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  • 100 days to go till EU Referendum day

    Only 100 days to go till the EU Referendum day polls close. Let's make June 23rd our Independence Day!

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  • UKIP MEP Margot Parker backs National Apprentice Week

    Margot_3.jpgUKIP MEP Margot Parker has given her support to National Apprentice Week. The East Midlands MEP and party spokesman for small business said that for too long skills had been neglected in the UK and an overhaul of the apprenticeship scheme was needed.

    Margot Parker said: “National Apprentice Week is an important reminder of the need to provide skills-based education in order to prepare people for the workplace.
     
    “For too long such skills have been neglected in the UK. While some measures have been taken recently to expand apprenticeships, especially those provided by small businesses, all too often many of the schemes do not actually prepare those involved for work or impart the necessary skills.

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  • Labour must kick out the anti-Semites

    James_Carver.jpegUKIP Commonwealth Spokesman, James Carver MEP has today called on the Labour Party to "practice what it preaches" and immediately expel Vicki Kirby from Labour membership saying, "I'm horrified by the consistent blatantly racist and anti-Semitic bile that spews from her mouth, and call on the Labour Party to remove her membership.

    "On the few occasions that UKIP have needed to act promptly in similar cases, we have done so immediately.

    "I won't hold my breath, bearing in mind that two sitting Labour Councillors, Margaret Burke in Milton Keynes and Trevor Maxfield, are a former BNP Councillor and a Fascist activist. "

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  • HS2 should be halted immediately to address serious safety fears

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour today called for work on the HS2 rail link to be halted immediately after an expert’s report highlighted serious safety concerns.

    The Sunday Telegraph has published findings of previously secret research, commissioned by HS2 itself, which warns that trains will be at risk of derailment and catastrophic track failure at their top speeds. It has been written by Professor Peter Woodward, one of the world’s leading experts in the geo-engineering of railways. According to the newspaper report, the professor said the 225mph speeds proposed by HS2 would create “critical track velocity effects” and “significant issues” with track instability.
     
    Mrs Seymour said: “The Government is determined to railroad this scheme through as quickly as it can, but it cannot brush this report under the carpet.
     
    “HS2 should be halted immediately until a comprehensive study has been carried out to address the points raised in Professor Woodward’s report. Maybe then, our blinkered Government may finally see the folly of the project.

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  • Outside the EU, the world is our oyster, and the Commonwealth is its pearl

    James_Carver.jpegUKIP Commonwealth spokesman, James Carver MEP, has spoken of the special importance of this year’s Commonwealth Day, especially as it falls three months before the UK referendum on continued EU membership.

    "Trade, culture, law and shared values underpin this free association of nations", he said.

    "Commonwealth Day celebrations show clearly the continuing support for this voluntary organisation of nation states. It is increasingly evident that a reinvigorated Commonwealth, co-operating ever more closely on trade and sharing historic and democratic values, offers a real alternative to our membership of the European Union.

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  • Crime is not a lifestyle option - UKIP Police and Crime Commissioner Manifesto 2016

    EMBARGOED_TILL_1100_ON_11_MARCH_-_UKIP_PCC_Manifesto_2016-page-001.jpgUKIP's 2016 PCC Manifesto was launched today at an event by many of our PCC candidates from across England and Wales with support from UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, UKIP Deputy Chairman and Home Affairs Spokesman Diane James MEP as well as Peter Whittle, UKIP's London Mayoral candidate.

    UKIP Police & Crime Commissioners will:

    - Record all crime and improve ease of reporting
    - Be visible, approachable and alert to the communities they serve
    - Invest in locally appropriate initiatives in accordance with community issues including Zero Tolerance
    - Incorporate cost-effective adoption of new technology
    - Ensure more representation of the community on key policing issues and communication between the police and people
    - Guarantee transparency and scrutiny through accountability and performance reporting of the police in compliance with an agreed Local Police & Crime Plan

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  • UKIP Police and Crime Commissioner campaign launched outside the Home Office today

    policeUKIP.jpgToday saw the launch of UKIP's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) launch outside the Home Office in Westminster this morning. It was attended by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, UKIP’s Home Affairs Spokesman and Deputy Chairman responsible for Justice Diane James MEP and some of UKIP's PCC candidates from across England and Wales. In addition Peter Whittle, UKIP's London Mayoral candidate attended in support of the campaign.

    Pictured are:

    Back row: Henry Bolton OBE, (Kent), Lester Taylor (Dorset), Michael Whitehead (Humberside), Mark Hughes (Hertfordshire), Victoria Ayling (Lincolnshire), Simon Tobin (Suffolk).

    Front Row: David Moreland (Norfolk), Jonathan Smith (Devon and Cornwall), Diane Jame MEP, Nigel Farage,  Simon Wall (North Wales), Roy Swales (Hampshire), Peter Jewell (West Mercia), Patrick Lowe (Sussex), Julia Searle (Surrey), and Peter Whittle (London Mayor candidate).

    Speaking afterwards, Diane James said, “UK residents quite rightly place their trust in the UK police force. It is the most visible and expected “Responsive” point of contact to whom the public turns when it sees, or regretfully experiences, a crime be it anti-social behaviour, burglary, fraud, sexual or other form of personal attack.

    “Taxpayers also rightly expect their police forces to allocate their resources, including finance, to the most pressing needs of communities ensuring that all are protected from crime however it might manifest itself, whilst addressing the new challenges and responsibilities set by the Home Secretary.

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  • Scientific research will be boosted by Brexit

    Julia_ReidRESIZE.jpgUKIP's Science Spokesman Dr Julia Reid MEP, who is a research biochemist by profession, has dismissed as scaremongering a round robin letter from Stephen Hawking and 150 academics about the impact on scientific research in the UK of a 'Leave' vote in the referendum.
     
    In the letter, published by The Times, Mr Hawking and the others claim "If the UK leaves the EU, and there is a loss of freedom of movement of scientists between the UK and Europe, it will be a disaster for UK science and universities."
     
    In response Dr Reid said, "This is a facile argument because long before the UK joined the Common Market, and before the implementation the of EU's Single Market policy, there was always free movement of scientists throughout Europe and the world.  If anything the UK's current immigration policy, driven by the large numbers of EU citizens coming from Eastern Europe, mean that we discriminate against the young talented scientists who wish to come to the UK from the rest of the world.
     
    "I am astonished at the content of this letter that has appeared in The Times.  Clearly, these academics fail to recognise that the EU is a failed experiment.

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  • Is Cameron the new Nick Clegg?

    william_d.jpgResponding to the Prime Minister's speech this afternoon UKIP Trade Spokesman and Deputy Chairman William Dartmouth MEP said: “I counted at least five blatant falsehoods. Project fear has become project false.

    "The PM mentioned quotas on UK goods exported to the EU on Brexit. This is against WTO rules. The Prime Minister needs to clarify what he means by this this.

    "Once again, he rolled out the old Liberal Democrat line of “3 million jobs”, this has been debunked time and time again, is he suggesting therefore that all trade would cease on Brexit? Is David Cameron the new Nick Clegg?".

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  • That the world's biggest Sovereign Wealth fund has no fear of Brexit is no surprise

    The massive £580bn Norwegian Sovereign Wealth fund has today stated confidence in a post EU Britain. Its boss Yngve Slyngstad said, "We will continue to be a significant investor in the UK at about the same level as we are today and probably even increasing our investments there going forward no matter what happens." This was backed up by the head of the Norwegian Central Bank, Oeystein Olsen who said,  "The fund will remain a long-term investor".

    Christopher Mills, the UKIP Business Spokesman responded, "Most of the entrepreneurial British fund managers know perfectly well that Brexit will have no significant impact on British business and the economy.

    "Similarly they don't have the same conflicts of interest as the big multinational investment banks who receive significant revenues from European governments I seem to remember that it was Goldman Sachs who advised the European Union that Greece could meet its economic criteria".

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