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  • UKIP will always stand up for pensioner's rights

    mcnarry2.pngDavid McNarry MLA, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, has condemned suggestions by the Taxpayer’s Alliance at a fringe meeting in the Tory Party conference to cut pensioner’s benefits: "To suggest that the government should exploit the current disarray of the Labour Party to make savage cuts to pensioner benefits and then make the suggestion that pensioners would ‘forget’ who had cut their benefits by the time of the next election, is deeply offensive to millions of people in this country. It is the language of condescension and contempt and it should have no part in political debate.

    "The Taxpayer’s Alliance who hosted this fringe group meeting at the Conservative Party conference where these views were reportedly put forward by Taxpayer’s Alliance Research Director, Alex Wild, should be ashamed of themselves. Liam Fox MP, the senior Conservative MP who was the keynote speaker at the event, should dissociate himself from these comments immediately."

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  • Another week, another company that has gone under and more jobs lost

    Jonathan-Arnott-photo-682x1024.jpgIn response to the news that SSI UK has gone into liquidation Jonathan Arnott, Redcar’s local UKIP Euro-MP, said: "The SSI plant in Redcar has been an integral part of the local community for many, many years. Not only will these 1,700 jobs now be lost with all the uncertainty that redundancy creates, there will be a secondary impact on many other local companies associated with the steel industry.

    "Redcar already has a high level of unemployment, so the impact upon the local community cannot be overestimated. I am deeply disappointed that our government did not fight harder to keep SSI open - and in the part played by EU state aid rules and British energy policy. Whilst I welcome the £80 million government package to help redundant workers, could that money not have been better spent to keep the plant open in the first place?

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  • Only UKIP will save the great British countryside

    Andrew-Charalambous-1.jpgThe National Trust has discovered that in two thirds of areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty planning schemes were given the nod ahead of concerns for the environment.

    Responding to this Andrew Charalambous, UKIP Housing & Environment Spokesman said: "The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is potentially the biggest ever threat to the British environment from a government that once aspired to be Britain's greenest ever. The government must take immediate steps to enshrine the protection of our countryside in law. This will necessitate the undoing of the NPPF which will make our country unrecognisable within a decade. No government has the right to deprive future generations of the great spectacle of the British countryside.

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  • Leave EU Campaign must reach beyond Westminster to win referendum

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgResponding today to an article from Lord Lawson announcing that he will be campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said that whilst he welcomed the news, the campaign must focus outside of Westminster on issues the public care about.

    Nigel Farage said: "Whilst I welcome Lord Lawson in his new role as head of Conservatives for Britain which will apparently be be campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, there are a few issues we must make clear.

    "Whilst winning support from Westminster figures is important, this referendum cannot be won in Westminster but out across the country. That is why I have been so impressed by the Leave.EU campaign which is signing up thousands of supporters every week and why I and other UKIP MEPs have been going across the country holding public meetings on the Say No to EU national tour, speaking to thousands of voters.

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  • Worries about immigration are at highest ever level, and continue to rise

    CQJJCpQWIAQDJvo.jpgLatest figures from the Ipsos/Mori issues index have shown that 40% now regard immigration as the biggest single issue facing the UK, with 56% regarding it as one of the most important. Even 49% of Labour supporters rate it as the highest concern.

    UKIP Immigration Spokesman Steven Woolfe said, “This poll number reflects badly on those amongst our country’s leaders who do not see how mass uncontrolled immigration is damaging the fabric of our nation. The people of this country do because they have the common sense to see that mass migration changes nations. If a country loses too many of its talented, economically aspirational people like those on the periphery of the Eurozone it is destined for economic failure. But if a country attracts millions of foreign born residents at an unplanned, accelerated rate it's infrastructure and public services are bound to creak at the seams.

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  • Attendees raise £2000 for Pilgrim Bandits at UKIP Conference

    MH_Pilgrim_Bandits.jpgAttendees at the UKIP conference in Doncaster raised £2000 for forces charity Pilgrim Bandits which helps injured servicemen and women and amputees maintain active lives. The charity were invited to the event to fundraise by the party's defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP as the charity's patron, Ben Parkinson MBE, is a local resident.

    Mike Hookem said, "I am proud - although not surprised - that party members dug deep into their pockets for such a worthwhile charity which recognises that people who had very active lives prior to any injury should have every chance to keep that up, even if they have lost limbs.

    "The party is incredibly supportive of the military and veterans and having Ben Parkinson to help us fundraise ensured we made as much money as possible."

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  • Burnham finally recognises the obvious - Mass immigration does depress low wages

    jane-collins.jpgThe admission by Andy Burnham that mass low skilled immigration "has made life harder for people in our poorest communities, where wages have been undercut and job security lost." is a welcome recognition of the blindingly obvious.

    UKIP employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP said Mr Burnham's words were "the desperate attempts of a man who has ignored the plight of the working classes due to mass immigration for years."

    "It can hardly come as a surprise to Mr Burnham that uncontrolled immigration, which he and his party support, has led to wage compression particularly amongst the lower paid.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman – “Corbyn kidding himself on a nuclear free world”

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    UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has slammed new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn for his “dream world” view of global nuclear security, saying; “Corbyn needs to get real and realise that the UK faces a whole new range of global nuclear threats.”

    Commenting after the Labour leader told Radio 4 that he would not press the nuclear button and that he believed in a “nuclear free world”, Mr Hookem said, “I know there have been media reports of Corbyn being sympathetic to terrorists organisations in the West Bank, Ireland and Iran; but to commit himself to scrapping the UK’s nuclear deterrent and leaving this country defenceless in a world full of nuclear proliferation, is short sighted and nothing short of dangerous.”

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  • Redcar’s workers sacrificed to comply with EU rules

    UKIP MEPs have united in condemnation of the closure of the Redcar steel works and JJonathan-Arnott-photo-682x1024.jpgonathan Arnott, Redcar’s local UKIP Euro-MP, has called for transitional state aid to help the steel works survive the temporary down turn in the steel market.

    Jonathan Arnott MEP said: "This is a tremendously sad day for Redcar, the North East and the United Kingdom. Thousands of jobs will now be lost directly at SSI, and thousands more indirectly. Redcar will be hit particularly hard as it is already has high levels of unemployment. Our proud British manufacturing tradition deserves better than this, and the real tragedy is that it is so unnecessary: the industry will be viable in the long term.

    "The high pound, Chinese market dumping, high cost of raw materials and especially government-caused artificially-inflated energy prices in an energy-intensive industry have contributed to temporary unprofitability. Steel is trading at a fraction of the price it did in 2010, but is likely to recover. This may be a textbook example of the need for transitional state aid, because now much-needed skills will disappear from our economy."

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  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs - Jane Collins MEP conference speech

    jane-collins.jpgGood afternoon conference.

    As your final speaker of the conference I will make sure I don’t talk for too long so we can all get in front of a TV to watch England beat Wales at rugby.

    As Employment spokeswoman for UKIP I have the important job of ensuring that in the referendum campaign the message about jobs and growth thriving outside of the EU is understood by every voter.

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