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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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  • UKIP Thurrock Cllrs visit schools for Democracy Week

    Thurrock_Councillors052616_72.jpgThis week UKIP Thurrock Councillors have been visiting local schools for democracy week. Cllr David Potter, Cllr Angela Sheridan and Cllr Graham Hamilton attended Ockendon Academy. Cllr Jack Duffin attended St Clere's School. Tomorrow Cllr Angela Sheridan will be visiting the Harris Academy.

    UKIP Thurrock's Education Spokesman, Cllr Angela Sheridan said: "It was great to visit our local schools this week. I was very impressed with our students and the schools that I visited.

    "We have some incredibly bright and promising students who will make fantastic Councillors in the future. It's great to see people of all ages engaging in politics and holding Councillors to account.

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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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