• TfL announcement that the taxi and private hire compliance team will be quadrupled is welcome, but just the start

    DavidK.jpgTransport for London’s (TfL) announcement today that the taxi and private hire compliance team will be quadrupled has been welcomed by UKIP London Assembly member David Kurten, though he says it is "just the start".

    David Kurten AM, who sits on the London Assembly Transport Committee, said, "The Mayor committed to improving safety and supporting the black cab trade in response to questions I asked him at City Hall.

    "Whilst today's news is welcome, it is just the start as more needs to be done to deal with the surge in numbers of Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) that happened under both Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson's watch.

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  • Brexit and the path to African economic freedom

    Margot_11_(1).jpgUKIP East Midlands MEP Margot Parker has said the focus over the next few months should be on re-building the country’s global brand. She said the UK should not only look at the financial windfall Brexit will bring the country in the coming decades – it should also look at the developing world and how our interactions with them could change many countries for the better.

    Margot said: “Trade not aid” has been a UKIP mantra for almost as long as the party has been looking at more than simply leaving the European Union.

    “Based on solid, traditional free-market principles the idea is if we remove trade barriers to products from the developing world it would empower economic development and stimulate self-sufficiency, removing reliance on so-called ‘structural aid’.”

    She said an example is the African situation, saying: “Africa is addicted to aid. For the past 60 years it has been fed aid. Like any addict it needs and depends on its regular fix, finding it hard, if not impossible, to contemplate existence in an aid-less world. In Africa, the West has found its perfect client to deal to.”

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  • Major victory for UKIP in Scotland as Supreme Court over-turns the Named Person Act

    David_Coburn.jpgReacting to news that the Supreme Court has over-turned the Named Person Act, Leader of UKIP in Scotland, David Coburn MEP said:

    “I am the only Scottish politician that has objected to this draconian, interfering, we-know-best piece of legislation and I am delighted the court has sided with the decent parents in Scotland.

    “While the public were outraged angry and worried by the proposals, the tories repeatedly abstained, offering their voters no voice whatsoever on this most damaging legislation.

    “This is a major victory for UKIP in Scotland, and it will be a huge relief to concerned parents across Scotland that the Supreme Court agrees with us and has sided with the people against the nanny state government headed by the SNP.

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  • Good news for UK economy post Brexit

    M.R._085_(1).jpgThe UK economy grew by 0.6% in the three months to the end of June, as economic growth accelerated in the run-up to the vote to leave the EU. Second-quarter gross domestic product grew faster than expected, up from 0.4% growth in the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics said. Any uncertainty ahead of last month's referendum seemed "limited", ONS said.

    However, by far the strongest growth was in April, followed by a sharp easing off in May and June. On a yearly basis the economy grew by a healthy 2.2%. The pick-up in economic activity was boosted by the biggest upturn in industrial output since 1999, particularly from car factories and pharmaceutical firms.

    Responding to the news, UKIP Economics Spokesman Mark Reckless AM said, "Yes, firms are investing in Britain. Yes, growth has strengthened, Yes, the stock market is up again. But, why are all these reported as if they are shock surprises? Because, most people reporting the news voted 'Remain'."

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  • Plans to build Garden Bridge should be put to rest says UKIP's Peter Whittle


    Following news that the new Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP is due to consider whether to extend a £15m government underwriting of the £175m Garden Bridge project until September, UKIP London Assembly member Peter Whittle has called for him and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to "lay to rest" plans to build the Garden Bridge.

    Peter Whittle AM said, "I have been campaigning against the Garden Bridge for many months now. It is emblematic of the vanity projects that our political elite become besotted with and it is superfluous at a time of hardship for many.

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  • UKIP calls for Hezbollah to be banned after al-Quds Day Parade

    David.jpgIn the Mayor’s Question Time this morning, London Mayor Sadiq Khan refused to back a request from UKIP Assembly Member David Kurten to call for the political wing of Hezbollah to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation.

    Kurten asked the question in the discussion following Assembly member Badenoch’s question: ‘What action is the Metropolitan Police Service taking against the use of flags representing designated terrorist organisations as seen during the recent al-Quds Day march in London on July 3rd?’

    Hezbollah flags were reportedly flown at the Al Quds Day march which many Londoners have found distressing in the light of recent terrorist atrocities around the world.

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  • UKIP MEP Margot Parker responds to #faceherfuture campaign launch

    Margot_11_(1).jpgUKIP MEP Margot Parker, a member of the European Parliamentary committee which deals with woman’s rights and equality not only within the EU but also globally, has today addressed some of the concerns raised by the #faceherfuture campaign.

    The campaign has been launched today, (Wednesday), by many women’s rights groups and organisations.

    Part of the campaign is the desire to make sure Brexit will not negatively impact on woman’s rights but Margot said this was based on the false idea that all progress has been the result of the EU and European courts. Specifically, paid maternity leave and equal pay for equal work was mentioned.

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  • UKIP defence spokesman says the UK must not give up its nuclear deterrent in an ever changing and unstable security environment

    Mike_Hookem.jpegUKIP defence spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has urged MP’s to vote for the renewal of Britain’s nuclear deterrent saying, “Opposition to a Trident replacement is grossly irresponsible and damaging to Britain’s national security.”

    The Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP added, “Renewing Trident not only safeguard’s Britain’s security, but it also ensures the UK’s place on the world stage.”

    Mr Hookem’s comments come as MPs are due to vote on a replacement for Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent programme, which currently sees a nuclear-armed submarine continuously patrolling somewhere in the world’s oceans throughout the year.

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  • UKIP defence spokesman blasts the MoD after commons committee highlights deteriorating armed forces living standards

    MikeHookam.jpgUKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has blasted the Ministry of Defence, saying “it is time to end the government sanctioned culture of housing our heroes in sties.”

    Mr Hookem’s comments come following a report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee which found the Ministry of Defence and its contractor Carillion Amey were "badly letting down service families".

    Former soldier and senior UKIP official Mr Hookem said, “From speaking to military families up and down the country, I know the appalling conditions many of these brave people are forced to live in and the demoralising effect this has.”

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  • Siemens' continued investment in Hull a sign of things to come in post-Brexit era

    Mike_Hookem.jpgHull MEP Mike Hookem has welcomed the announcement from Siemens that they will continue to invest in the UK despite threats during the referendum campaign that Brexit would lead to job losses. The UKIP politician, who argued that Siemens would stay in the UK in the result of Brexit despite scaremongering from Labour politicians lead by Karl Turner MP, called the news "a welcome boost to local economies."

    It follows the news of a multi-million-pound investment in the City by INEOS Oxide to expand its ethyl acetate production which Mr Hookem called "a sign of things to come in a post-Brexit era."

    Mr Hookem’s comments come after INEOS said the decision was “based on its confidence in the UK economy and its ability to continue to deliver for its customers”. The INEOS investment was the first of its type in Hull since the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23rd June.

    "Today's announcement is great news for Hull and for other areas which can benefit from investment from Siemens and companies like it, particularly when we leave the EU and become a more flexible, competitive country," he said.

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