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  • Plain Packs: it's plain wrong, in principle and in practice

    Paul_Nuttall.jpegToday's vote to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes is wrong both in principle and practice," says UKIP's Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.

    "It is wrong that it was just dealt with by a committee and not open to discussion by all MPs on the floor of the House. It is the nanny state at its worst and an affront to democracy to, push ahead with legislation without a full reasoned debate.

    "Worse still it fails even to deliver what its proponents argue. Plain packaging is bound to lead to an increase in counterfeiting and who knows what toxic substances could be in them, it sends shivers down my spine," said Mr Nuttall.

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage accepts debate invitation from Telegraph/Guardian/YouTube

    debate_me.pngSpeaking on the proposal by the Telegraph, Guardian, and YouTube, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said:

    “Scrutiny is an important part of democracy, and for this reason I am delighted to accept the Telegraph/Guardian/YouTube invitation to this debate – so that I can make the case to the British electorate on why they should vote UKIP.

    "I hope that the Prime Minister will muster up the courage to stand by his own words, and show up to try and defend his record in government. Mr Cameron has failed on nearly every pledge he made to the British public in 2010, and it is evident he’s afraid of butting heads with UKIP on immigration, the EU, our NHS, defence, education policy and more.”

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  • Those most impacted by mass unskilled migration are our own settled minority groups

    Margot_3.jpgFigures released by the House of Commons Library have highlighted a truth that has for years been brushed under the carpet. The British citizens who are most adversely impacted by mass unskilled inward migration have been our own settled minority groups.

    UKIP small business spokesman Margot Parker MEP said, "This figure is disappointing but not surprising. It supports something that we in UKIP have been saying for a very long time - mass uncontrolled immigration negatively effects the employment opportunities of settled immigrant communities as much as it does anyone else.

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  • EU Army? Who do you think you're kidding, Mr Juncker?

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage's latest speech in the European Parliament responding to the President of the European Commission's calls for an EU Army.

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  • New report shows that British jobs are not dependent on EU membership

    PatrickOflynn.jpgA new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs shows that the ability to trade with Europe does not rely on membership of the EU. Patrick O'Flynn, UKIP MEP and Economics Spokesman, said: "This excellent and very measured report from the Institute of Economic Affairs gives the lie to ridiculous claims peddled by all three other parties that leaving the EU would cause a jobs meltdown."

    "As the author notes, there may very well be net job creation in the wake of a British exit. What is quite clear is that the ability to trade does not rely on membership of a political union, but the ability to be an independent democracy relies on not being absorbed into a political union."

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  • Cameron’s smoke and mirrors on defence spending fool no one

    Mike_Hookem.jpegMike Hookem MEP, UKIP Defence Spokesman has reacted angrily to David Cameron’s suggestion that Security Services spending should be added to the defence budget in order to meet the UK’s 2% NATO defence spending commitments; calling the move, “duplicitous and simply dangerous”. The move comes after a new study suggests that Britain will miss its NATO commitment by £2 billion next year.

    Speaking from Strasbourg, Mr Hookem said, “Who does David Cameron think he is kidding by trying to fudge the figures in this way? This is smoke and mirrors politics at its worst and particularly hypocritical considering that David Cameron has been lecturing other western leaders on the need to keep up their own defence spending.”

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  • Time to dispense with mandatory coalition in Stormont

    mcnarry-ukip1.jpgUKIP Leader in Northern Ireland David McNarry MLA says : “It may take some refining and require some gutsy, hard argued negotiations but mandatory coalition isn’t working and needs to be replaced.”

    "UKIP will call upon whoever forms the next UK government after the general election for a voluntary coalition system in the NI Assembly to be implemented. The experiment of enforcing opposites to work with each other has created tensions, bad and painfully slow decision making and poor, sluggish, non-delivering government in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The losers have been the people of Northern Ireland shackled to a mandatory coalition of five parties which has had the effect of creating ineffective cantons of party-controlled departments instead of cohesive measures from a joined-up government across the Executive.”

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage makes intervention on Greece-EU Crisis

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegUK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage MEP has made an intervention in the ongoing Greece/European Union crisis following comments from Greece’s Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, whom Mr Farage spoke with this morning.

    Kammenos is quoted as having said of its ongoing financial and currency crisis: “If they [the Troika] deal a blow to Greece, then they should know the migrants will get papers to go to Berlin… If Europe leaves us in the crisis, we will flood it with migrants, and it will be even worse for Berlin if in that wave of millions of economic migrants there will be some jihadists of the Islamic State too.”

    The comments, seized upon across the European press as incendiary, were discussed in a private telephone conversation between Mr Farage and Mr Kammenos this morning, with a view to the European Member of Parliament developing a greater understanding of the events in Greece, and offering his support for Greece’s democratic process, which is being consistently undermined, and is yet to be properly recognised by the European powers. It was clear from the conversation that the Greek problems are not limited to financial issues, but indeed take into consideration up to a million illegal immigrants, mainly from Turkey, that Greece has been pressured to absorb due to the European Union’s expansionism, i.e. paving the way for Turkey to become a full member state of the European Union.

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  • Outrageous ruling goes against the principle of British justice

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour MEP has slammed the ‘outrageous’ court ruling which is forcing the Government to pay compensation to a drug dealer involved in a car crash.

    Sean Delaney, from Bedworth in Warwickshire, was left with long term disabilities when the Mercedes in which he was travelling crashed near Nuneaton nine years ago. The father of four, who had to be cut free from the wreckage, was found with a ‘football-sized’ portion of cannabis worth around £1,000 in his jacket. The Department of Transport initially refused to pay Delaney any compensation because he was caught in a criminal act, but the decision has now been overturned at the Appeal Court. The court ruled that the UK policy of refusing to compensate accident victims who have been knowingly involved in crime contravenes EU directives concerning motor insurance.

    Mrs Seymour, who is also fighting The Wrekin constituency at the general election, said: "It is an outrage that goes against a principle of British Justice.

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  • A cap on credit card fees is an EU propaganda gesture that will drive up bank charges

    Steven_Woolfe.jpegA cap on credit card fees is an EU propaganda gesture that will drive up bank charges and the experience of similar caps in Australia, Spain and America shows credit card companies and banks just shift the fees to other consumer charges

    Steven Woolfe, UKIP MEP for the North West and spokesman on finance, called today's vote in the European Parliament "a propaganda move by the EU to try to make people believe that eurocrats can regulate costs out of existence."
    The vote will allow the European Commission to impose a limit on fees paid by retailers to banks when customers make payments by credit and debit cards.

    But Woolfe said: "All this cap will do is ensure the banks and credit card companies move the fees somewhere else. Someone always pays and that someone is always the individual consumer."

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