• Dr Julia Reid MEP expresses her optimism for life-sciences in a Post-Brexit Britain

    Portrait-of-Julia.jpgUKIP MEP Dr Julia Reid, a research biochemist by profession, is delighted to hear that earlier this month, Europe’s largest biomedical laboratory, known as the Francis Crick Institute, opened in London.

    The biomedical research institute aims to determine how certain illnesses develop, and then with this knowledge, scientists aim to prevent, diagnose and also treat conditions such as: cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and diseases of the brain.

    The Francis Crick institute, which boasts a total floor space of 93,000m2, has been made possible by the innovative partnership between the Medical Research Council (which is a UK government funding agency that invests in research on behalf of the tax payer), two charities and three universities based in London.

    Combined, these six leading medical research organisations have spent a total of around £700 million on the Crick’s institute; by pooling their resources into what is now the largest biomedical research institute under one roof, they hope to attract some of the best and brightest young scientists from all across the UK and the rest of the world, in order to take the UK to the forefront of biomedical sciences.

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  • Dr Julia Reid MEP supports Gibraltar’s right to sovereignty & self determination

    Portrait-of-Julia.jpgAs a Member of the European Parliament, who represents both the South West Counties & Gibraltar, Dr Julia Reid was invited by the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, to help celebrate Gibraltar National Day, which took place on the 10th of September.

    The following week, during the opening speech at the UKIP National Conference in Bournemouth, Dr Reid told the audience that: “the prospect of a Brexit has come as an unwelcome shock to the majority of Gibraltarians”.

    Dr Reid described their concerns as being “understandable”, given that in the wake of the UK's vote to exit the European Union, Spain renewed calls for joint sovereignty of Gibraltar; with Spain’s acting foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, saying that the referendum result has significantly advanced the prospect of a Spanish flag flying on the rock of Gibraltar.

    However, despite the people of Gibraltar voting overwhelmingly in favour to remain part of the European Union, the results of the EU referendum haven’t changed the way the Gibraltarian people feel about their British identity.

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  • Young speaker Chris wins the ‘Seymour Shield’

    jill_shield_1.JPGRising stars of UKIP’s youth wing have been recognised and rewarded in the return of an annual public speaking competition.

    The Seymour Shield, created by the party’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour, gives members of Young Independence the chance to deliver a three-minute speech on a topic of their choice.

    This year’s winner was 23-year-old Chris Vaughan from Portsmouth – who went one better than last year, when he finished as runner-up.

    Chris, originally from Rotherham, spoke on his vision for the future of UKIP in the competition, which was held on the second day of the party’s Bournemouth conference.

    In addition to the shield and £100 prize money, Chris got the chance to deliver a closing conference speech to delegates in the main UKIP hall.

    Jill, who is co-president of Young Independence, said: “These people are the key to the future of our party, and that’s why I’m keen to give them as much support as I possibly can.

    “I hope that the Seymour Shield will, in some small way, encourage more people to come on board and show the true talents of our young people.”

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  • UKIP: The opposition party in waiting

    20160916_141546.jpgUKIP MEP for the South East, Diane James, has been elected as UKIP's new Leader, succeeding Nigel Farage MEP.

    In her acceptance speech Diane stated unequivocally that her aim is to make the United Kingdom Independence Party the UK's Opposition party.

    Speaking from the main stage of UKIP's Annual Conference in Bournemouth, Diane concluded her speech to UKIP's members in the hall and to those watching at home saying, "Under my leadership UKIP will confound our critics, UKIP will outwit our opponents, UKIP will build on its electoral success to date, UKIP will become the Opposition in waiting."

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  • North East MEP calls for investment in the region not more empty words

    Jonathan_Arnott_2.jpgThe latest unemployment figures for the North East - showing it is still the highest in the country - demonstrate the ongoing need for investment in the region, said local MEP Jonathan Arnott.

    “It is just not good enough for the government to keep muttering about the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ as if that is some magic panacea.

    “We need to see it put into action now - as these latest figures show. Empty words and promises mean nothing.”

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  • People across Europe would not endorse a European Army

    Making his second speech following the State of the European Speech UKIP MEP and EFDD Co-Leader Nigel Farage MEP said that people across Europe would not endorse a European Army - watch the full speech here: 

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  • EU Army is happening admits EU President

    Mike_Hookem.jpgSpeaking from Strasbourg, UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP said: "President Juncker speaks openly today of an EU army, something the remainers vehemently during the referendum campaign.

    "He has denied he wants it to run alongside NATO but how long before he wants to replace NATO in the wake of Brexit?

    "During the campaign we were lied to about there being no plans for an EU Army. Here in Strasbourg Juncker makes it clear that Brussels wants its own military and we will not have the power to protect ourselves.

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  • Verhofstadt’s appointment is declaration of war on sensible Brexit negotiations

    Today in the annual ‘State of the Union’ debate in the Strasbourg parliament chamber UKIP’s Nigel Farage MEP labelled Guy Verhofstadt’s appointment as chief Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament “pretty much an act of war on any sensible negotiating process.”

    Nigel Farage commented in the debate: "If you think of this building as a temple, well Mr Verhofstadt is the high priest. A fanatic, in fact there is only one real nationalist in the room and it’s you because you want flags, anthems and armies.

    "I would argue what we really need is to have a sensible, common sense approach and for this parliament to recognise it has made a mistake and to find somebody who actually likes the United Kingdom to lead these talks."

    Watch the speech in full below:

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  • Brexit Britain receives another fillip from new trade figures

    william_d.jpgToday’s trade figures from the ONS show a narrowing of the trade deficit by £1.1bn including a £0.8bn (1.9%) growth in exports in goods and services, the fact that in a post referendum Britain the economic reality is positive. William Dartmouth MEP, the UKIP Trade spokesman said, “Yet more good news from official figures. The UK is open for business and far from falling apart our businessmen and women are taking advantage of the opportunities occasioned by the Brexit vote, rather than falling apart as predicted.

    “Even those big corporates that funded the remain campaign are now changing their tune about how they say the UK economy is going. Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have dropped their doom and gloom and threats of recession and now predict growth.

    “This is not the result of panic action by the Government or the Bank of England as some try to claim, but of the health and resilience of the British economy, and the men and women within it who work so hard to make their enterprises successful in a global, not merely European, economy”.

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  • Another flagship UKIP policy goes mainstream

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegResponding to Theresa May’s speech on education today, Nigel Farage said: "The Government is now supporting the creation of new grammar schools; yet another flagship UKIP policy goes mainstream.

    "We in UKIP have campaigned for a return to selective education and at times it has felt a lonely place, but today's announcement is great news.

    "Grammar schools work and help the poorest in our society get on in life. I am delighted by what I've heard from the Prime Minister.

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