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  • Christmas floods prove government needs to spend billions on flood defences rather than HS2 vanity project

    Mike_Hookem.jpgYorkshire & North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem has sympathised with people hit by the unprecedented Christmas flooding saying, “My heart goes out to those all those affected”; while slamming the government for “ignoring the abject misery, disruption and damage caused by flooding” in favour of “pouring billions into vanity projects such as HS2”.

    Speaking after many areas of Northern England, including his Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire constituency fell victim to massive flooding on Christmas and Boxing Day; Mr Hookem said, “Flooding is terrible at any time of year, but it must be particularly hard during the festive period.”

    “While flooding has brought a premature end to Christmas for many across the North of England, the government is still wheeling out the same tied excuses for its repeated failures to invest in and properly manage flood defences across the country.”

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  • UKIP release the EU rich list 2015/16

    The_EU_Rich_List-page-001.jpgAhead of the forthcoming EU Referendum the UKIP Parliamentary Resource Unit has released ground-breaking research that shows just how high on the hog the invisible bureaucracy of Brussels is living, click the picture or here to download it.

    Put together the 100 top paying jobs cost the taxpayer £40 million of hard earned taxpayers money. This is made up of basic salary, generous EU taxation, side benefits and pensions. The lists of the Top Ten highest paid EU Commissioners, EU Judges, EU Bankers and EU Quangocrats can be downloaded here.  

    Douglas Carswell MP said, "the Eurocracy are like the Ancien Régime, they have forgotten nothing when it comes to their own personal advantages, yet have learned nothing from the years of economic chaos that they have presided over. It is time that the UK pulled out of this get rich scheme for the European Establishment".

    The study breaks down the payments in a clear and unambiguous way showing that the fastest of the European fat cats are the Judges on the Various European Courts.

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  • Bank of England research finally accepts immigration causes lower wages

    Steven-Woolfe-800x500.jpgUKIP Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP: Since I have been the UKIP spokesman on Migration, along with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, I have been arguing that mass uncontrolled migration pushes down the wages of the low paid in Britain. This is not the first report which came to the same conclusion. In fact, Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney also recently accepted that unsustainable levels of migration causes wage compression some time ago.

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  • Climate change industry has become a powerful vested interest

    Julia_Reid.jpgCommenting in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week on the Paris talks on climate change, UKIP MEP Dr Julia Reid, said coal, which had been the provider of cheap and affordable electricity for many years, had been demonised.

    Speaking in the Parliament earlier this week, Dr Reid, who is UKIP's national Science spokesman, said: “Whenever I hear the words 'historic agreement' my sceptical streak kicks in.

    “The aim is to keep warming below two degrees at a time when there has been no warming since 1997 when we know that a thousand years ago the Earth was warmer than it is today.

    “Current records are all too brief even 250 years is insufficient time for a meaningful assessment of long-term climate patterns and so-called models are only as good as the data in the programming.

    “The climate change industry has become a powerful vested interest. So what will this really mean in Swindon, Exeter and Penzance?

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  • The Government continues to put upward pressure on rents

    Andrew_Charalambous.jpgUKIP Housing Spokesman, Andrew Charalambous has joined the Residential Landlords Association in criticising Tory government plans to extend mandatory licensing for HMO's. The new plans may bring in to the HMO category all two storey and/or rental properties with five persons or more. The new changes will impose a harsh burden on the already severely strained resources of local authorities. Worst still, the high cost of implementing these changes will undoubtedly be passed on to tenants rents. Resulting in further fundamental pressure on already rapidly rising rents.

    Andrew Charalambous said, "At a time when there is a desperate shortage in affordable housing the government should not be compounding the problem by over-regulating the market with unnecessary red tape and superfluous costs. This government has let down both tenants and landlords alike. It's time they stopped entertaining gesture politics and started practically addressing our country's colossal housing crisis."

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  • Uninvited EU border guards is another EU power grab

    "Another European summit and yet another power grab. It's funny every single time a European Union policy fails, and that's pretty often, the demand is more centralisation and more Europe", said UKIP leader Nigel Farage today.

    Speaking in the European Parliament, Strasbourg in front of Commission President Juncker and political group leaders, Farage said of the EU response to failing to control migration: "So our solution is that the EU border agency and the EU maritime services should be given powers and the ability to declare force majeure over the member states.

    "And incredibly the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is supporting this and yet that's the same Prime Minister who is going in to have a meeting with you tomorrow night to talk about our so called renegotiation."

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  • UKIP pressure leads to Tory splits on EU membership for Turkey

    After questioning from UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge Syed Kamall, Conservative group leader in the European Parliament, today admitted that "Turkey will never join the European Union."

    This is in direct conflict with the Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, who has said on several occasions that Turkey should join the EU, going as far to say, "I will remain your strongest possible advocate for EU membership and greater influence at the top table of European diplomacy."

    The exchange can be seen here:

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  • UKIP study warns that the European Banking Crisis is far from over

    European_Banks_Not_Fixed_Yet-page-001.jpgA combination of regulatory capture, conflicts of interest and inadequate stress testing leaves the British and European Union banking systems with significant threat of failure, argues banking researcher, Konrad Urban in his new paper for the UKIP Parliamentary Resource Unit, “European Banks: Not Fixed Yet”, which can be downloaded here.

    Mark Reckless, UKIP’s Director of Policy Development said, "This is a timely and worrying intervention in the debate about banks, and banking regulation. Interest rates may be set to rise in the US but seven years of near-zero interest rates in the UK and the Eurozone leave banks here in a precarious position. Instead of intermediating capital between savers and the most productive borrowers, European banks have depended on quantitative easing and an 'extend and pretend' regime. The result is that major banks in the UK, but also in Germany at least as much as in southern Europe, may once again fall back on taxpayer bail-outs if a financial crisis of similar scale recurs. European banks are not fixed yet.'

    The paper argues forcefully that while banks and financial institutions may retain their profits, the regulatory system ensure that the risks and possible losses are still the responsibility of the government’s, and therefore the taxpayer. There is therefore no imperative for the banks to act with caution.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman furious at Veterans Pensions freeze

    Mike_Hookem.jpegUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has reacted furiously to news that ministers are to freeze the pensions of 140,000 veterans and widows in 2016-2017 saying, “This move is an utter betrayal of everything the military covenant stands for.”

    Former soldier, Mr Hookem continued, “despite all the guarantees of honouring the military covenant and the government’s spin during the recent SDSR of improving the lot of our armed forces, Cameron is leaving veterans and war widows out in the cold.”

    “This pensions freeze is utterly two faced when you consider how only a few weeks ago, ministers were pushing to send our brave forces into action once again. It seems the while ministers are very quick to send our forces in to battle, they feel no need to repay their bravery and loyalty when veterans need the help.”

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  • EU border power grab a full frontal attack on a country's control over national borders

    Diane_James.jpgToday the European Commission unveiled new proposals for a new €280 million a year European Border and Coast Guard agency which will supposedly "ensure a strong and shared management of the external borders." Within these proposals there is a "right to intervention" for the EU if it is deemed the member state is failing to protect the bloc's external boundary.

    Diane James MEP and UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman commented, "This is a full frontal attack on national sovereignty from the EU. All pretence has now been discarded and the Commission will now openly act against a member state's wishes and operate within its borders without permission. By acting contrary to the wishes of national parliaments the EU has displayed its desire for a federal state for all to see."

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