• Cutting housing red tape is the quickest way to curb rising rents

    IMG_6165(1).jpgUKIP are the only British political party committed to cutting unacceptable levels of 'red tape' in the rental sector.

    Peter Whittle, UKIP's London Mayoral candidate said "The over regulation of the London housing market by a Tory government, which has abandoned it's free market principles. Inevitably, more red tape means more cost to landlords and higher rents. Next year thousands of London properties will have withdrawn from the rental market because they have a low EPC rating".

    UKIP are supportive of measures which facilitate better fuel efficiency and lower heating bills long-term. However, there is no justification in taking away from an already desperate rental market perfectly good properties simply because they do not have a high EPC rating.

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  • UKIP Scotland announces candidates for the upcoming Holyrood elections

    coburn-graphic(1).pngUKIP Scotland have announced the 26 candidates it will be putting forward for the Holyrood elections next month. This is our best range of candidates ever, and proves we are a diverse and welcoming party that will ‘stand up for anyone that stands up for Scotland.’

    Announcing the candidates, Leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage said: "I am delighted with the strength, breadth and depth of our list for the Holyrood elections. I am certain that this team, led by David Coburn will break into Holyrood and provide a voice of serious opposition to the stale political consensus in Edinburgh. An over-powerful executive needs real opposition, and UKIP in Scotland will provide that."

    UKIP’s MEP and Leader of UKIP Scotland, David Coburn said: "We are ready, and raring to go. UKIP will be contesting this election with a belief that our message of proper independence, fiscal responsibility and driving power away from the politicians into the hands of the people who matter, ordinary men and women across Scotland will resonate with the voter.

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  • Immigration is a key issue to Londoners despite it being totally ignored by the other parties

    PRW_2016_Photo(1).jpgHousing is the most important issue for Londoners in the upcoming mayoral election with immigration coming in at second, a new poll by ComRes for BBC London indicates.

    Fifty-six per cent of those polled said housing was one of the most important challenges facing London. Immigration (38%), security from terrorism (26%) and healthcare (23%) were among the other top issues.

    Responding to the results of the poll, UKIP London Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle said, "This polling confirms what I've been saying throughout my campaign. Immigration is a key issue to Londoners despite it being totally ignored by the other candidates. It affects every issue, including housing, and Londoners know this. I will be the only candidate making the argument that we need to control our borders, and to do that we must leave the European Union."

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  • Tougher sentences demanded for animal cruelty

    jonathan_arnott_1.jpgJonathan Arnott MEP has called for tougher sentences to be introduced for animal cruelty. His demand came after two young thugs from Redcar walked free from court after subjecting a defenceless dog to a persistent attack so horrific that even experienced RSPCA investigators were shocked and sickened.

    Andrew Frankish, 22, was videod repeatedly hurling a terrified bulldog, called Baby, down a flight of stairs as well as head butting and stamping on it for fun encouraged by his younger companion, now 18.

    “What more barbaric suffering does someone have to inflict on an animal before they are sent straight to jail? posed Mr Arnott, UKIP MEP for the North East.

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  • EU cash for HS2 rail link is nothing short of an insult

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has slammed the ‘insulting’ amount of cash being provided by the European Union to help pay for Britain’s HS2 rail link.

    She claimed the Government was only pressing ahead with the £55 billion-plus project because of pressure from the EU’s ‘Connecting Europe’ campaign.

    But it has now been revealed that Brussels is only prepared to pay 39.2 million Euros – around £30 million – towards the ever-spiralling cost of the HS2 project.

    “This funding – which isn’t even being paid up front in one lump sum – is insulting,” said West Midlands MEP Mrs Seymour.

    “HS2 is a vanity project which does not have a valid business case, and pressure from the EU is one of the main reasons it is being built. For the EU to now offer such a paltry sum towards the £55 billion-plus construction costs of HS2 is just another slap in the face for the British taxpayer.

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage speaking in Thurrock tonight

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP and Thurrock's very own Tim Aker MEP will be speaking at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet tonight as part of the latest Grassroots Out public meeting. They will be joined by the co-founders of Grassroots Out Peter Bone MP and Tom Pursglove MP and you will be able to watch the whole event online if you couldn't make it from 7pm here.

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  • The Blueprint: Our Future After Brexit

    book_v_2.pngA UKIP member of the European Parliament has written a book about the country's future following Brexit. The 76-page, easy to read book, takes us through step-by-step his idea of what might happen following a vote to leave the European Union on June 23rd and you can pre-order it here.

    Jonathan Arnott, MEP for North East England and the Party's spokesman on the EU Budget, became frustrated at the 'IN' campaign's Project Fear and the doom-mongers who suggest that the world's fifth largest economy would be unable to stand on our own two feet as part of a modern 21st-century world. Starting on June 24 2016, he takes us through the next four years on a day-by-day basis - describing how the country can overcome the little bumps on the road to independence, and how the country might change. It's a work of fiction, but it might well prove to be more eerily accurate than any crystal ball.

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  • High Energy costs driven by EU rules behind Tata decision Gill MEP, UKIP's leader in Wales said, said he was devastated at the news from Mumbai last night and the implications for the jobs of thousands employed both directly and indirectly by Tata's Port Talbot steel plant and stated,

    "Job losses in the UK steel industry reflect not just weak global demand and overcapacity, but government and EU rulings which force our workers to compete with their hands tied behind their back. The EU and its Renewables Directive have driven energy prices to ridiculous levels that simply drive key manufacturing industries offshore, not just to China, but also to countries such as the US which still have sensible energy policies. Coal is currently the cheapest energy source and there are millions of tons of the best quality coal in the world just a few miles up-valley from Port Talbot. Yet the EU has forced our coal plants to shut down through its Large Combustion Plants Directive, while the UK government has unilaterally banned the construction of new coal fired power stations (which are being built in Germany) through its Emissions Performance Standard.

    "Crucially, the US is protecting its steel manufacturers, having applied anti-dumping duties of over 100% to some Chinese steel imports since November 2014, while it is only in the last month that the EU has taken any action and then only with much smaller tariffs of up to 25%."

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  • UKIP Employment Spokesman says Education Secretary is a disingenuous mouthpiece for Project Fear

    JaneCollins.jpgUKIP Employment Spokesman Jane Collins MEP has blasted Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, branding her "A disingenuous mouthpiece for Project Fear".

    The europhile minister has claimed that young people will "suffer the most" if voters support Brexit in June, something Mrs Collins said was "a conundrum of a complete failure to understand basic supply and demand or a favour for her boss."

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman calls on the British government to stand by the Falkland Islanders

    MikeHookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has called on the British government to "stand by the Falkland Islanders and tell the United Nations it does not accept its decision on Argentina's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)."

    "The Falkland Islands do not lie in Argentinian waters and the UN should not be altering customary international law for the sake of one country whose actions in 1982 cost over one thousand lives," he said.

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