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  • James Carver MEP hits out over a government propaganda “blitz” about the forthcoming EU referendum

    James_Carver.jpegUKIP West Midlands MEP James Carver has hit out over a government propaganda “blitz” about the forthcoming EU referendum.

    “Not content with spending £9 million of taxpayers money on leaflets, arguing for Britain to remain in the EU, and having them delivered to every household in the land, they are using government websites for the same end.

    “Anyone who goes to the GOV.UK on-line pages for information is faced with a banner advert announcing that there is to be an EU referendum and pointing out how to register to vote,” said Mr Carver.

    “I am all in favour of everyone exercising their right to vote but the government should not be abusing their powers by trying to influence the outcome of this referendum.

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  • Farage and Boris clear favourites to represent Leave in TV debates

    Nigel_Farage.jpegA new poll released now exclusively by Survation has made it clear that when it comes to the big set piece TV EU Referendum debates, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are the public's clear favourites to represent the Leave campaign.

    The polling (sample size 1400) asks which two politicians the public would like to see take part for the leave side in the big BBC Wembley EU Referendum Debate on June 21st. Boris Johnson has 61% naming him in their top two and Nigel Farage has 41% naming him in their top two. No other politician named in the poll comes close to the levels of public support that Nigel and Boris receive to head the debates on behalf of the leave campaign.

    UKIP Chairman Steve Crowther said, "This polling shows that the public recognise the titanic efforts of Nigel Farage and UKIP in getting this referendum. Now the public want him to be one of the two representatives in the big Wembley debate. The idea that Nigel and UKIP would not be represented in that debate, despite receiving nearly 4 million votes last year, winning the European Elections in 2014, currently polling 20% and being the only party advocating the leave vote in this referendum would be ludicrous.

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  • EU Army spells the end of UK Sovereignty

    UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has blasted EU plans revealed in the Financial Times to push ahead with the “ultimate plan” for an EU army saying, “to lose control of our army to the EU would be the end of sovereignty in the UK.”
     
    Mr Hookem spoke out after the Financial Times published leaked documents that spelled out how the EU commission planned “further integration” of Europe’s armed forces to bring the “patchwork of army’s in Europe” under one command, which has been drawn up at Germany’s insistence.
     
    Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “When you look at the command structures, logistics and forces already under EU command, it comes as no shock the EU commission has bowed to German demands for a combined EU army. While we have had the EU High Command, and many other staff structures for many years, we have seen a determined push towards real assets coming directly under EU command since Jean-Claude Junker became president.”

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  • Open door immigration isn't working

    uk_border_facebook.pngToday we launched our new campaign poster, Open door immigration isn't working.

    Only UKIP will control our borders. Vote UKIP this Thursday on May 5th.

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  • Something is rotten in our justice system to put criminals above Afghan interpreters

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem has blasted the government following the apparent suicide of an Afghan interpreter who worked with the British Army in Helmand saying "something is rotten in our justice system."

    The former soldier, who has been calling for interpreters who are living under a death sentence from Islamic extremists in their home country to have their asylum cases fast tracked, said "how dare we put criminals above people who have shown their loyalty to this country."

    Back in August last year Mr Hookem called for the interpreters who worked in Helmand to be given the same rights as "those already in place for their Iraqi colleagues" after a man called Popal was murdered.

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  • Londoners' quality of life under threat

    rhRpD6XG.jpgResponding to the CPRE report on the current threat to London's historic and loved greenbelt, Peter Whittle, UKIP's London Mayoral candidate said, "Our capital city could be described as a perfect combination of skyscrapers and greenery. Huge sacrifices have been made over generations to preserve London's green belt and green spaces as an essential part of Londoners quality of life. Although it now appears that this Tory government is relentlessly doing everything in its power to permit mass development on our patrimony.

    "If you want to protect London's green belt and green spaces then I am your candidate. I am appalled that of the 275,000 homes that have been already earmarked for building on our green belt 117,000 of them will be in London. No government, no local authority should have the right to deprive Londoners of the fresh air and amenity the green belt provides. I will not sit back and watch London turned into a soulless concrete jungle".

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  • Fight against terror in the UK is not going to be won by giving more powers to the EU

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    The European Union should set up a central intelligence agency, inspired by the US Department for Homeland Security, according to a report compiled by the President of the European Commission's in-house think tank. Intelligence agencies should pool their expertise and allow a central EU service to analyse jihadist threats and draw up counter-terrorism plans, the report suggests.

    Responding Mike Hookem, UKIP defence spokesman said the fight against terror in the UK "is not going to be won by giving more powers to the EU."

    "We have heard from both Europol and Frontex, as well as the National Crime Agency here in the UK that it is open borders and the migrant crisis which has increased the terror risk to the whole of the EU including the UK.

    "We know that data exchange between countries is poor but giving away control of security and law enforcement when it is agencies like MI5 and 6 who have been keeping us safe we need to look at bolstering their support not taking it away from them.

    "To have police officers on the street who are not directly under the control of the directly elected British government is frankly frightening.

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  • At 20% the momentum is with UKIP as we enter the last week of the election campaigns

    index.jpgWith elections in all four corners of the UK it is clear that the momentum is with UKIP. A YouGov poll that came out this morning has UKIP up polling 20% nationally, including 31% with working class voters.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "With one week to go until the elections on May 5th, I've been busy campaigning and supporting our candidates right across the United Kingdom. With local elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections, elections to the Northern Ireland, Welsh and London Assemblies and the Scottish Parliament, we are aiming and on course to breakthrough right across the UK.

    "Thanks to all of your hard work, UKIP is now polling at a record high 20% nationally in the latest YouGov poll. This includes 31% of all working class voters backing UKIP.

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  • Union Deal with Government not in best interests of workers

    Mike_Hookem.jpegUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has slammed a deal between the government and the unions which will see the Trade Union Bill watered down in return for union support of the ‘stay’ campaign; saying, “the unions are supposed to be defenders of UK workers, not the ones selling them down the river in return for political favours.”
     
    Mr Hookem’s comments come after the Daily Telegraph reported that 12 unions were “buying policy” with their support of the stay campaign, in return for “significant” concessions to the Conservative’s flagship policy to overhaul the way the unions fund political parties.
     
    Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “The whole ethos of the union movement is to protect workers rights, incomes, and futures, but it seems to me like they are more bothered about being allowed to continue to fund the pro-EU Labour party than they are about getting a stronger Britain that would benefit us all.”

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  • EU Parliament fail to show urgency in steel crisis

    Bill-Etheridge.jpgWest Midlands UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge was furious as the chance to debate the crisis in the steel industry was missed in Brussels today.
     
    Prior to a plenary session this afternoon, agreement had been reached across some of the major groups in the Parliament that there was a need to discuss whether measures could be taken to protect the steel industry throughout Europe from the effects of cheap Chinese steel dumping.
     
    The EFDD, including UKIP, wanted to discuss it but the parliament chose to stall and delay for several weeks.
     
    Mr Etheridge, who himself spent twenty years in the steel industry, said “The crisis is now, not in the future.

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