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  • Flooding tax condemned by UKIP Deputy Leader

    images.jpgNorth West MEP Paul Nuttall has reacted angrily to the possibility of council tax bills being hiked in flood hit areas.

    The idea of local authorities raising funds for flood defences through council tax, based on a Somerset scheme, is being supported by Environment Secretary Liz Truss.

    “Many people in my constituency, particularly in Cumbria, have suffered terribly from flooding problems in the last few months and with the awful prospect of even more potential problems in the next few days and weeks,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy UKIP leader.

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  • Time to show the red light to traffic signals

    download.jpgUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has called on the Government to switch off thousands of traffic lights across the UK after a report revealed unnecessary road signals are costing the economy a staggering £16 billion.

    A study by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) claims eight out of 10 traffic lights across the country should be ripped out to reduce traffic jams.

    “We’ve all seen what happens at many junctions when traffic lights are out of action – the flow is often dramatically improved, and journey times reduced,” said Mrs Seymour.

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  • Myths still abound over ‘access’ to EU market

    william_d.jpgUKIP's National Spokesman and EFDD Group Co-ordinator on International Trade, William Dartmouth MEP has written to the Financial Times to correct the myths that still about over access to the EU single market.

    In his letter, William, MEP for the South West of England, makes the point that, "Norway is not UKIP’s blueprint on Brexit. It never has been — nor, for that matter, Switzerland either."

    He also reiterates UKIP's position that the UK, as the fifth-largest economy in the world, that runs a massive trade deficit with the EU, could negotiate its own tailor-made agreement and if that is not forthcoming, the UK would trade with the EU, as do six of the top 10 exporters to the EU, and 11 of the top 20, under World Trade Organisation rules.

    Finally, his letter makes clear that a country does not need to be a member of the EU, or of the EEA, nor even have a trade agreement with the EU in order to have “access” to the EU’s single market.

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  • UKIP MEPs holding Jonathan Faull to account

    Follow the UKIP MEPs' quizzing of Jean-Claude Juncker's Brexit man Jonathan Faull starting at 1030: 

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  • Why should British tax payers fund unemployment in other EU countries?

    European leaders have been discussing the idea of an EU wide unemployment benefit funded by tax payers, UKIP MEP Jane Collins has revealed.

    In an extraordinary meeting of the employment committee Minister Pier Padoan put forward proposals for a centralised EU run fund to deal with the millions of unemployed people, many as a direct result of the eurozone crisis and the policies of the European Central Bank.  

    The economist said he thought that the funding for the scheme, which was proposed by the Italian government in the ECOFIN meeting of European economic ministers, should come from "collective instruments" i.e taxes.

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  • Dr Julia Reid MEP expresses her dismay after inspections of play equipment across the South West uncovers damning findings

    Dr_Reid.jpgDr Reid, who represents the South West and Gibraltar and worked as a biochemist, said she was deeply concerned after inspections found higher than expected levels of lead, cadmium, chromium and antimony after testing equipment at 47 children’s playgrounds across the South West region.

    The research was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

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  • Councils struggling to cope with huge rise in child asylum seekers

    jane_collins_MEP.jpgUKIP MEP Jane Collins has said the warning by social workers that they are struggling to cope with the increased number of child asylum seekers "shows how the migrant crisis is permeating every layer of our national and local services."

    Mrs Collins spoke out after 'Community Care' magazine revealed many local authorities were struggling to cope, with one recording 650% increase in the number of asylum-seeking children compared to last year.

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  • It’s time to stop hammering the over-taxed British motorist

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has criticised the Government’s insurance premium tax rises for piling extra financial pressure onto the ‘already overburdened British motorist’.

    Her comments came after it was revealed that car insurance costs have risen by an average of more than £100 in less than a year.

    According to the AA’s British Insurance Premium Index, a typical comprehensive policy went up by 10 per cent in the final quarter of 2015, and is 20 per cent higher than the same time at the end of 2014.

    “British drivers are already over-taxed by our Government, and this is yet another attack on the everyday motorist,” said Mrs Seymour, one of UKIP’s three West Midlands MEPs.

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  • UKIP calls for the release of Nick Dunn and his fellow prisoners



    Jonathan_Arnott.jpgThe plight of Northumberland man Nick Dunn - imprisoned in India along with other pirate hunters - has been raised in the European Parliament.

    Regional UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott called on the Indian government to review their cases and free them.

    Mr Dunn, a 29-year-old former paratrooper from Ashington, and five other British ex-soldiers, were jailed for five years earlier this month. They were working for US maritime company AdvanFort providing anti-piracy protection when their ship was detained in October 2013 and weapons were found.

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  • While the job creators in small business struggle with EU red tape, the PM backs the big businesses

    jane_collins_MEP.jpgUKIP employment spokesman, Jane Collins MEP has attacked the Prime Minister over his call to EU leaders to back his ‘big business' supported campaign for the UK to remain in the EU; saying, “It is the real job creators in small and medium enterprises who shoulder the massive burden of crazy EU regulations, and it is these employers and workers who David Cameron should be fighting for.”

    Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Collins said, “According to figures issued by the FSB, small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at the start of 2015 and provided 60% of all private sector employment in the UK.”

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