• Accident and Emergency in Crisis: two routes to a cure

    48sheetukip-new2_(1).pngNews today that Accident and Emergency care in England is at its worst for a decade proves that the Tories are failing our hospitals and the people who work there and use them. Only UKIP have the capacity and vision to bring the crisis under control, by addressing the financial burden and reducing the pressure of work.

    Louise Bours MEP, the UKIP Health Spokesman said, “At this point of a parliamentary term when they are begging for votes they would hope the figures are better than ever, but they aren’t, they are worse than ever.

    "No wonder they don’t want to talk about the NHS this election. It’s a bit rich of Labour to be pointing out the weaknesses of the coalition run NHS, when they run the NHS in Wales, and that is even worse.

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  • UKIP is the party of defence

    ukip_defence.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage and Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP have today set out our stall on the defence of the realm in speeches in Dudley in the West Midlands today. They were joined by many UKIP candidates and members who have served in the armed forces.

    In their speeches Nigel Farage and Mike Hookem set out how UKIP will plough a cumulative £16bn extra into defence during the course of the next parliament compared to the other parties, meet that 2% of GDP NATO commitment every year and set out a range of new policies to help veterans.

    They also confirmed UKIP's full support for our armed forces, something that the other parties have forgotten or rejected, despite being quick to send our troops into war. The Conservatives and Labour have sent our men and women into war far too quickly, and without thinking of the full consequences. From today, it should be clear: UKIP is the party of defence.

    We are the only party to have committed to spending 2 per cent of Britain's GDP on defence. We think it is of far greater importance to this country than the commitment to overseas aid as we believe the first duty of government is defence.

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  • Former Conservative Mayor and Leader of Thurrock Council announces her support for UKIP’s Tim Aker

    annecheale.jpegFormer Conservative Mayor and Leader of Thurrock Council, Anne Cheale, has today announced her support for UKIP’s Tim Aker for May’s General Election. She will be joining UKIP Leader Nigel Farage at the Circus Tavern public meeting next Monday, 13th April, to rally the UKIP effort ahead of the May 7th poll.

    Anne Cheale, a lifelong Conservative voter, said: “In Thurrock, the election is between UKIP and Labour. Tim Aker is the only candidate from Thurrock, wants the people around here to be put first and is the best way of stopping Labour.

    “A vote for the Conservatives in Thurrock will only help Labour. I’m also dismayed that the Tory MP let Thurrock voters down in 2011 when she voted against an EU referendum when given the opportunity.

    “I am switching my support to UKIP’s Tim Aker in Thurrock on May 7th and urge all residents to do the same.”

    Tim Aker said: “I am delighted to have Anne supporting my campaign. As last week’s YouGov Nowcast showed, it is a straight fight between UKIP and Labour in Thurrock.

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  • Farage welcomes Blair intervention on the European Union

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegNigel Farage, the UKIP leader, has welcomed Tony Blair’s intervention on the EU referendum. Mr Blair is to speak in Sedgefield about why he feels the British people should not get a choice on their future.

    Nigel Farage said, “Finally a chance to have a proper debate about the impact of the EU on British national life during this general election campaign.

    "Blair was PM when the government promised a referendum on the EU constitution before the name of that was changed to the “Lisbon Treaty” and he cynically withdrew his offer.

    "Blair was also an enthusiast for British membership of the Eurozone and had personal ambitions to become “President of Europe”, and how has that worked out for Europe and him?”

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  • UKIP mocks the arrogance of David Cameron's absurd "come home" message to our supporters

    PatrickOflynn.jpgDavid Cameron has appealed to UKIP supporters to "come home" to the Tories to help stop a Labour government. In response UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn said: "It was David Cameron who called UKIP voters "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists mostly". He has never fully apologised for or retracted that disgraceful slur.

    "For the most part Cameron and his party are just one head of a multi-headed hydra, the LibLabCon. UKIP supporters oppose the LibLabCon on a whole range of policies from the overarching issue of EU membership, to open-door immigration, foreign aid giveaways, defence cuts, the ban on new grammar schools, the Climate Change Act that puts up our energy bills, Inheritance Tax, the HS2 vanity project and the Barnett Formula excess spending in Scotland.

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  • Yorkshire Conservative PPC and sitting Councillor Defects to UKIP

    2.jpgTory Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hull West & Hessle, and Councillor for the Willerby & Kirkella Ward on East Riding Council, Mike Whitehead has defected to UKIP saying he is “disgusted” with the behaviour of the ruling Tory group in East Yorkshire, and the “wilful refusal” of the Conservative Party nationally to intervene and control them.

    Commenting on his reasons for deciding to join UKIP, Mike said, “I believe as a member of UKIP, I will be able to speak up for the residents and represent their views on the Council. I also hope that with the election of other UKIP Councillors, I can help open this secretive Council up and make it more transparent and work better for the residents rather than to the benefit of the few.”

    “I also want to ensure that the Council works more closely in a strategic capacity with other agencies including, Hull City Council and Humberside Police amongst others. It is important that we remove ‘petty fiefdoms’ and ensure this region is not left behind when greater resources are devolved by the next Government.”

    Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader said, "I am delighted to be welcoming Mike to the party at this exciting time. His move to UKIP just underlines that today, the real party of opposition to Labour in the North is UKIP. It is another hammer blow to Tory pretensions in the north of England".

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  • 50% of people support Nigel Farage on HIV treatment

    CB1ci0SWYAA58o-.pngA YouGov poll for the Sunday Times shows that 50% of people support UKIP Leader Nigel Farage's stance that there should not be free treatment on the NHS for immigrants coming to the UK with HIV.

    Mr Farage highlighted the issue in the ITV's Leaders' Debate on Thursday and was roundly criticised by the political establishment but today's poll shows that his stance has the backing of the British people.

    A UKIP spokesman said: "This poll finding shows yet again the disconnect that exists between the Westminster bubble and much of the population. Nigel Farage is the one leader who has the political courage to raise difficult issues and clearly millions of voters agree with that stance."

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  • UKIP Economics Spokesman invited to take part in the BBC Daily Politics Economy Debate

    PatrickOflynn.pngUKIP's Economics Spokesman Patrick O'Flynn MEP has been invited to take part in the BBC Daily Politics Economy Debate on April 22nd and will go head-to-head with representatives from the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the SNP.

    Patrick O'Flynn said: "I am delighted to to have been invited by the BBC to take part and I relish the prospect of a wide-ranging debate."

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  • Labour accused of 'Blatant Hypocrisy' over primary school places

    PaulNutall-new1.jpgTristram Hunt, Labour's education spokesman has blamed the appalling shortfall in primary school places on education policy and free schools, rather than his own government's throwing open the doors to uncontrolled immigration from Eastern Europe.

    The Local Government Association has admitted that two in five local councils will have a shortfall in places at primary schools by next year, and that there will be a shortfall of 880,000 places before 2025.

    Paul Nuttall MEP, the UKIP education spokesman said, "There is only one bit of truth to what Tristram Hunt says, and that is that there is a shameful shortage of primary school places, but it isn’t because of Free Schools as he says, it’s down to mass uncontrolled immigration, brought in by Labour and supported by the Tories and Lib Dems."

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  • Insult to injury EU forces Britain to increase aid spend

    abwJ9NwqIu8VsMDn-3a_yf7s0wg.pngBy causing the UK to change its accounting methods to suit an EU norm, the UK will be forced to spend an extra £1 billion on Aid if it is to keep to its commitment of spending 0.7% of GDP.

    Nathan Gill MEP, UKIP’s Development spokesman said, "Having the EU forcing the UK into paying an extra £1bn into Foreign Aid adds insult to injury. The real horror is that with the national debt spiralling out of control we will have to borrow this billion just in order to give it away.

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