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  • EU rules mean we can't treat British benefit claimants differently from EU job seekers

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has responded to the employment minister who said she would "make sure" British workers are "supported and protected" if the plans to strip EU migrants of their benefits goes ahead.

    Mrs Collins said Mrs Patel "knows very well that one of the basic rules of the EU is that we can't discriminate based on nationality, which means any cuts meant to target EU migrants will hit Brits."

    She said it "begged the question whether Mrs Patel is being disingenuous or she is unaware about how the European Union works."

     

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  • Emwazi strike sends a message to IS terrorists they are never 'safe' no matter where they are

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has welcomed news of a drone strike which is said to have killed Mohammed Emwazi, the terrorist know as 'Jihadi John', saying; "this sends a message to the terrorists and their supporters that no matter how safe they feel in their Syrian enclave, they can still be reached wherever they are."

    But he stated that he did not believe that the killing was 'self defence' which the Prime Minister claimed it was.

    "The only kind of self defence is to take out a target just prior to them launching action against your side," said Mr Hookem.

    "What happened here was anti-IS forces taking out an enemy combatant: Mr Cameron shouldn't use the 'Tony Blair guide to International Law' because it is notoriously faulty.

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  • UKIP pours cold water on plans for Police degrees

    James_3ba8f93ef5c350a6ebb0b02f02a31266.jpgPlans announced that call for all police officers to have passed a degree before qualifying as policemen have been queried by UKIP Home Affairs spokesman Diane James MEP.

    Ms James said, "Though the idea of better qualified policemen and women is laudable, one has to ask for what purpose? Is this an idea to support the further education sector and Universities rather than to actually improve policing?"

    "Of course there are thousands in the Force with degrees. But to make a career in the police dependent on a degree seems excessive. After all policing is almost a vocational career and that should not be wholly or otherwise dependent on educational achievement."

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  • 2015 NEC election results

    The following have been duly elected in this year's NEC elections:

    Name

    Votes

    Victoria Ayling 

    3400

    Alan Bown 

    3086

    Elizabeth Jones 

    2650

    Richard Coke 

    2630

    Piers Wauchope

    2206

    Tomaz Slivnik 

    1970

    Party chairman Steve Crowther said: “I am delighted to welcome the 6 new members of the NEC including Alan Bown and Pier Wauchope who have been returned. I am also pleased to see that over 40% of the elected NEC is now female. This is an NEC combining experience and new blood. I look forward to working with them in continuing to modernise and develop the Party to meet its challenges as the UK’s 3rd major political force.”

    The Returning Officer, Adam Richardson, said: “All the results were clear and without dispute and I would like to thank the dedicated team of volunteers at Lexdrum House that assisted in a very professionally conducted count and would like to congratulate the new NEC members on their election.”

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  • UKIP Wales pledges to cut management and put money back into frontline policing and health

    CTsEW5qWEAAzvJb.pngUKIP has repeated its call for high paid management to be cut in Wales’ acute services in order to fund better frontline medical care and policing.

    A report by The Taxpayers’ Alliance has revealed that 2,620 staff in Wales police forces and NHS on six figure salaries, many of whom occupy managerial positions.

    A UKIP Wales spokesman commented: “We have seen increasing decline in standards of vital public services in Wales, particularly health, since devolution and it simply cannot be right that a large proportion of management are on such large salaries when investment is desperately needed at the frontline, particularly for cancer, stroke and dementia care.

    “UKIP would also close to halve the size of Health Boards from 18 to 20 to 10 to12 and would elect the non-executive majority on each board to make them more accountable to the public they should serve, not overpaid top managers.

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  • The visit of India's Prime Minister is to be welcomed but on trade, the UK's welcome is limited

    william_d.jpgUKIP Trade Spokesman William Dartmouth MEP has commented today on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day visit to the UK saying: “The visit of India's Prime Minister is to be welcomed. But on trade, the UK's welcome is limited by the fact that, as an EU member the UK cannot enter into a Trade Agreement with India - or for that matter any other country.

    “While we are in the EU, the EU diminishes the UK's place in the world and restricts our ability to pursue our national interest. We would be better off out. The visit of India's Prime Minister is yet another example why.”

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  • Number of Romanians and Bulgarians in Britain has topped 200,000 for the first time

    migrants-all-time-high_(1).pngThe number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers in Britain has topped 200,000 for the first time, as the overall European Union immigrant workforce reached 2.1 million, official figures have shown. There were nearly 300,000 additional EU residents in Britain in the latest data compared with a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said - the largest annual rise since records began in 1997. It represented a rise of 16 per cent in a year. Among Romanians and Bulgarians - who controversially gained full access to the British job market on January 1 last year - the figures reached 219,000, a 30,000 increase year-on-year or 16 per cent, by birth rather than nationality.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “The number of Romanians and Bulgarians in Britain tops 200,000. I have repeatedly warned against a surge - do people believe me now?

    “The record number of EU migrants now in the UK show that inside the EU we cannot control our borders.

    “And it is clear from David Cameron’s pathetic renegotiation that the only way to control immigration is to leave the EU. Remaining will mean continued open door mass migration.”

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  • UKIP supports Sir James Dyson as he falls foul of an “anti-competitive, bureaucratic and ill-conceived” ECJ ruling

    Margot_3.jpgThe European Court of Justice has today dismissed British entrepreneur Sir James Dyson’s claim that new EU regulation on energy labelling of vacuum cleaners is discriminatory and unfair. Dyson’s vacuums, which use mainly “cyclonic” technology, are disproportionately penalised due to the flawed testing system which does not allow for fair comparison.

    UKIP MEP and Small Business spokeswoman Margot Parker commented, “I personally bought a Dyson last week but had I known this ECJ judgement was coming I would have bought two of them.

    "This judgement exposes the EU for the anti-competitive culture that it promotes. Bureaucrats hate entrepreneurs just as the EU detests democracy. Innovative British businesses are dicing with death when the EU gets them in a stranglehold.

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  • Czech Prime Minister has already "thrown a spanner in the works" for Mr Cameron

    jane-collins.jpgCzech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says his country "will insist on the free movement of people and equal rights for all EU citizens" in negotiations over the future shape of the EU and any attempts to limit freedom of movement would pose "a serious problem" for the Czech Republic and "the right to work and live anywhere in the EU is absolutely essential to us due to our historical experience".

    UKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP said the Czech Prime Minister's comments had effectively "Thrown a spanner in Mr Cameron's plans by ensuring he will not have unanimity in the Council of Ministers for wholesale legislative change on the rights of EU workers to access the UK jobs market and claim benefits."

    "Statistics published today show that 40%* of recent European Economic Area migrants are receiving benefits which places a huge burden on our social security bill. The presence of in-work benefits not only distorts the labour market but means that large companies can get away with paying the minimum wage for jobs and allowing the tax payer to top up their workers' salaries.

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  • Nigel Farage responds to the Prime Minister's speech on the EU

    nigel-quote-FACEBOOK-fix.pngResponding to the Prime Minister's EU speech today, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "Clear that Mr Cameron is not aiming for any substantial renegotiation. No promise to regain the supremacy of Parliament. Nothing on ending the free movement of people. And no attempt to reduce Britain's massive contribution to the EU budget.

    "His speech was an attempt to portray a new 'Third way' relationship with Brussels that is simply not on offer."

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