding which direction our party will now travel. We know that our grassroots are now optimistically looking forward to getting behind our new Leader.

    Having listened to the concerns of members during our last leadership election, this process is not only designed to be efficient and speedy, it is also designed to give as many members as possible the opportunity to put their name forward. It will also seek to ensure that those members applying have the requisite commitment before submitting their application form.

    We are now inviting members to apply, which they can do by clicking here.

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  • More good news for SMEs

    Margot_11_(1).jpgMargot Parker, UKIP’s small business spokesman and MEP for the East Midlands, says she is pleased at the news of increased investment in exports by small businesses.

    “The SME confidence tracker shows more small businesses are looking at exporting than before the referendum vote in June. It is clear the potential for global trade after Brexit is being realised by many small businesses and they are already looking at ways to grasp the many opportunities we will now have.

    “It is quite revealing – only six per cent of small businesses exported to the EU, yet all were subject to EU laws and regulations. That so many more already feel liberated to more fully engage with the world is very encouraging and I am sure we will see these figures continue to rise as the UK reclaims its place as a global trading nation.

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  • Stop the NHS parking scam

    PaulNuttall1.jpgOne third of hospital trusts have increased their car parking charges despite pledges of a Government clampdown. An investigation reveals that some hospitals are now charging four times as much as city centre car parks, with sick patients and those visiting loved ones paying up to £4 an hour. The figures show that in the last year, one third of NHS trusts have increased their average charge for a three-hour period.

    Paul Nuttall MEP said: “It is disgraceful that hospital trusts continue to hike up the costs of hospital car parking. Hospital parking charges hit people when they are typically at their most stressed and anxious. Going to hospital as a patient or visitor is a stressful enough thing at the best of times. But when car parks are run as revenue maximising assets rather than as a facility for people it adds significantly to the stress.

    “We in UKIP have for many years opposed hospital car parking charges as we regard them as little more than a tax on the sick and the vulnerable. Plus carers have a tough enough time as it is without expecting them to fork out every time they offer up their time to visit someone in hospital.

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  • Margot Parker MEP urges Government to make Brexit a success

    Margot_11_(1).jpgMargot Parker, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, believes the Government should explore using as many tools as possible to make Brexit a success, saying “As a country we already have links around the world, especially through the Commonwealth, as well as the infrastructure and institutions to make our re-engagement with the world a massive success.

    “Opposition to the very concept of Brexit by certain institutions and even Government departments might cause some very good opportunities to be missed – possibly even intentionally.

    “One example is the BBC World Service. The World Service reaches 100's of millions of people every week in an impressive, and growing, array of languages. While retaining more impartiality than the parts of the BBC focused on domestic broadcasting, we must make sure the World Service does not serve as a vehicle for ‘talking down’ the UK post-Brexit – indeed, it should do the opposite.

    “Given its audience and penetration, and aspirations to reach even more people all over the world, even a neutral tone when dealing with Brexit would be helpful and go a long way towards compensating for the more hysterical coverage and statements some are making in the UK.

    “Since the World Service is funded by Government, specifically the department now run by Boris Johnson, I would hope its potential to be a massive and positive contributor to how the world sees the UK is fully explored and utilised.

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  • Court of Auditors Report 2015 – the silliest examples of waste with big money

    thumbnail_COAMAINSTILL.jpgThe European Union's Court of Auditors has failed to give the accounts a clean bill of health for the 22nd year in a row. The report, which can be read here, blasts the payments underlying the accounts as being 'materially affected by error', leading the Court to issue an adverse opinion on the legality and regularity of the payments underlying the accounts. An adverse opinion is rare in accountancy, and is issued only in serious cases where there has been a substantial departure from generally accepted accounting principles.

    In the 320-page report, the Court of Auditors blasted various examples of EU waste and mismanagement. But the Court of Auditor's findings only told a small part of the true scale of EU wastefulness, because only a small sample of all expenditure is scrutinised by the Court. There are undoubtedly many similar examples which will simply never be found. The error rate is 3.8%, almost double the 2% threshold which is the maximum considered acceptable by the Court of Auditors, affecting a whopping €5.4 billion of EU spending.

    UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, a member of the EP's budget control committee said: "It's a good thing that the British people voted to leave the European Union when we did because the levels of waste and bureaucracy are absolutely breath-taking. That's the nature of a system that simply isn't fit for purpose.

    "These examples of waste would make you think the EU is being run by 'Count Von Count' from Sesame Street. Taxpayers' money is being wasted left, right and centre, the EU has obviously lost control of the money tap. I am sure that when we're outside the EU we can cut waste, when we can cut out the middleman and look after our own businesses ourselves."

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