• 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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  • UKIP select Oxfordshire man Dickie Bird as Witney Candidate

    Dickie_2.pngFormer Soldier and Oxford College porter Dickie Bird has been selected to fight the Witney Constituency vacated by David Cameron.

    Mr Bird, whose nomination was accepted this morning said,

    "I’m excited to have the opportunity to fight this seat on behalf of UKIP and local residents. I live in, and love, Oxfordshire. For twenty years I served in the army as part of Oxfordshire's, local Regiment, The Royal Green Jackets, now called The Rifles.

    "However, on leaving, I found the local Council very unhelpful. This made me realise that in order to change things for people it is no good railing at the radio and TV and sitting back, instead I felt that I had to get involved and do something to make things better.”

    "We need to do more to look after all those who have lived and paid tax here for years.

    "I joined UKIP in 2009 and was a candidate for them soon after, they are the only Party standing up for our Country and fully behind all those who voted for Brexit.”

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  • Farewell Dr Raj Chandran, a loyal UKIP member, from the Chairman


    It was with great sadness last week that we received confirmation of the death of Dr Raj Chandran, a loyal member of our party who held a position on our National Executive Committee at the time of his passing, writes UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden.

    I had known Dr Chandran personally since he joined UKIP in my home region of the East Midlands a few years ago. Since that time, Raj never failed to demonstrate his commitment and dedication to serving our members, whether it be by sponsoring meetings or hosting fund raising events at his own home. His experience of being a former Mayor and candidate both in Parliamentary and Police & Crime Commissioner elections was invaluable and he was always happy to pass that experience on. 

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  • Corbyn turns his nose up at traditional Labour supporters

    Image-1.pngResponding to Jeremy Corbyn's appearance on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, UKIP Leader Diane James MEP said: "Jeremy Corbyn just can't help himself. A personal position of hardline socialist rhetoric continues after a fruitless and ineffective leadership challenge. The future of the Labour party is now dismal given the policy making foundation he is bequeathing to his party. Possibly a real personal achievement for him and his entryist friends in Momentum but an absolute tragedy for the effectiveness of the Official UK Opposition party and for the United Kingdom.

    "Corbyn's solution to the uncontrolled wage reducing EU migration which even he admits depresses the wages of UK unskilled workers is some sort of mysterious ‘migrant fund’. He wants to underfund our armed forces and turn them into the social workers of armed conflict. His solution to the perils facing our economy of too much personal and government debt is to spend an eye watering £500 billion more of borrowed public money on Labour’s pet projects. To top it off his answer to making Britain successful after Brexit is to call a meeting of socialist parties from across the continent to find some answers. These are the same parties which preside over unparalleled levels of youth unemployment and policies which have bankrupted many of the smaller economies in the bloc.

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