UKIP defence spokesman blasts the MoD after commons committee highlights deteriorating armed forces living standards

MikeHookam.jpgUKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has blasted the Ministry of Defence, saying “it is time to end the government sanctioned culture of housing our heroes in sties.”

Mr Hookem’s comments come following a report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee which found the Ministry of Defence and its contractor Carillion Amey were “badly letting down service families”.

Former soldier and senior UKIP official Mr Hookem said, “From speaking to military families up and down the country, I know the appalling conditions many of these brave people are forced to live in and the demoralising effect this has.”

“It is a disgrace that the MoD is willing to add further stress and worry to families already coping with loved ones being on operations.”

“For many troops, their families are a bedrock of support while they do the incredibly difficult and dangerous, yet low paid job of protecting this country.”

“The last thing soldiers, sailors and airmen need is the added stress of having to cope sub-standard housing – which in some cases could have significant health impacts – together with worrying about whether urgent repairs will ever by carried out.”

“This is yet another example of outsourced MoD services failing our armed forces through penny-pinching measures; while we continue to spend £11.5 billion on foreign aid each year.”

“It is a disgrace, and I call on Theresa May’s new government to reinstate the government commitment that was quietly dropped in 2008, which would have seen military housing made fit to live in by 2020.”

“I know the British public is becoming increasingly intolerant of the way we treat our armed forces personnel, and it’s time the government acted to fully uphold the military covenant.”

“Many MPs have second homes: it would be nice if they would allow those who serve this country to live in one decent one.”


Siemens’ continued investment in Hull a sign of things to come in post-Brexit era

Mike_Hookem.jpgHull MEP Mike Hookem has welcomed the announcement from Siemens that they will continue to invest in the UK despite threats during the referendum campaign that Brexit would lead to job losses. The UKIP politician, who argued that Siemens would stay in the UK in the result of Brexit despite scaremongering from Labour politicians lead by Karl Turner MP, called the news “a welcome boost to local economies.”

It follows the news of a multi-million-pound investment in the City by INEOS Oxide to expand its ethyl acetate production which Mr Hookem called “a sign of things to come in a post-Brexit era.”

Mr Hookem’s comments come after INEOS said the decision was “based on its confidence in the UK economy and its ability to continue to deliver for its customers”. The INEOS investment was the first of its type in Hull since the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23rd June.

“Today’s announcement is great news for Hull and for other areas which can benefit from investment from Siemens and companies like it, particularly when we leave the EU and become a more flexible, competitive country,” he said.

UKIP employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP added, “it shows is that throughout the referendum campaign we were subjected to a campaign of fear from politicians including our new Prime Minister Theresa May who attacked the work ethic of this country and its people.

“Luckily, the people ignored the threats of the establishment and I am confident we will see more investment in the UK and more companies started up by British people.”


Article 50 yes, but no snap General Election

1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgSpeaking today Nigel Farage said: “A snap General Election would be good for UKIP, especially in the many Labour held seats in which we were placed second last year. I don’t think there is a desire in the country to have such an election though.

“The government must now get on with its job and inspire confidence. Whilst I did not want Mrs May, a Remain supporter, to become Prime Minister she has now said “Brexit means Brexit”. To hold faith with over 17 million voters who opted for Leave she must trigger Article 50 at the earliest realistic opportunity. I hope she picks a strong negotiating team.

“UKIP will be watching like a hawk to ensure that there is no backsliding.”


Merkel admits that inviting migrants has brought terrorists to Europe

Steven_Woolfe.jpegTalking to her CDU party members in East Germany over the weekend, the Chancellor of Germany has finally admitted that her policy of opening the door to over a million migrants had brought terrorists with it. She said, “the refugee flow was even used to smuggle terrorists”

UKIP’s Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP commented: “Angela Merkel has finally admitted what UKIP have been saying for some time that the migrant route last year was exploited by potential terrorists wanting to infiltrate the European continent.

“Merkel’s policy of opening Europe’s southern border was a monumental mistake that even now many security experts and Europol admit has serious security ramifications for European nations.

“While we must accept refugees in need, allowing a flow of migrants from the Middle East through a borderless Europe has meant many migrants entered unchecked.

“The EU’s free movement rule has meant free movement for terrorists and weapons. To ensure security, proper border controls should be reinstated in Europe.”


Aerospace investment welcomed by UKIP as “dire warnings” issued during Brexit campaign vanish

jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins has welcomed the news of £365million investment in the British Aerospace industry saying “the partnership between Boeing and the UK shows that this country will thrive outside of the EU and not crumble, as predicted by the Remain lobby during the campaign.”

Part of UKIP’s defence policy in 2015 included bringing in the P-8A as a replacement for Nimrod which was scrapped in the 2010 SDSR, leaving the country with no maritime patrol aircraft.

Mrs Collins said she was “delighted” that £100m was going to be put into a P-8A support and training base, saying “this secures RAF Lossiemouth for the foreseeable future, as well as creating more than 100 new jobs.”

“Despite dire predictions from the likes of George Osborne, who spent the first half of this year running down British industry and attacking British workers, this shows that the UK can take the lead in the development of new aerospace technology, especially when we can throw off the shackles of the EU’s defence procurement rules.

“Not only will we be an attractive investment opportunity for inward investment into the UK but we can also put our own Research and Development projects first, our own companies first and our own heavy industry, such as steel, first.

“What I would like to see following this news is the development of the engine for the P-8A being awarded to Rolls-Royce to create more jobs and more intellectual property in the UK, particularly with the development in ‘open rotor’ engine technology, which could reduce fuel consumption by up to 30%.

“Outside of a backward looking European customs union this country and its workers can be world leaders,” she added.

“What we need now is a Prime Minister and a government who believes in those workers, not one who openly denigrated this country’s workers to win a political argument.”


Party Leadership nominations open today as we look to the future

Following the resignation of UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, nominations for the leadership contest to replace him have opened today and close on July 31.

The post is open to members only and full details of the process and requirements as set out in the Party Rule Book are available at the members website myukip.com.

The count and announcement of the new leader will be made on September 15.


Statement from Steve Crowther – Resignation as UKIP Party Chairman

I gave notice to the Party Leader some weeks ago that I would resign from the Chairmanship in July, following the Referendum, regardless of the result. Yesterday the NEC received my resignation and approved Nigel’s appointment of Paul Oakden to fill the role from the first of August until the new Leader is elected in September.

I agreed with Nigel a year ago, when it became clear that the Referendum would be coming sooner rather than later, that I would stay on until after the Referendum, to do whatever I could to help him achieve the great task of getting our country back.

It has been an enormous privilege to serve one of the towering political figures of our age, and play a small part in the Brexit win. I will now return to the party’s grassroots and do what I can to help rebuild the public’s confidence in our country’s future, which has been seriously damaged by the destructive narratives of the Remain campaign.

The UK is a great country, a world leader in many fields and a beacon of independence, tolerance and civil and human rights. We have an even brighter future ahead of us, now that we are once again able to chart it for ourselves. I hope that everyone – especially the young – will soon start to see the possibilities ahead, and embrace the future with the hope and enthusiasm it deserves.


We need a mature discussion over a deal beneficial to everybody

Speaking today in the European Parliament on the conclusions of the European Council meeting UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said that the British people have spoken and now both the UK and the EU should work together to get the best deal possible.

“The British people have spoken and threats and bullying are not the answer to the questions the UK leaving the European Union has thrown up.

“The UK and Europe are joined by geography, culture, history and trade and that will not change. Therefore it is imperative on so many levels that we are good, healthy trading neighbours.

“We owe it to the citizens of both the UK and Europe to conduct these negotiations in a grown up manner so we can get the best deal for everyone.”


Statement from Nigel Farage

13555711_10154210982396341_1420975860_o.jpgI have decided to stand aside as Leader of UKIP. The victory for the ‘Leave’ side in the referendum means that my political ambition has been achieved. I came into this struggle from business because I wanted us to be a self-governing nation, not to become a career politician.

UKIP is in a good position and will continue, with my full support to attract a significant vote. Whilst we will now leave the European Union the terms of our withdrawal are unclear. If there is too much backsliding by the Government and with the Labour Party detached from many of its voters then UKIP’s best days may be yet to come.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you the membership for your extraordinary support and generosity over the many years, I could not have done it without you.


“Freedom of movement” is not required for access to the (EU) Single Market

william_d.jpgWilliam Dartmouth MEP, the UKIP Trade Spokesman, speaking today said; “The facts are clear, ‘freedom of movement’ is not currently required to access the Common Regulatory Zone, otherwise known as the Single Market.

“Exports to the EU in 2015 from 35 countries without “freedom of movement” amounted to over £1.3 billion, are the European Council and the European Commission now going to embargo all imports into the EU from all of those countries? None of whom have a free movement requirement?

Exports to the EU in 2015 from 35 countries without “freedom of movement”

Country Exports to the EU, in Goods (€ Billion)
China* 350.424
USA* 248.437
Russia* 135.711
Turkey 61.607
Japan* 59.768
South Korea 42.347
India* 39.448
Brazil* 31.067
Vietnam 29.975
Canada 28.256
Taiwan* 25.512
Malaysia* 22.758
Saudi Arabia* 21.552
Algeria 20.898
Mexico 19.691
Thailand* 19.568
South Africa 19.37
Singapore 18.957
Nigeria* 18.374
Kazakhstan* 16.249
Indonesia* 15.354
Bangladesh* 15.146
Hong Kong* 14.256
Israel 13.264
Ukraine 12.77
Morocco 12.527
Iraq* 12.186
Azerbaijan* 10.71
Australia* 9.566
Tunisia 9.507
United Arab Emirates* 9.379
Chile 8.287
Argentina* 8.173
Angola* 7.988
Serbia 7.902
Total €1,396.984 billion


Memo: GDP of Australia in 2015: €1,395 billion
*Countries with which the EU does not currently have a Free Trade Agreement

Sources: European Commission; Trade Statistics – “Top Trading Partners” and CIA World Factbook