• Now let's lift our Leader into Parliament – and change the face of British politics for good

    paulnuttallstokebanner.jpgOur Party Chairman Paul Oakden writes, 

    At 11.00 this morning, we announced that our Party Leader, Paul Nuttall, would be UKIP’s candidate for the forthcoming by-election in Stoke-on-Trent Central, on Thursday 23 February.

    Thanks to the Stoke-on-Trent branch and the great Mick Harold, who came only 5000 votes behind Tristram Hunt in 2015 but has gallantly ceded the candidacy to Paul, we now have the chance to see our Leader elected to Westminster for the first time.

    It really can happen. Though Mick’s fantastic campaign pushed the Tories into third place by just 33 votes (0.2%) last time, our private polling shows that with Paul as our candidate we are only a handful of points behind Corbyn’s Labour – with the Conservatives stuck some 10 points behind, totally out of sight of a win.

    We have worked and prayed for this moment. We took our last Party Leader to within 3000 votes of Parliament in South Thanet, in the face of one of the most vicious – and dubious – spoiler campaigns in recent history.

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  • Over 200 jobs secured as the Ministry of Defence secures £269m helicopter surveillance system deal

    To-use2.jpgDr Julia Reid MEP, who represents the South West Counties & Gibraltar, welcomes the news that a new Ministry of Defence deal for a helicopter surveillance system will sustain 210 highly skilled British jobs.

    The £269m deal with Lockheed Martin marks the beginning of the lengthy manufacturing process on the new Crowsnest helicopter surveillance system. This will reportedly provide long range air, maritime and land detection, and tracking capability to Royal Navy ships through a helicopter-borne surveillance system. The new Crowsnest system, which will be integrated into the Merlin Mk2 helicopter, is being designed for use by the new Queen Elizabeth Class ships.

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  • Local NHS worker selected as UKIP candidate for the Copeland By-Election

    FionaMillsCopeland.jpgUKIP has selected Fiona Mills as their candidate in the forthcoming Copeland by-election. Fiona, who was recently elected to the UKIP NEC works in the local NHS and was the UKIP candidate in Carlisle in the General Election.

    Fiona Mills said, "I am honoured and delighted to have been selected by the UKIP West Cumbria branch to be their Copeland candidate. As UKIP Cumbria Chairman I travel all over the county and it is my feeling that people want a Member of Parliament who will truly represent them. I will do precisely that.

    "The main issues in Copeland are health service provision and the nuclear industry. UKIP strongly supports both. I have worked in the NHS for 24 years, I'm passionate about improving and preserving it and I'm proud to have helped write UKIP's excellent Health Policy. We have solutions to the current health crises.

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  • UKIP demands action to stop the loss of national treasures

    jcVjhVBq.jpgWealthy buyers and dealers are using 'exploitable loopholes' and 'gentlemen's agreements' to avoid export restrictions on national treasures. This has resulted in 41 artworks worth almost £300m leaving our shores for good between 2011 - 2016. These pieces included Picasso's Child With A Dove which is now thought to be in Qatar and a Rembrandt self portrait.

    Victoria Ayling UKIP Heritage and Tourism Spokesman supported The Art Fund in demanding that the rules should be tightened.

    She said, "Important cultural objects bought by overseas collectors often have a temporary export ban put on them. This gives British dealers or museums a chance to match the price, then the owner has to sell it to them. This has meant many wonderful and historical pieces have been saved for the Nation to be enjoyed by all, whilst the owner still gets a fair price.

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  • Surrey Council put already stretched household budgets at unacceptable risk, says UKIP

    petereeve.jpgUKIP spokesman on Local Government, Cllr Peter Reeve MBE today condemned the proposal by Cllr David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council to impose a 15% tax rise on its residents. 

    Cllr Reeve said: "Even if the move is rejected by residents, the cost of the referendum that will be triggered by the proposed tax rise will have to be paid by the Surrey council tax payer, which could be up to £1 million. 

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  • EU Parliament refusal to use electronic ballot for President vote is a step back in time

    jillparl.jpgNew European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, has faced a grilling on Day One in his new job over the use of paper ballots for internal Parliament elections.

    The current method for the ballot has taken almost three whole days of voting to conclude – when there is already a far cheaper and more efficient method of counting the vote.

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  • Universities are ripping Students off and closing down their minds

    Opening_the_British_Mind-page-001.jpgUniversities are often considered hallowed halls of academic learning which offer you a chance to open your mind and get a degree that leads to a secure, well-paid job. According to a research paper just released by UKIP in Parliament, the reality is that going to university is more likely to lead you into debt and underemployment, and terrify you into conformity. The government needs to reform fees and safeguard free speech on campus if British universities are to serve the interests of students, says the paper’s author, Simon Gordon.

    “The current tuition system isn’t working for either students or taxpayers,” says Gordon. “Higher tuition fees haven’t improved standards, pushed up graduate earnings, or produced a high-skilled workforce. They’ve just left more students in debt and made it far more likely that taxpayers will have to pick up the bill for unpaid student loans.”


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  • Britain is not bluffing and will not be bullied over Brexit plans, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall tells EU

    NuttallinEU.jpgUKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP told the European Parliament today that Britain is not a country that will be bullied easily by EU negotiators, following Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement of her Brexit objectives.

    He also criticised the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn's Labour and its demise as the party of working people.

    Speaking in Strasbourg, Mr Nuttall said: “No-one in Britain bar UKIP, my party, is holding the government to account on these issues, maybe because the British Labour Party is a shambles that has let down working class people for far too long.”

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  • UKIP's response to Theresa May's speech today

    PaulNuttall1.jpgResponding to Theresa May's speech today, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall: "Some of it did sound like a UKIP conference speech and the Prime Minister is now applying some of the things that we’ve been talking about for many, many years, so I would give her seven out of ten for this effort.

    "But I am concerned that what we’re getting is some sort of slow-motion Brexit where she is speaking about interim measures, or a transitional period, which will only begin after April 2019. She has given no end date to these transitional measures. I challenge the Prime Minister; let’s have this all done and clean before the next General Election in 2020. 

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  • Defence spokesman calls for more NATO spending

    thumbnail_bill4.jpgBill Etheridge, UKIP Defence Spokesman, has lambasted the levels of military spending throughout NATO as President-elect Donald Trump called the bloc “obsolete” for failing to adequately deal with terrorism. In a statement contradicting the incoming defence chief, Mr Trump reiterated his criticism that "a lot of" the 28 member states were relying on the USA and not paying their fair share.

    His comments have raised concerns throughout the alliance, according to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Foreign Minister.

    Mr Etheridge, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, said “It is a crime that so many nations in NATO have failed to meet their obligations.

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