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  • Anger at Government’s decision to press ahead with HS2

    P1000955-300x225.jpgUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has expressed her disappointment at the Government’s decision to press ahead with the HS2 rail link – despite growing protests over the spiralling cost of the project. Mrs Seymour, who has been a vocal opponent of the scheme since it was first announced, dismissed claims by transport secretary Chris Grayling that the line was needed ‘more than ever’.

    She said: “HS2 has never been needed. It is just a vanity project with an ever-growing budget, which is edging closer to the £100 billion mark. It will never pay its way, and will always be a burden on the taxpayer.

    “Today’s news is a huge disappointment. I had hoped that Prime Minister Theresa May was going to see sense, and either scrap HS2 altogether, or at the very least seek a cheaper alternative. But it is clear that the Government remains hell-bent on throwing billions of pounds at HS2, when it would be much wiser to concentrate on improving our ageing nationwide infrastructure.

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  • Margot Parker MEP to speak at ground-breaking India Week in Stamford

    Margot_11_(1).jpgMargot Parker MEP will visit Stamford Endowed School on Friday to help celebrate India Week. The school has recently won a Discovery Democracy Award from HM Cabinet Office and is now forging links with two schools in Vellore, India, through a new project - Lincs to India. The project is being led by students from different age groups and chaired by Year 12 pupil Zishi Zhang. The venture will include fundraising, sending books and hopefully, introducing computers. A long term goal is for exchanges to be organised where visits can take place in both countries.

    Margot will talk at the event, focusing on empowering women to gain an education and create their own way in life. She said: "I was delighted to be asked to speak at the event and I am very much looking forward to seeing how the school is continuing to establish links between the two communities to foster mutual understanding and tolerance.

    "Many world and government organisations have agreed that the most effective methods of creating knowledge, dialogue and economic effectiveness is through small scale operations which are easier to manage and can stay true to their founding ideals.

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  • Roger Helmer MEP to host screening of 'Climate Hustle'

    Roger_Helmer.jpegRoger Helmer MEP has organised a special screening of the highly-acclaimed film Climate Hustle. He said: "The film takes apart the case for 'catastrophic global warming' and exposes the lies, exaggerations and misinterpretations which underlie the new religion of 'warmism'."

    The“Climate Hustle” film was created by Climate Depot, the US think-tank and advocacy group and Mr Helmer has arranged a screening of it in Brussels next week, Wednesday, October 19, at 3pm. The event will be open to visitors and anyone interested can pre-register at roger.helmer-office@europarl.europa.eu. Those attending should should arrive an hour beforehand, to allow for the Parliament’s extensive registration and security procedures.

    Roger Helmer said: "We have Marc Morano, perhaps the most prominent campaigner against climate alarmism, and a co-author of the film, attending the event. He will speak and take questions. If you ever thought 97 per cent of scientists back 'warmism', or that we’re about to cross a catastrophic tipping point, or that the human race will be reduced to a few thousand people scraping an existence at the South Pole, this film will reassure you."

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  • Hammer blow for Labour in Hartlepool

    john-CLEAR.pngUKIP has won a crucial Council by-election in Hartlepool from Labour. The Headland and Harbour campaign was one that focused on local issues, and local policies. This result leaves Labour with 19 seats on Hartlepool Borough Council and UKIP rising from 5 to 6 seats following a brace of wins this May. 

    UKIP Group Leader, Cllr John Tennant said, “Obviously, we’re extremely happy with getting almost 50% of the vote. It is quite a hammer blow for Labour in what was traditionally a strong Labour area. It was a hard fought campaign, thousands of doors were knocked on, leaflets delivered and a strong local campaign with support from across the region.

    "I am pleased to add Tim to our growing group of Councillors in Hartlepool. I’d also like to thank the many activists who helped us over the line. The fight continues and we will do everything we can in Hartlepool to challenge Labour at Civic Centre."

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  • Margot Parker welcomes Priti Patel's message to World Bank with cautious optimism

    Margot_3.jpgUKIP MEP Margot Parker has greeted news of the message Priti Patel, minister for International Development, will deliver to the World Bank with cautious optimism. Mrs Parker said:
     
    “I am encouraged to see Priti Patel taking a firm line on the spending of British tax-payer’s money on foreign aid – this is a welcome contrast from the naïve, spendthrift attitude we saw in the Tory party under David Cameron.
     
    “A discussion desperately needs to be had about the size of our foreign aid contributions, but while we are committed by law to spend 0.7% of GNP on aid we need to make sure that money is spent a lot better and a lot smarter – something Mrs Patel seems to understand.
     
    “Emphasising spending on poor nations and not those who are more capable of self-sufficiency seems an obvious step, and it is a damning indictment of how things were handled previously that this was not the automatic way things were done.
     
    “Perhaps this is another ‘new’ Tory policy gleaned from the 2015 UKIP manifesto, which quite clearly condemned at the wastage in the current approach while acknowledging the importance of medical and humanitarian interventions.

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  • I am feeling fine - Statement by Steven Woolfe MEP

    Speaking from the hospital in Strasbourg, UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe said:

    "The CT scan has shown that there is no blood clot in the brain. At the moment I am feeling brighter, happier, and smiling as ever. As a precaution, I am being kept in overnight awaiting secondary tests to make sure everything in fine.

    "I would like everyone to know that the parliamentary staff, the UKIP MEPs with me and hospital staff have been brilliant. Their care has been exceptional. I am sitting up, and said to be looking well. The only consequence at the moment is a bit of numbness on the left hand side of my face."

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  • She's not the Iron Lady, It's more Tinfoil Theresa

    Tim_hi_res_photo_2015.jpgCllr Tim Aker MEP said: "Theresa May tried to pass herself off as the Iron Lady, when we actually got Tinfoil Theresa. No substance, no mandate, no direction.

    "Actions speak louder than words and Theresa May can't change her record. She increased net immigration to a third of a million while telling voters it would be less than 100,000. She voted Remain and is trying to convince the country she was Leave's biggest champion. The Tories must think the country is stupid not to notice. It wasn't long ago Theresa May wanted to bomb the road to Damascus, not walk it.

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  • Manston: The epic failure of Sir Roger Gale

    ChrisWells.jpgAfter more than two years of campaigning, two years of promising, and two years unwavering support of Riveroak proposals, North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale has blown an unrivalled opportunity to present his own and campaigners' vision and business case for a revived Manston Airport.

    In preparing their report on the Viability of Manston Airport, internationally respected aviation consultants AVIA heard both Riveroak and Sir Roger's case for the sustainability of a freight hub based operation at Manston, and concluded "airport operations at Manston are very unlikely to be financially viable in the longer term, and almost certainly not possible in the period to 2031".

    The 87 page report, published today by Thanet District Council, was required to provide evidence for the classification of the former airport site in the emerging Local Plan, which covers employment and housing projections to 2031.

    UKIP Council Leader Chris Wells explained, "This is the fourth opportunity Riveroak have had to impress with their business case. They failed to produce a financial case to become an indemnity partner in both 2014 and 2015; failed to impress a city financier seeking to invest £150m; and have comprehensively failed to impress aviation specialists AVIA of their case during the last few weeks.

    "Local Plans are evidence based documents which have to convince Planning Inspectors there is reasonable evidence to sustain land use allocations. Under the existing local plan, the Manston site is reserved for Aviation use only, and as the airport has been closed for two years, we are required to demonstrate evidence to maintain that designation for the emerging local plan."

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  • University education is no substitute for good sense Minister

    DavidKurten.jpgResponding to comments from the University Minister Jo Johnson, suggesting that it was the ignorant and uneducated that voted for Brexit and therefore more should be siphoned through university, former teacher and UKIP member of the London Assembly David Kurten said: "I am sure Mr Johnson would think that anyone who didn't go to Eton like his friends and fellow Remainers are uneducated.

    “However, there are millions of people in this country who didn't benefit from a feather bedded education as he did who are just as informed and wise as he is. How would he explain that his brother the Foreign Secretary an Old Etonian and an Oxford man decided that the wisest move policy is to be in control of your own destiny.

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  • The madness of a borderless EU immigration system

    Watch UKIP Leader Diane James MEP outline the madness of a borderless EU immigration system in her latest speech in the European Parliament.

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