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  • Tory U-turn not good enough - older votes must keep up the pressure, says O'Flynn

    PatrickOflynn.pngUKIP economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn branded today's Conservative U-turn on a death tax for social care as "wholly inadequate and raising more questions than it answers".

    The Conservatives have announced they will cap the amount that can be taken from the estates of people who needed social care when they were alive, but have not said what the cap will be.

    Mr O'Flynn, who this morning predicted the Tory policy would unravel and called for it to be dumped, said: "The Conservatives are in full meltdown on this issue. But just telling people they will consult on a cap on social care bills is not good enough.

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  • Tories must call off their new death tax on pensioner homes

    PatrickOflynn.pngUKIP economic spokesman Patrick O'Flynn today called on the Conservatives to scrap their plans to take huge sums out of the estates of elderly people who have received social care.

    He said: "This Tory death tax could involve taking tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of pounds out of someone’s estate if they have been unlucky enough to suffer an extended debilitating condition late in life.

    "This is a Russian roulette approach to paying for social care for the elderly and the abrogation of government responsibility. It makes a mockery of the claims of Mrs May and her key advisers to be running a communitarian Conservative administration.

    "The Prime Minister seems to wish to avoid scrutiny on heavyweight political programmes in this election. She went on the One Show recently. If she sticks to this policy her next appearance should be on Total Wipeout because that is pretty much what she has in mind for the estates of many elderly people."

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  • Draconian EU vaping rules show why we have to have a full clean Brexit

    "The EU Directive which comes into force today that places massive restrictions on vaping, is exactly the sort of legislation that should be repealed when Britain finally leaves the EU", said Paul Nuttall the UKIP leader in Clacton this morning. 

    "The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was debated from a position of ignorance. There is no point to these regulations and no public health benefit. They do, however, destroy a highly successful free market which has seen almost 3 million people make the switch from tobacco to a far safer alternative at no cost to the taxpayer. Make no mistake, the only result of these regulations will be to deter smokers from quitting smoking. 

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  • Tory Manifesto attacks on the elderly and their families

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    The provisions for new 'death taxes' in the Tory manifesto are the latest in a long line of examples where parties who have traditionally stood to defend people from the state, become, when in power the very thing that needs people to be defended against. UKIP stand full square with ordinary families who now face financial punishment for just getting old.

    Patrick O'Flynn the UKIP Economics spokesman commented, "The Conservatives are planning to unleash the biggest tax raid in history on pensioner households. It is unbelievable that the elderly should be subjected to a new death tax by a party that pretends to defend their interests. UKIP will fight this just as hard as we are fighting Philip Hammond's plan for a national insurance attack on the self-employed."

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  • It’s official… Theresa’s Tories have become THE Labour Party

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    Responding to today’s Conservative manifesto launch, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said:

    “It is official. The Tory Party has become almost identical to the Labour Party. They offer no end to mass immigration, no firm Brexit, no end to spending billions of our hard-earned money on so-called foreign ‘aid’, and they offer no curb on our National Health Service being used as an international drop-in centre.”

    UKIP will publish its fully-costed manifesto next week in a document that will reveal significant reductions to the £14bn so-called annual foreign aid budget, as well as a cast-iron guarantee around slashing net immigration by introducing a points-based mechanism.

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  • Theresa May: More Diane Abbott than UKIP

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    This morning UKIP Thurrock Candidate, Cllr Tim Aker MEP blasted Theresa May and the Tory party for backing sliding on Brexit.

    Cllr Tim Aker MEP said: "Without UKIP there would have been no Referendum. Without UKIP there would have been no vote to Leave the EU. Now, more than ever, we need UKIP MPs to make sure we finish the job and actually get Britain out of the EU on our terms, bringing back control of our borders, our laws, our fisheries and our money.

    "Theresa May has talked a good game. She’s been doing this for years. When she was Home Secretary, every conference speech could have been written by UKIP. Her delivery, however, could have been orchestrated by Labour’s Diane Abbott.

    "If you were to be blindfolded and heard policies such as police cuts, cuts to prison services and soaring net immigration to a third of a million, you would think I was reeling off Labour policies.

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  • Tories make it clear they have no desire to change on immigration

    In response to today's editorial in the Evening Standard, edited by the former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, UKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, 

    "Under Cameron and Osborne's government, which pledged to bring net immigration down the 'tens of thousands', with the explicit support of Mrs May, then Home Secretary, gross immigration ran at just under 600,000 a year. Why did Osborne's Tories make this promise and then so disastrously fail to deliver it? Were they incompetent or misleading the British people, most likely both. 

    "We don't need lessons from a failed Chancellor, who having promised to eliminate the deficit within one Parliament missed his own target by a country mile."

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  • Grow up or we'll walk away

    Speaking today in the European Parliament plenary debate in Strasbourg on the European Council’s adopted guidelines for the Brexit negotiations UKIP MEP Nigel Farage labelled Mr Juncker’s behaviour as unacceptable and called for a change of tactics from the EU or the United Kingdom may be forced to walk away from the talks before the end of the year.



    Nigel Farage MEP said: “In any other part of the civilised world frankly that behaviour would be considered to be bloody rude and the act of a bully. Well I’ll tell you something, your attempt to bully the Brits through these negotiations is not working, sixty-eight percent now of the British people want Brexit to happen.

    “Either we get some grown up, reasonable demands from the European Union or the United Kingdom will be forced to walk away before the end of this year. We can’t spend two years with this farce, there is a big, big world out there.”

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  • Labour's plan to tackle the decline of pubs is anything but

    Paul.jpgUKIP Leader and long time advocate of UKIP's "Save the Pub Campaign" Paul Nuttall said, "Labour has announced plans that are intended to tackle the decline of pubs however, they will do anything but that.

    "Their plans demonstrate a complete lack of joined up thinking. Whilst guaranteeing to list all pubs as "assets of community value" to help stop them being sold off to supermarket chains and the like is laudable, when combined with an refusal to rule out a rise in beer duty it is nothing but an empty gesture. Protecting pubs from becoming supermarkets, while at the same time reinforcing the supermarkets ability to undercut pub prices is fantasy economics, and a cruel fantasy at that.

    "Ever rising beer duty is driving pubs out of business. Labour's "plan" would kill pubs through tax, while thumping a few extra nails in their coffins as pub cos and publicans would be condemned to penury by ever rising beer duty and unable to offload failed assets due to a universal listing of pubs as assets of community value. On a case by case basis it is good that pubs can be listed, but it is not always the best solution.

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  • The Tories are planning another targeted attack on white van men and women

    PatrickOflynn.pngPatrick O'Flynn, the UKIP Economics spokesman, has today warned that the Tories are likely to hit the self employed with hikes in National Insurance.

    Mr O'Flynn demanded that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond protect the lifeblood of our economy, the self employed strivers.

    "First, he could and should explicitly rule out unleashing a new national insurance raid on the self-employed. The pernicious measure that he set out in his Budget, and that UKIP vehemently opposed, would have hit 2.5 million workers, 1.6 million of whom are basic rate income tax payers.

    "It would have cost them an average of £240 a year each. When Mr Hammond withdrew it, he did so  only because it contravened the terms of the 2015 Tory manifesto which will of course falls after this election. He said he still thought that hiking NI on the self-employed was “the right approach”.

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