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  • UKIP on the rise in Local Government

    councilAsso.pngUKIP is a growing force in Local Government across the Country as our 500 Councillors are taking a bigger and more active role, and these three stories below are just some of the activities being undertaken by UKIP Councillors across the UK.

    We are fighting against the Conservative Group on Cambridgeshire County Council who are attempting to increase Council tax. Group Leader, Cllr Paul Bullen said it is "unfair and an unnecessary additional financial burden on the majority of council tax payers.” 

    In Havering, the Council, voting on a motion from UKIP Group Leader Cllr Lawrence Webb, became the first Council in the country to vote to support leaving the EU. The motion from Cllr Webb read: “Due to the negative impact that EU directives such as the agency working time directive and EU procurement rules have on the ability and cost of Havering Council to fulfil its obligations, this council agrees that Britain would be better off outside the European Union.” Havering Council decided by 30 votes to 15 to support the motion declaring the UK would be better off outside the EU

    And in Norfolk a hard-working UKIP Councillor was so busy attending meetings that his family reported him missing to police. Denis Crawford, who serves on Norfolk County, Breckland District Council and Thetford Town Council, had been reported missing by his family after leaving home at 7am on Monday. He arrived back at his house at 10pm only to set off again at 7am the following morning. Little did he know that his daughter had been trying to track him down and eventually grew so concerned she contacted police. 

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  • The TUC no longer represents British Workers say UKIP

    jane-collins.jpgThe TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady by her slavish endorsement of the European Union show s that she no longer cares about British workers. By supporting Britain’s continued membership of the European Union

    Jane Collins MEP, the UKIP Employment spokesman responded, "Britain's unions have shown their allegiance to the multinational companies who make money from cheap labour provided by the EU.

    “If they were really on the side of the British worker they'd be fighting for Brexit.

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  • EU Commission doesn’t fool Britain on Commission information/propaganda campaigning

    Ray_Finch.jpegRay Finch MEP pinned down European Commission Brexit taskforce official Jonathan Faull at a meeting today about the UK referendum on the EU.

    Mr Finch asked "Will the Commission's spending on 'information' rise in the referendum campaign and, if so, will the Commission register with the Electoral Commission?"

    Under UK law, all campaigning organisations have to register for money spent in support of a political party or in support of one side in a referendum. The European Commission has made clear its support for the UK remaining an EU member. Mr. Faull responded that the European Commission "is not a campaigning organisation", despite its support for one side. He also claimed that the Commission has no intention to increase its expenditure on information during the referendum campaign.

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  • Flooding tax condemned by UKIP Deputy Leader

    images.jpgNorth West MEP Paul Nuttall has reacted angrily to the possibility of council tax bills being hiked in flood hit areas.

    The idea of local authorities raising funds for flood defences through council tax, based on a Somerset scheme, is being supported by Environment Secretary Liz Truss.

    “Many people in my constituency, particularly in Cumbria, have suffered terribly from flooding problems in the last few months and with the awful prospect of even more potential problems in the next few days and weeks,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy UKIP leader.

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  • Time to show the red light to traffic signals

    download.jpgUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has called on the Government to switch off thousands of traffic lights across the UK after a report revealed unnecessary road signals are costing the economy a staggering £16 billion.

    A study by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) claims eight out of 10 traffic lights across the country should be ripped out to reduce traffic jams.

    “We’ve all seen what happens at many junctions when traffic lights are out of action – the flow is often dramatically improved, and journey times reduced,” said Mrs Seymour.

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  • Myths still abound over ‘access’ to EU market

    william_d.jpgUKIP's National Spokesman and EFDD Group Co-ordinator on International Trade, William Dartmouth MEP has written to the Financial Times to correct the myths that still about over access to the EU single market.

    In his letter, William, MEP for the South West of England, makes the point that, "Norway is not UKIP’s blueprint on Brexit. It never has been — nor, for that matter, Switzerland either."

    He also reiterates UKIP's position that the UK, as the fifth-largest economy in the world, that runs a massive trade deficit with the EU, could negotiate its own tailor-made agreement and if that is not forthcoming, the UK would trade with the EU, as do six of the top 10 exporters to the EU, and 11 of the top 20, under World Trade Organisation rules.

    Finally, his letter makes clear that a country does not need to be a member of the EU, or of the EEA, nor even have a trade agreement with the EU in order to have “access” to the EU’s single market.

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  • UKIP MEPs holding Jonathan Faull to account

    Follow the UKIP MEPs' quizzing of Jean-Claude Juncker's Brexit man Jonathan Faull starting at 1030: 

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  • Why should British tax payers fund unemployment in other EU countries?

    European leaders have been discussing the idea of an EU wide unemployment benefit funded by tax payers, UKIP MEP Jane Collins has revealed.

    In an extraordinary meeting of the employment committee Minister Pier Padoan put forward proposals for a centralised EU run fund to deal with the millions of unemployed people, many as a direct result of the eurozone crisis and the policies of the European Central Bank.  

    The economist said he thought that the funding for the scheme, which was proposed by the Italian government in the ECOFIN meeting of European economic ministers, should come from "collective instruments" i.e taxes.

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  • Dr Julia Reid MEP expresses her dismay after inspections of play equipment across the South West uncovers damning findings

    Dr_Reid.jpgDr Reid, who represents the South West and Gibraltar and worked as a biochemist, said she was deeply concerned after inspections found higher than expected levels of lead, cadmium, chromium and antimony after testing equipment at 47 children’s playgrounds across the South West region.

    The research was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

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  • Councils struggling to cope with huge rise in child asylum seekers

    jane_collins_MEP.jpgUKIP MEP Jane Collins has said the warning by social workers that they are struggling to cope with the increased number of child asylum seekers "shows how the migrant crisis is permeating every layer of our national and local services."

    Mrs Collins spoke out after 'Community Care' magazine revealed many local authorities were struggling to cope, with one recording 650% increase in the number of asylum-seeking children compared to last year.

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