• 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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  • UKIP response to the Prime Ministers Speech: Good, but we deserve better

    b2pVW-M3.jpgUKIP's Steven Woolfe MEP said: "Theresa May has just delivered a speech that accepts the decision of the people of the United Kingdom. Control of our borders, laws, fisheries and money should be in our Parliament's hands. All are UKIP policies as is her flagship grammar school policy.

    "We welcome her clear decision to repeal the 1972 Act, that Article 50 negotiations are to be launched by March 2017 and that Remainers will have to accept the people's referendum decision. UKIP campaigning position is again vindicated and replicated.

    "The bare bones of 'Brexit means Brexit' now have a time frame. Good. But with a parliamentary party divided, an opposition in flux and the House of Lords implacably opposed, it is up to UKIP to keep up the electoral pressure on. Nobody else will.

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  • UKIP's Small Business Spokesman gives her response to new figure from the Valuation Office Agency

    Margot_11_(1).jpgMargot Parker MEP, who is also one of the party's MEPs for the East Midlands said: "I don't think there is much good news here for anyone really and it is very regrettable this is occurring just when consumer confidence is showing remarkable resilience, making a nonsense of the Remain camp's doom-mongering during the referendum campaign.

    "The telecommunications industry is being particularly hard hit with many of the biggest players facing 100's of millions more in business rates next year. There is no doubt in my mind this will be reflected in higher costs for both domestic and business consumers.

    "I also feel very sorry for small businesses trying to succeed in London. They already pay very high rents to operate in the capital; exorbitant sums fueled by the inflated London property market Piling rates increases based on those inflated property values is just unfair and I imagine many of them will cease trading, unable to cover their dramatically and suddenly increased running-costs."

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  • 100 Reasons to be cheerful post the Brexit vote

    Peter_3.jpgTo mark 100 days since the EU Referendum UKIP's Leader in the London Assembly Peter Whittle AM has produced a list of 100 reasons to be cheerful.

    Peter Whittle said, “Some of the entries on my list are more light-hearted than others but they are all above all reasons to be cheerful post the historic Brexit vote.

    "The list shows the full extent of the lies of Project Fear. It also shows how the British people knew their own minds and weren't going to be intimidated by vested interests masquerading as experts.

    "Part of that Project Fear was the Mayor's claim that 500,000 jobs could be lost in London if the UK left the EU. It was a palpably ridiculous and reckless shock tactic which he should withdraw." 

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  • EU tariff fears disputed by Jonathan Arnott

    Jonathan_Arnott_2.jpgFollowing Nissan demands for government compensation for any tax barriers raised as a result of the UK leaving the EU, MEP Jonathan Arnott has stressed the need for Brexit negotiations to begin urgently.

    And he has also spoken of his belief that the EU will not put tariffs on British-made cars.

    "The longer it takes for us to start negotiating a deal with the European Union, the longer the current uncertainly will continue,” said Mr Arnott, Euro-MP for the North East, where Nissan have a plant in Sunderland.

    It is the company’s biggest factory in Europe, with a capacity of 500,000 vehicles, representing a third of Britain’s total car output, and it employs 6,700 workers.

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  • Corbyn's Labour Party has nothing to offer the millions of decent patriotic Labour supporters who voted Leave

    jHnhFRD6.jpegResponding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech at Labour's Party Conference, Cllr Tim Aker MEP said: "Today has confirmed that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has nothing to offer the millions of decent patriotic Labour supporters who voted Leave and want to see levels of migration brought down.

    "Several times Corbyn spoke about trust, but how can the voters ever trust Labour again when millions voted on June 23rd for control of their borders, yet Labour are determined to keep free the movement of people?

    "The Bank of England has confirmed that free movement of people has driven down wages for the working classes. Labour's addiction to uncontrolled mass immigration makes them no friend to Britain's lowest paid.

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  • Corbyn – out of touch with the British public and his own voters

    b2pVW-M3.jpgResponding to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at Labour Conference UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: "Corbyn indicating that he is relaxed about current migration levels is reckless, irresponsible and selfish. With gross levels of inward migration at a record high, it is yet another example at how out of touch Corbyn is with the British public and his own voters - a clear majority of whom want the government to control and reduce the numbers of coming into the UK.

    "Corbyn's attitude is simply to not control migration levels, but deal with the consequences later on is lazy thinking. He has no real sense or understanding of what the consequences are. He may be relaxed about it, but many millions of Britons cannot afford to be so relaxed. He fundamentally fails to recognise the serious consequences that mass migration has on wages and communities, especially for many at the bottom of the economic ladder.

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  • New North East Devolution Plan a 'political hotchpotch' says MEP

    jonathan_arnott_1.jpgNews that three North East councils are believed to be going it alone on a devolution deal has been described as a “political hotchpotch” by local MEP Jonathan Arnott. The government had declared a devolution deal was off the table when the proposal involving all seven local authorities collapsed earlier this month.

    But ITV Tyne Tees has reported that Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland - the three areas that voted for a devolution deal - have got together and now negotiations are taking place with the government over forming their own separate deal.

    “This is just bizarre,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP Euro-MP.

    “It would be crazy to have Newcastle and Gateshead having separate arrangements and we would end up with a political hotchpotch in the region and no actual North East plan.

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