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  • Hillsborough verdict underlines the utter lack of leadership both past and present in South Yorkshire Police

    Screenshot_14.pngCommenting on criticism of South Yorkshire Police in the wake of the Hillsborough inquest verdict, UKIP’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire, Gavin Felton said, “This verdict underlines the utter lack of leadership both past and present in South Yorkshire Police and how desperately the force needs a new direction.”
     
    “While one Labour MP has called for SYP to be rebranding or disbanded, I totally disagree.”
     
    “Disbanding the force would be a very expensive exercise that will do nothing to tackle the root causes of the problems nor absolve past failures. Only a new regime, with a new ethos on tackling and learning from past mistakes can make a difference and rebuild public confidence.”

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  • UKIP spoofs Lord Patten for suggesting BBC deferential to Brexit cause

    PaulNuttall.jpgResponding to Lord Patten, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said:

    “This is a bit rich, coming from a man on a fat European Commissioner pension and who wants to remain in the EU.

    "The most senior BBC News editors have previously admitted that that the BBC has been biased for years in favour of the EU and against discussion of immigration.

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  • UKIP controlled Thanet Council given glowing report from the LGA Peer Challenge

    ChrisWells.jpgOnly two years after the then Labour controlled Thanet District Council was panned in a similar report the Local Government Association independent Corporate Peer Challenge has commended the Council for significant progress in its follow up Peer Review report.

    The review described the new UKIP controlled Council under Cllr Chris Wells as having, ‘Strong and capable senior management’, ‘respected political leadership’, ‘improved cross-party relationships’ and had made a ‘serious effort to equip new Councillors with the knowledge and skills to discharge their roles’.

    The improvements were so marked and the situation so improved over the past 18 months that the council’s Improvement Board, which was set up following the original review chose to step down its work with one final report to come, but no longer providing quarterly monitoring.

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  • David McNarry welcomes Nigel to Northern Ireland for his sixth recent visit

    nigel_in_ni.jpgNigel Farage MEP yesterday visited Northern Ireland as part of his touring covering the elections in Northern Ireland Wales and Scotland, the UKIP leader was delighted with his reception from local people. As it was his sixth visit in recent times Mr Farage said, "I always appreciate the warm welcome I receive in Northern Ireland, we have a great team here and I'm proud that we are contesting elections right across the United Kingdom including Stormont."

    Mr Farage began his visit in East Belfast at the launch of UKIP candidate Jonny Lavery's billboard poster, he travelled over to South Belfast to meet with Bob Stoker in Sandy Row, before lunch in the cathedral quarter at the "Made in Belfast" restaurant where he has eaten before appearing on BBC Talkback programme.

    After lunch the UKIP leader was joined by the parties candidates standing in 13 constituencies for a walk around Belfast city centre where he enjoyed talking to shoppers city workers and traders.

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  • Junior doctors should campaign against Cameron's cuts and in favour of Brexit

    LOUISEBOURS.pngUKIP MEP and Health Spokeswoman Louise Bours commenting on the junior doctors strike said: "Junior doctors should realise that by leaving the European Union and saving our vast EU contribution we could fund the NHS much better.

    "With the money that we send to the EU each year we could instead build 50 new hospitals and give a huge boost to improving our NHS. An intelligent junior doctor would at this stage be campaigning against Cameron's cuts and in favour of Brexit.

    "If we want to fund the NHS properly we must have the means to do it at our disposal."

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  • UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall welcomes Hillsborough verdict

    PaulNuttall1.jpgUKIP's Liverpool based Deputy Leader and Hillsborough survivor Paul Nuttall MEP has welcomed the decision by the jury to conclude that the 96 fans crushed to death were "unlawfully killed".

    "All of us in Liverpool and across the country will be pleased with this result. For far too many years, 27 long years, the questions have remained unanswered and no responsibility has been taken for the appalling events of that day.

    "Liverpool fans have been publicly traduced and blamed for their own suffering. The Police at the stadium have been found to be responsible for a whole series of failures that lead to the horrors of that day, a day burnt permanently in my, and thousands of other minds.

    "At last the process of justice can begin, and the process of healing can have a chance. I will never forget that day, nor will the city of Liverpool, but Justice will go some way to soften the pain."

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  • The ABC of why Obama is wrong

    Mike_Hookem.jpegAmerican companies won't want Britain to be 'back of the queue' for any trade deal writes UKIP's Mike Hookem MEP.

    The Prime Minister thought he had achieved a 'slam dunk' when he got President Obama to parrot a line from Number 10 designed to scare people into voting to remain in the EU.

    "But even removing the fact that from January next year it will be another president in office in the White House, the idea that the UK would be 'at the back of the queue' for trade is as likely as Cameron selling up his Notting Hill mansion and moving into a council house in Denby.

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  • Jane Collins writes to George Osborne about the Treasury report

    JaneCollinsdesk.pngUKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has written to the Chancellor regarding a number of anomalies in the much publicised Brexit report by the Treasury. Mrs Collins pointed out to Mr Osborne that his points made about a decline in wages was diametrically opposed to the evidence given to the Treasury Select Committee by 'Stronger In' chairman Lord Rose.

    "I read with interest your comments yesterday regarding the doom laden predictions from the latest tax payer funded ‘research’ for Project Fear, and I have a couple of questions to ask you,' she wrote.

    "Firstly, you said that wages will fall if we leave the EU. However, when addressing the Treasury Select Committee back in March the Chairman of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, Lord Rose, told MPs that wages would, in fact, rise. This was in relation to Britain being able to finally control immigration from the EU should we become an independent country whereas without this we will will face 3.3 million more migrants from the EU by your own predictions, surpassing wages but pushing up the costs for social security as companies expect the tax payer to subsidise the minimum wage with tax credits and housing.

    "Which one of you is right? The chairman of your campaign or your report? They cannot both be because they are diametrically opposed."

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  • Postal voting is open to corruption and needs urgent reform

    PaulNuttall1.jpgPostal voting is open to widespread misuse and even corruption and is in urgent need of reform, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.
     
    The MEP has today published a paper highlighting numerous examples of where postal voting has been used illicitly, which can be read here.
     
    Mr Nuttall, who represents the North West of England, wants to amend the Representation of the People Act 2000 by scrapping the inclusion of postal voting “on demand”.
     
    His call comes as people choosing to vote via post rather than polling station have started to receive their postal voting ballots for next month’s plethora of elections.

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  • If Theresa May wishes to leave the ECHR she must support Brexit

    Diane_James.jpgHome Secretary Theresa May was today advocating the UK leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Responding UKIP Deputy Chairman and Home Affairs Spokesman Diane James MEP said: "Theresa May is pulling out this tattered rag of an argument to comfort disgruntled Tories without checking the facts. The facts are that by EU Treaty law we must be signatories of the European Convention of Human Rights and the UK is bound by its judgements. To say otherwise is misleading people or at best not to be aware of the legal truth.

    "The Home Secretary is now drowning in a sea of fact. Yesterday she acknowledged that it is more difficult to control immigration while we are members of the EU. Today, she raises the issue of the ECHR, saying we must leave it, but fails to tell people we can only leave it if we first leave the European Union. There is no escape from EU control of our human rights legislation, or from domination of our law by the ECHR, as long as we remain members of the EU.

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