• Emergency legislation is needed to save the green belt

    Cg4SZEnW4AAH2va.jpg_large.jpgIn light of compelling new evidence that the green belt is being eroded at the fastest pace in the last 20 years UKIP are calling for the government to expedite legislation ring fencing it from residential development. UKIP have consistently warned that the Tories have misled the public over their commitment to protect the British countryside and green belt.

    Peter Whittle, UKIP’s London Mayoral candidate, speaking in Sidcup where he joined local campaigners fighting to save Old Park Farm, one of Bexley's few open spaces from council supported development said, "Due to the massive demand for house construction in London, planners are now making moves to build on our precious green belt areas, for example at Old Farm Park in Sidcup where I was this morning. This is simply unacceptable and will have a permanent detrimental effect on future generations of Londoners.

    "The only real way to protect the green belt is to make it illegal for local authorities to grant planning permission which leads to homes being built on it. The green belt is one of our nation's greatest national treasures and neither this nor future governments have the right to deprive be future generations of it. The answer is to make it impossible to build on green belt whilst incentivising brownfield and other non-contentious developments."

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  • Speculations about the imminent rebranding and restructuring of the Party are unfounded

    Much fevered media speculation has followed Nigel’s musing out loud on LBC about how we might restructure and re-energise the Party after the Referendum, perhaps learning from the Italian Five-Star Movement with whom we sit in the EFDD group.

    Suffice it to say that, while Nigel endears himself to many with his forthright approach, the media’s reaction to this speculation may be something of an unwelcome distraction from more important matters at this particular moment.

    In fact, the NEC has already resolved to review the management structure of the Party, as phase two of the Constitutional Review which started in 2010.  The Party is fully focussed on winning elections and the Referendum, there is no discussion about changing the party currently, if there are to be any such discussions they will take place after the Referendum.

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  • It's not just difficult to control our borders within the EU, it's impossible

    Nigel.jpgThe free movement of workers within the EU makes it more difficult to curb immigration to the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted. Responding UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said, "It's not just difficult to control our borders within the EU, it's impossible.

    "We have an open door to 500 million people across 27 other countries of the European Union and we see net migration now regularly running at over 300,000 every year, far higher than the Government's target of migration in the tens of thousands.

    "With Turkey pushing, and in fact being encouraged by this Government, to become a member of the EU the current levels of immigration could go even higher.

    "Theresa May has been the worst Home Secretary ever in terms of immigration, and she has no prospect of fulfilling the promise that she and her colleagues made to the British people that immigration will be reduced to the tens of thousands whilst we remain within the EU.

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  • Hypocritical Obama needs to return to his history lessons

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem has called President Obama "a hypocrite who doesn't know his history" after the American leader used the two world wars as an excuse to interfere in the EU referendum.

    Mr Obama said he had a right to tell the British people how to vote because the USA and Europe's history were "intertwined".

    But Mr Hookem said there was something "sick" about using the dead in war graves to argue for Britain to be governed by Brussels.

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  • Mike Hookem has slammed a petition calling for an end to the subsidies paid to Drax power station

    MikeHookam.jpgYorkshire & North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem has slammed a petition calling for an end to the subsidies paid to Drax power station, saying, “If we lose any more power generation capacity in this area, we will all be sat in the dark cooking over a candle.”

    Mr Hookem’s comments come in the wake of a petition that calls on the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to withdraw Drax's renewable energy subsidies, despite the power station converting part of its operation in 2010 to burn biomass as a greener alternative to coal.

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  • Mexico confirms it wants a trade deal with a post Brexit Britain

    WilliamDartmouth.jpgMexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo has made it clear that Mexico would negotiate a new free trade agreement with the UK should its citizens vote to leave the EU in June.

    William Dartmouth MEP, the UKIP Trade spokesman applauded the Mexican approach and said,

    "The statement from Mexico's Foreign Minister demonstrates a simple truth. Nations just like Multilateral institutions, and big business will always prefer what they see to be the status quo. But when that changes they will always adapt to accommodate a new reality.

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  • UKIP demand action to protect the health of London children from the ravages of the worst air pollution in Europe

    PRW_2016_Photo(1).jpgPeter Whittle, UKIP’s London mayoral candidate has expressed his unequivocal support for a public enquiry into Nitrogen Dioxide and air pollution in general and pledged that that if elected he will ensure that a Londonwide enquiry is instigated. Mr Whittle echoed the concerns of London parents who in a recent YouGov poll rated air pollution as the biggest threat to their children saying:

    "Air pollution is London's greatest public health challenge. It's time politicians moved from rhetoric to practical measures. It's literally a matter of life and death for thousands of Londoners."

    Whittle went on to say that if elected his London wide enquiry would include an investigation into the full impact of air pollution on the health of Londoners particularly children, the elderly and the chronically ill.

    “I am ready to take the lead in ensuring that all Londoners can breathe clean air unlike the other establishment parties, UKIP are not about rhetoric, but action. Only a UKIP administration in London will bring immediate and radical counter pollution policies”

    Andrew Charalambous, UKIP Housing and Environment spokesman described as "scandalous" the ongoing failure of the political establishment to address the issue of nitrogen dioxide levels in London.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman writes to the Attorney General to request he looks into the jailing of Falklands Veteran Albert Patterson

    Wright_18Letter18042016-page-001.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has written to the Attorney General to request he looks into the jailing of Falklands Veteran Albert Patterson.

    Mr Hookem, who is also calling on members to sign the petition with the same request, said that Mr Patterson's sentence did not have to be custodial and pointed out that the former special forces operative was out of the country for the SAS weapons amnesty.

    "Mr Patterson is a well known and well respected member of the private security industry now he has left the Armed Forces," wrote Mr Hookem.

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  • Whittle calls for honesty in housing debate

    PETER.jpgLaunching UKIP's London manifesto, Peter Whittle, the Mayoral candidate, was passionate in his vision for a London that works for all Londoners. Citing the spirit and soul of the city he launched into a passionate defence of UKIP's concentration of the impact of uncontrolled immigration on those things that matter most to Londoners, the ongoing housing crisis, congestion on public transport and a general sense of security.

    He was introduced by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and was joined by the UKIP's team of London Assembly candidates, and went on to highlight aspects of the Manifesto.

    UKIP Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle: "There is no point talking about housing unless you address the huge population growth in London, which is rising at 1 million new Londoners per decade, driven almost entirely by migration".

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