Grooming Gangs – UKIP Needs To Stand-Up For Suffering Young Girls
(5/11/17) I was listening to the parents and sibling of an English girl who, aged 15, had been groomed by a gang of Pakistani men from nearby large towns. In the following years, they told me, she was abused, raped, gang-raped, beaten, forced into drug-taking, endlessly made drunk, made pregnant, had six abortions, was trafficked around as a sex-slave and had been continually violated by the men. Read the full article on Kipper Central.
Henry Bolton announces his new team
(18/10/17) Henry Bolton has announced his team to take UKIP forward. Included in his new leadership group is Margot Parker MEP, as Deputy leader and Jim Carver and Mike Hookem MEPs as assistant Deputies. He said "I am pleased to announce appointments to my Cabinet. UKIP has a moral obligation to hold the government to account for taking us out of the European Union. Clear and decisive leadership is crucial and we shall deliver it. Together, my team and I will now commence the urgent work of projecting our party firmly and decisively into British politics with the purpose of securing our nation's interests through Brexit and beyond." Read the full post on the UKIP website.
Conference aftermath: Where Do We Go From Here?
(01/10/17) So, the dust has settled (a little bit) on what has been probably one of the longest leadership campaigns in the history of politics. The big question now for UKIP is what does the future hold and that is true for the Party and obviously also those candidates who failed to win. Read the full post on Kipper Central.
Video report by the BBC of the UKIP Torquay conference (30mins)
(29/9/17) Recorded coverage of UKIP's conference in Torquay with the announcement of the results of the leadership election, followed by the first news conference with the newly-elected leader, Henry Bolton. Watch on BBC iPlayer.
We have a NEW leader and a NEW brand!
(1/10/17) Our new leader was announced in Torquay during the UKIP Party conference. He is Henry Bolton OBE. Bolton, whose only noted political experience in the UK was to once stand as Kent’s crime commissioner, won 3,874 votes, just under 30% of the total. Anne Marie Waters, finished second in the seven-candidate race with 2,755 votes. See 10 things to know about Henry Bolton by Guido.
Our new brand was also announced, after being chosen by the audience out of two options presented to them at the conference. The brand shows a lion with the wording 'UKIP: For the nation' alongside it. See our News page for more about the conference.
Former soldier Henry Bolton elected as new leader of UKIP (Guardian report)
(29/9/17) Ukip has narrowly avoided a shift towards the far right after its members elected the relatively unknown former soldier Henry Bolton as its new leader, just beating a populist anti-Islam candidate.
In a result announced at the party’s annual conference in Torquay on Friday, Bolton, whose main political experience was to stand as Kent’s crime commissioner, won 3,874 votes, just under 30% of the relatively low total. Read the full article in The Guardian.
Nigel Farage 'to form new party' if anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters wins UKIP leadership contest
(25/9/17)> Nigel Farage is planning to launch a new, pro-Brexit party if the anti-Islam campaigner Anne-Marie Waters wins the Ukip leadership election next week, sources have claimed. Hehas told friends he will set up the breakaway party because he believes Ukip will be “finished” if Ms Waters takes charge. Read the full article in The Independent.
UKIP youth wing's Executive & National Councils dissolved amid leaks and Far Left threats
In the face of their conference cancellation due to Far Left threat and discovering a leak within their ranks, the Young Independence (YI) executive council voted to dissolve the YI Executive Council and the YI National Council. The report claims this is 'temporary' but the whole organisation sounds in chaos. Read the full post on Kipper Central.
UKIP questions lack of Humanitarian Aid for British Overseas Territories hit by Hurricane Irma when there is a £12.2bn foreign ad budget
(7/9/17) The UK continues to give £12.2 billion in foreign aid, supporting countries like the North Korean regime now threatening nuclear war and Argentina who still think they have a claim over the Falkland Islands. But the money should instead be going to the Caribbean Islands hit by the Hurricane Irma. Read the full post on the UKIP website.
Video of the London hustings for the UKIP leadership contest on 4th September
(4/9/17) This was billed as the official leadership hustings in Westminster and which was recorded by UKIP and broadcast live. You can watch it on Facebook here. When a write-up of the event becomes available, we will post it on this News page.
Report on the South East UKIP Leadership Hustings on 31st August
(3/9/17) This post is by Richard Palmer who attended the hustings event and this is his write-up of it. It complements the two reports (one by this branch) on the London Colney hustings event on 21st August (see below). Read the full post on Kipper Central
UKIP leadership contest - LATEST: 'UKIP United' team with Collins as candidate officially launched as Bolton gets another MEP endorsement
(1/9/17) Following on from the withdrawal of Ben Walker, David Coburn and Marion Mason yesterday to support Jane Collins MEP, more flesh has been added to the bones of what is now called ‘UKIP United’. Jane Collins has made a statement and a press conference will happen on Monday (4th Sept). Read the full post on Kipper Central
Outrage as UKIP’s Young Independence Conference is cancelled after violent Leftist threats
(2/8/17) UKIP’s Young Independence (YI) Conference in Sheffield, #Horizons, was yesterday cancelled after threats from a far left organisation to the venue that was hosting the event. The conference was due to be a big event, with 8 UKIP Leadership candidates, several MEPs and, of course, the YI Council in attendance. Read the full article on Kipper Central
Tony Blair ‘will offer surrender’ to EU today, as Labour’s feuding wings ally to undermine May, says UKIP
(31/8/17) Tony Blair will today privately inform EU President Juncker that Labour is ready to change sides and help the EU undermine Theresa May, in a bid to bring the government down, according to UKIP' interim leader Steve Crowther. In a deal between the warring Blairite and far-left wings of the party, facilitated by Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer, the two sides have agreed to sacrifice the party’s commitment to Brexit in a bid to damage the Conservative government. Read the post here
UKIP leadership election campaign hots up
(31/8/17) On this website we have already recounted our visit to a leadership hustings event which hopefully has informed our members and readers. The leadership campaign is not receiving any coverage in the national media, which is not surprising for more than one reason, so it is hard for members to get information on candidates and their views. On this page we will try and share some information in the next week as ballot papers arrive from 1st September.
The Human Cost of the HS2 Disaster - UKIP still fighting HS2 whilst other parties support it
(9/8/17) West Midlands UKIP MEP Jill Seymour has launched a last-ditch bid to halt the HS2 ‘vanity project’ with a hard-hitting video and new petition. Mrs Seymour, who sits on the European Union’s transport committee, today unveiled a film which tells tearjerking stories of people’s lives being ruined by the line – alongside some shocking statistics. Read the full post on the UKIP website
5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe
(19/7/17) Recent killings in Paris as well as the arrival of hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim refugees in Europe have drawn renewed attention to the continent’s Muslim population. In many European countries, including France, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, concerns about growing Muslim communities have led to calls for restrictions on immigration. But just how large is Europe’s Muslim population, and how fast is it growing? Read the article on FactTank
Conservatives begin the sell out of the British fishing industry
(2/8/17) Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP Fisheries spokesman, blasts Gove for claiming Danish fishermen will still be able to catch large amounts of fish in British waters, even if the British leave the EU. He accused Michael Gove of “beginning the sell out” of the British fishing industry and “showing his true colours". Read the full article on the UKIP website
UKIP leadership contest: 11 applicants announced
(4/8/17) The UKIP Returning Officer has today confirmed that there are eleven applicants for next month's leadership election. They are: David Allen, Henry Bolton, David Coburn, Jane Collins, David Kurten, Marion Mason, Aidan Powlesland, John Rees-Evans, Ben Walker, Anne Marie Waters, Peter Whittle. UKIP is in the process of verifying their information and completing vetting checks in preparation for the next NEC meeting on 11th August. Read the full article on the UKIP website
A frontrunner in the race to be UKIP's next leader is probably "too extreme" to be allowed to stand, a party AM has said. Anne Marie Waters has described Islam as evil. She is one of several hopefuls who face vetting for UKIP's leadership election
David Rowlands, who will chair a leadership hustings in Newport on Wednesday where she will appear, said it is not the image he wants UKIP to have. As well as Ms Waters, other leadership hopefuls at the meeting include London assembly member David Kurten, David Allen and former UKIP councillor Ben Walker. Read the full article on the BBC website
UKIP’s Health Spokesman: With more 86,000 vacant NHS posts in the first quarter of this year, it’s about time we stopped taking our NHS staff for granted!
(27/7/17) According to figures released by NHS Digital, more than 86,000 NHS posts were vacant in the first quarter of this year, which is an increase of almost 8,000 when compared to the same period last year. UKIP’s Health Spokesman, Dr Julia Reid MEP, described the figures as “deeply concerning” but was quick to shut down those seeking to blame Brexit for the rise in vacant NHS posts... Read the full article on the UKIP website
David Kurten: May’s looming Brexit betrayal can spark a UKIP revival
(31/7/17) Not for the first time, the mainstream media has written off Ukip as irrelevant, taking turns to ignore the party or to sling mud at it. Although there is a very interesting leadership contest taking place, there is virtually no media interest in it. This is the party that won over 12 per cent of the vote in the 2015 General Election and won Brexit for Britain in 2016... Read the full post on Conservative Woman
'Roll out the red carpet’ Bill Etheridge quits Ukip leader race to back Farage's return
(27/7/17) BILL Etheridge wants Nigel Farage back leading Ukip, fearing it is on the brink of becoming “the zombie party”. The MEP for the West Midlands said he would roll out the red carpet for the return of the two-time leader, as he himself pulled out of the current leadership race. He told Express.co.uk: “I would lay down a red carpet and I would escort him along it and I would open the doors and say thank God you’re back.” Read the full article in the Daily Express
The Conservative Party has ceased to exist as a distinct political entity, says UKIP
(23/7/17) With imminent surrender to the EU on immigration, an epidemic of crime following police ‘reforms’ and now the proposal to cease recognising male and female genders, the Conservative Party has ceased to exist as a recognisable entity, says UKIP. Read the full story on the UKIP website
Boris Johnson is starting to whistle the UKIP tune on Brexit
(11/7/17) Gerard Batten MEP, the UKIP Brexit spokesman responded to comments made in the Commons by the Foriegn Sectetary, Boris Johnson. "Boris's comments in the Commons regarding the EU's 'excessive' demands for a 'leaving bill', and his agreement that they could 'go whistle for it' show that reality is starting to sink in. Read the full news post on the UKIP website
UKIP leadership election news - latest
(3/7/17) This is the latest news on the contest according to Guido Fawkes, who says: 'With Farage not running, a battle for UKIP’s soul is underway between the more classical liberal / libertarian old guard and populist anti-Islam elements who are accused of trying to infiltrate the party.' See the list of candidates and Guido's comments on the Guido Fawkes website.
There should be no compromise over equality before the law as rights of EU citizens are discussed in Brexit negotiations
(28/6/17) Suggestions the the Government are willing to create an UK/EU body to oversee the rights of EU citizens in the UK post Brexit have been denounced by UKIP
Peter Jewell, the UKIP Justice spokesman responded, "Has the Tory Government flipped their lid completely, what happened to “Brexit means Brexit” It seems that Michel Barnier the EU’s chief negotiator expects that EU citizens rights should be enforced by the ECJ. Read the full post on the UKIP website.
UK population growth out of control
(30/6/17) The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) reported that almost 1 in 10 of the UK population is born overseas. This is being driven by record levels of immigration, most of it from outside the EU, which government is supposed to have control of. Read the full statement including comment by John Bickley of UKIP on the UKIP website.
George Osborne's leading article in The Standard: The challenge facing a weak administration
(22/6/17) No carriage, no robes, no crown Ã¢â‚¬â€ the dressed-down ceremony for todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s QueenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Speech seems wholly appropriate for a Government that has just received such a dressing down from the people. Gone are all the pretensions for a great programme of domestic reform or economic renewal. This is a Government that is just about managing. Read the full article in the Evening Standard.
A Tory-DUP Alliance will remind the Tories what Conservatism Is supposed to look like
(9/6/17) There may be a silver lining for small-c conservative voters following the shock results of the UK General Election. The Democrat Unionist Party (DUP) — who the Conservatives will seek a coalition government with — is far closer to conservative philosophy than Britain’s Tories have been for decades. Read the full article on Breitbart London.
Statement from Steve Crowther as he is appointed UKIP Interim Leader
(9/6/17) "UKIP will now rapidly regroup, choose a new Leader and get back on our horse. We will provide the backbone for the full, proper Brexit that the people voted for last year, and which is the only way to protect this country from the impending economic meltdown in Europe, and get back control of our borders – something which is clearly long overdue." Read the full statement on the UKIP website.
Statement from Paul Nuttall MEP
(9/6/17) Paul Nuttall MEP today issued the following statement: "This morning, I wrote to the Party Chairman to inform of him of my decision to resign as the Leader of UKIP, with immediate effect." Read his full statement on the UKIP website.
Why you, your family and your friends should vote UKIP today, by Party Leader Paul Nuttall
(8/6/17) For too long, our leaders of all stripes have hidden the truth from the people of this country about the source of this campaign against us and our values, and only now we are hearing a few words of admission. But they are still only words. And we need action to protect us, not more words. Read the full statement on the UKIP website.
UKIP’s Paul Nuttall: ‘Islamist Extremism Is a Cancer Within Our Society’
(6/6/17) UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has used a landmark speech to brand Islamist extremism a “cancer within our society”, proposing a range of robust actions to ensure it is “cut out”.
The Liverpudlian MEP described how, in the past, the police and MI5 had “foiled plot after plot in the nick of time”, but are now “being overwhelmed by the impossible scale” of the problem. Read the full and detailed article on Breitbart London.
DAILY MIRROR: Who will win the 2017 general election? It's time for a rude reality check
(2/6/17) Theresa May and the Conservatives will win the general election. There, I've said it. I hate to be a wet blanket on a sunny June day. I know Corbynmania is exciting a lot of decent people.
And I'm sorry to put a dampener on anyone who believes the most astonishing triumph in recent British political history is in reach and they need to plan victory parties. But it's time for a rude reality check. I just don't think Prime Minister Jeremy is going to happen. Read Kevin McGuire in full in the Daily Mirror.
THE SUN: Theresa May is on course to win over two million UKIP voters in major boost to election hopes
(5/6/17) In a redrawing of the political landscape, almost half – 48% – of all who backed the anti-EU party in 2015 now say they will vote for the PM on Thursday instead. In February, the same figure stood at just 20%.
The exclusive ComRes survey also reveals Mrs May has connected with UKIP voters far better than David Cameron did, leaving her SEVEN times more popular with them than her predecessor. Read the full article in The Sun.
Our Branch comment: Theresa May is a house built on sand
(02/06/17) The Prime Minister had all the advantage. She chose the timing of the election and ambushed us all. But the past weeks have seen her massive double-digit poll lead reduced to low single figures (according to more than one pollster). It seems that her many u-turns over issues like social care, NIC (in the budget), Brexit (she was a Remoaner before 23rd June last year), and indeed calling an early election - these have all demonstrated that she is not the 'strong and stable' person that her campaign team have sought to portray her as.
The latest car crash in her campaign was her no-show at the BBC Debate in Cambridge on Wednesday. Wrong-footed by Corbyn who decided to attend at the last minute, she sent Amber Rudd in to battle for her. One feels sorry for Rudd, whose father died only three days previously, and who performed well given the circumstances. But May's non-attendance provided ample ammunition for the other leaders to expose her as cowardly and unaccountable.
It seems to us that May has finally been exposed for what she is - a person of no substance, like Cameron (aka 'Cam the Sham'). But unlike Cameron, she does not relish a fight. Leaders should. She clearly fears uncontrolled situations and isn't one for rolling the sleeves up and taking on all-comers. The resulting image conveyed to the electorate is one of hollowness, blandness and lack of conviction. Meanwhile Corbyn, who's numerous shortcomings such as his past terrorist sympathies, patent inept leadership, and la-la land economic plans, presents an open goal to any competent Tory campaign.
Since her coronation as leader of the Tories last year and becoming Prime Minister, we have all tried to find out what she stands for, what her ideology is, what vision she has for our country. But despite numerous opportunities to enlighten us, we are none the wiser. All we have had are facile soundbites such as 'Brexit means Brexit'. Her image is one of a dull Rotarian.
The conclusion must be that May has no underlying vision or plan for the UK and that she is just another cunning, opportunist politician who waited for her moment and took the prize. Ambitious, yes. Visionary, no. Theresa May is standing for election. But she stands for nothing. She's akin to a house built on sand.
But we in UKIP say that we must go to the polls and vote, tactically where necessary, to ensure that the least-worst option - a larger Tory majority - becomes a reality so that Brexit can be delivered to the population that has demanded it and to prevent a 'coalition of chaos' that would result if a majority is not obtained.
DAILY MAIL: The Tories must shout it from the rooftops: Corbyn would destroy Brexit, increase mass migration and wreck the economy
(01/06/17) After the pollsters got it so wrong in 2015, and again in last year's EU referendum, we have learned by now to take their predictions with a gargantuan pinch of salt.
But no matter how dubious the figures, it is undeniable that the gap between the Tories and Labour has narrowed since the campaign began — with one rogue poll this week even suggesting the Government could lose its overall majority.
It sounds profoundly unlikely, but what can be said with certainty is that the Tories are suffering a wobble, for which they themselves must take much of the blame. Read the comment article in the Daily Mail.
Message from Leave.eu: Put your country first, and party second (unfortunately)
(01/6/17) The latest YouGov poll suggested that the Conservative Party might fail to get a majority. That doesn't seem likely but they are in danger of seeing their majority slashed with the worst election campaign we can ever remember.
The public are beginning to see the limitations of Theresa May and how weak she really is. During the historic referendum, we faced the biggest question of the last 45 years: whether we should Remain or Leave. We didn't hear from her during the campaign – the consummate career politician.
The Conservative Party during its time in power has doubled the national debt and the country hasn't recorded a surplus in 16 years. It has pursued an economic policy of printing £350 billion of QE, inflating asset prices, and mass uncontrolled immigration to compress workers’ wages. It has slashed the Armed Forces to the bone while spending recklessly and without control on foreign aid. We continue to spend huge amounts on the EU budget, pointless quangos, interest on our huge debt, £12 billion on green subsidies – wasted money everywhere.
The Conservative government is conservative in name only. Leave.EU fought harder than anyone for Brexit and frankly the number one concern is delivering the will of the people.
Under first-past-the-post, at this election we are faced with Theresa May's Conservative Party or Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. Faced with the prospect of a hung parliament or a catastrophic coalition of Trotskyites, Scottish Nationalists and EU fanatics, there is no choice but to vote Conservative in the election.
Given their track record, the Conservatives may well fail to achieve a clean "Brexit" or control immigration and the public will react with fury. Maybe UKIP or a new political force will hold them to account.
The decision is clear. Vote Conservative in any seat where they are best placed to win and in the tiny number of seats where UKIP could win, Tories should vote for them. With the Conservatives back in government we can start the process of electoral pressure all over again.
Patrick O'Flynn: Tories need to come clean on social care cap before election
(29/5/17) UKIP Economic Spokesman Patrick O’Flynn has demanded Theresa May and her ministers declare before polling day what cap they intend to impose on social care bills. He has also suggested voters use Twitter to contact their local Tory candidate using the hashtag #whatisthecap to increase pressure for a further climbdown. Read the full post on the UKIP website.
UKIP launches manifesto with pledge to act against Islamic terrorism - The Guardian
(25/5/17) Ukip has sought to position itself after the Manchester attack as the party taking strong action against Islamic terrorism, using its manifesto launch to outline a series of policies on security and immigration.
In the first national political campaigning since Monday night’s attack in which 22 people died – other parties are pausing until Friday – Ukip’s leader, Paul Nuttall, said the party would recruit thousands of extra police, troops, prison guards and border forces. He refused to rule out interning terrorism suspects without trial, an idea raised by one of his MEPs. See the full article in the Guardian.
Paul Nuttall: The democratic process must continue
(25/5/17) "The best response we can make is to ensure that the democratic process continues and therefore I have decided that we must to go ahead with the launch of the UKIP general election manifesto tomorrow." Read the full statement from Paul Nuttall on the UKIP website.
Lib Dem's Huppert branded the 'dullest MP' by a rival candidate as campaign for Cambridge seat hots up
(18/5/17) Feathers are flying in the race to represent Cambridge at parliament, with one candidate taking to Twitter to call former City MP Julian Huppert the "commons' dullest MP".
The remark was made after the News ran a story in which Lib Dem candidate Julian Huppert lamented apparent voter apathy on the campaign trail, with voters telling him they were considering not voting at all. Read the full article in the Cambridge News.
Theresa May marches into UKIP country
(17/5/17) UKIP may have won a pyrrhic victory in Britain’s Brexit heartland. Along England’s east coast, people who previously cast their ballots for the UK Independence Party, and who voted overwhelmingly for Britain to leave the European Union last year as UKIP vocally urged, look set to flock to the Tories come June’s election. Read the full article on Politico.
UKIP accuses Theresa May of stealing the party's policies
(15/5/17) At a policy launch, the party's economic spokesman, Patrick O'Flynn, said there was "still a stench in the political air" over favouring the rich and powerful despite the Prime Minister's recent attempts to woo Labour and UKIP voters.
Issuing a series of challenges to the Conservatives over their plans for the economy, Mr O'Flynn said more should be done to tackle big business rather than "dumping on the up-and-comers". Read the full article on Sky News.
Ukip’s hopes of holding their only Commons seat boosted after Tory candidate reveals he backed Remain
(16/5/17) TROUBLED Ukip’s hopes of holding their only Commons seat were boosted after the Tory candidate in Clacton admitted backing Remain. The knife-edge Essex constituency returned the struggling Brexit party’s only MP in 2015 and more than 70 per cent of local voters backed Leave at last year’s referendum. Read the full article in The Sun .
Mike Hookem MEP - 'Ted Heath betrayed the fishermen and Theresa May will do the same!'
(12/5/17) UKIP fisheries spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, yesterday accused the Tories of planning to “betray” the UK’s fishing industry, saying, "Ted Heath betrayed the fishermen... and Theresa May will do exactly the same!"
Mr Hookem's comments came as he launched UKIP's new "Future for Fishing" policy, which aims to return the UK's fishing industry to Westminster control; and find investment to rebuild our fishing fleet. Read the full post on the UKIP website .
Watch the latest UKIP General Election broadcast
See UKIP's latest Party Election broadcast on the BBC iPlayer .
Tory high command split over 'deteriorating' Theresa May-Hammond relationship
(11/5/17) Only days away from the release of the the Conservative Party manifesto, relations are reportedly souring between the prime minister and the chancellor and their teams over policy differences. Downing Street aides are said to be angered by Philip Hammond effectively committing Theresa May to ditch a promise not to raise income tax, VAT or national insurance. Read the full story in the International Business Times .
UKIP sets target of zero net migration
(8/5/17) Ukip wants to encourage more British students and others to pick fruit as part of moves to reduce net migration to zero. Reforms to the welfare and education system are needed to increase the number of home-grown workers available to the agriculture sector, Ukip immigration spokesman John Bickley said. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.
HS2 will be a disaster, but politicians lack the bottle to give it the boot
(3/5/17) Last week, when a group of Conservative backbenchers took a shopping list for their manifesto to the Number 10 policy unit, they were surprised to be told that changing the position on HS2 was already under consideration. But at the weekend Theresa May seemingly caved in to pressure from HS2 cheerleaders, telling the Yorkshire Post “We remain absolutely committed to HS2”. Read the full article in the Huffington Post.
We are victims of our own success but a bright future still lays ahead - Paul Nuttall MEP
(5/5/17)The UKIP Leader, Paul Nuttall has issued the following statement following the local election results:
It's been a difficult night. In the local elections yesterday many excellent UKIP representatives lost their seats on county councils despite campaigning hard for re-election.... Read the full statement on the UKIP website.
Campaign news from Patrick O'Flynn MEP
(3/5/17) The following text is taken from Patrick's missive in the UKIP Eastern Region weekly email to members and provides a useful insight into the GE17 campaign.
The week began with the launch of our integration agenda at a press event in London. I was very proud of the performances of Margot Parker, Peter Whittle and David Kurten. Our proposals for prompting integration were a huge hit with lots of UKIPPERs and voters alike. But there was also some push back from a minority in the party.
On Tuesday, I had campaign meetings in central London and then worked with Suzanne Evans and others on the beginnings of the project that will culminate in the launch of our manifesto later this month.
On Wednesday I went to Brussels for meetings with MEP colleagues about how they can assist the party in the forthcoming campaign.
I began Thursday with a speech in the European Parliament about the continued trapping of Greece in a deflationary spiral. I then took part in the plenary voting session before working on the Eurostar on the way home on arrangements for our campaign launch.
That took place on Friday in central London. The meeting was disrupted by left-wing demonstrators but they were swiftly ushered out and Paul Nuttall made a strong speech mainly about Brexit. The same day I also briefed some Sunday papers about a package of cost of living cuts, including scrapping the TV licence fee. I was delighted when all three papers carried the story and helped us set the agenda for the second Sunday in a row. Also on Friday I did an interview for BBC Look East on the election campaign.
On Saturday I went to the conference of the Campaign for an Independent Britain, at which I was one of the keynote speakers. I was glad to be able to thank CIB members for all they have done for the Brexit cause over several decades.
On Sunday I was up early to accompany Paul Nuttall to his interview with Sophy Ridge at Sky TV in West London. I then went to a family birthday event in the afternoon.
That's it really. At the moment there is only really time for a few hours sleep each night to break up the incessant pace of phone calls, speech-writing, event arranging, policy choices and all the other demands of an election campaign. With Theresa May still on a honeymoon with the electorate and being pledged to implement Brexit, the political context is very challenging for UKIP in this election.
The key to us confounding a media narrative that says we are bound to fade away to almost nothing is to come up with eye-catching policy ideas that cannot be ignored and that connect with significant sections of the electorate.
Another essential ingredient is for everyone in the party - particularly at a senior level - to get behind the leader during the campaign and set personal egos aside. This past week with our integration agenda and cost-of-living package we have certainly achieved the former factor.
UKIP pledge to put Foreign Aid at the heart of the election and slash Government spending
(2/5/17) UKIP will put Britain’s bloated Foreign Aid budget at the heart of the election today with a pledge to slash it to 0.2 per cent rather than the current 0.7 per cent of government spending.
In a blistering attack on the current International Development spending, the Brexit party will claim Britain “cannot afford to contract out our aid policy to the likes of Bono and Bob Geldof.” Read the full article in The Sun.
Brexit deal 'won't be worth paper it’s written on' if MPs lose sight of economy, BCC warns
(2/5/17) The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) warned politicians not to lose sight of the economy as the UK prepares to enter Brexit negotiations.
It urged parties across the political spectrum to focus on five key areas –Brexit, devolution, the business environment, infrastructure and trade – to support economic growth and boost living standards across the UK. Read the full article in the Telegraph.
UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall to stand in Boston & Skegness
(29/4/17) UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall has announced that he will be standing in Boston and Skegness in the forthcoming General Election. See the full post on the UKIP website.
Here are the seats Liberal Democrats could seize, especially if Tim Farron bangs on about more than Brexit
(25/4/17) If the 2017 general election becomes a "realignment election" then there is potential for Tim Farron and his party to cause problems. Today, Liberal Democrats are the main opposition in 62 seats, in third place in a further 36 seats, and fourth place in 338. In 16 seats the traditional third party in British politics is within 10 points of the incumbent MP, ten of whom are Conservative and based in southern England. Read the full article by Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Political Science at the University of Kent in the Daily Telegraph.
Video: UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall launches 2017 General Election campaign
(28/4/17) Paul Nuttall has said Brexit is a "job half done" and UKIP MPs are needed to "see this through to the end" as he launches his party's election campaign. Mr Nuttall accused the prime minister of "backsliding" on immigration and said a "whopping Conservative majority" would "put Brexit in peril". UKIP would fight seats across "the vast majority of the country" but would stand not against some pro-Brexit MPs. Watch the full 20min speech on UKIP's website and see the BBC report online.
UKIP chief Paul Nuttall finally reveals he WILL run for Parliament on 8th June
(27/4/17) Ukip leader Paul Nuttall today finally said he will run for a seat on June 8, ending speculation he could sit out the general election. Mr Nuttall refused to name the constituency he would target but said he would name the place he will make his stand within 48 hours. Read the full story in the Daily Mail.
Age not class is greatest indicator of voting intention
(26/4/17) Very interesting short post with graphics by Guido Fawkes. He asks, "What is it about leaving education, becoming a taxpayer, a homeowner and a parent that shifts voters to the right?" And he answers... "The reality of responsibilities…" See the full post at Guido Fawkes.
UKIP's new integration policy platform
(24/4/17) UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall, Deputy Leader Peter Whittle, Education Spokesman David Kurten and Women's and Equality Spokesman Margot Parker today launched the broad UKIP integration agenda. UKIP Deputy Leader and Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle has renewed calls for a total ban on face coverings in a public place. Read the full news item on the UKIP website and a summary of the policy here.
Patrick O'Flynn returns as economic spokesman
(22/4/17) UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall has appointed Patrick O'Flynn MEP as the party's economic spokesman. Mr O'Flynn, who served in the same role at the last general election said: "I am delighted and honoured to take charge of UKIP's economic portfolio again. Read the full post on the UKIP website.
This election is about putting our country first - Paul Nuttall MEP
(23/4/17) A news post by our leader stating that over the next week or so, many conversations will take place between UKIP HQ and our local branches over whether UKIP should stand aside and not field a candidate where the interest of the UK is paramount. Read the full post on the UKIP website.
We welcome the chance to put UKIP's positive message to the electorate on 8th June - Paul Nuttall MEP
Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a General Election on June 8, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said: "We welcome the opportunity to take UKIP's positive message to the country.
"However, we believe that the Prime Minister's decision to call this election is a cynical decision driven more by the weakness of Corbyn's Labour Party rather than the good of the country.
"There is also the prospect of a slew of Tory held by-elections caused by the seeming systematic breach of electoral law at the last election, predominantly in places where UKIP were pressing the Conservatives hard.
"We are in the midst of Brexit negotiations so this election will provide a perfect opportunity for the 52% to vote for UKIP the only party wholeheartedly committed to a clean quick and efficient Brexit."
Give Gibraltar its own representation in Westminster - Paul Nuttall MEP
(5/4/17) Gibraltar is not a pawn to be used in Brexit talks, and she is not for sale. Speaking in the European Parliament's Brexit debate today, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall presented his solution to the Gibraltar issue - let them become part of the UK, and give them representation in Westminster if they wish. Read his full speech and watch his speech in the European Parliament on the UKIP website.
Ukip's yellow and purple colours and pound sign logo could be dropped as it reinvents itself in 'post-Brexit age'
(28/3/17) UKIP's famous purple and yellow colours and its pound sign could be ditched as part of a major rebrand as the party prepares for a post-Brexit future. Only the name – UKIP - is safe because it is worth "millions of pounds", Paul Nuttall said.
The party's leader said that he would unveil a new image of a “post-Brexit UKIP” at the party's annual conference in Torquay in September. Read the full article in the Telegraph.
Statement on the Douglas Carswell resignation from UKIP by Paul Nuttall MEP
(25/3/17)Paul Nuttall says: "This is not a surprise. I was elected on a pledge to forge unity in the party, and have had many discussions with key players to try and make that happen, but it had become increasingly clear to me that some things were simply beyond reach." Read his full statement on the UKIP main website.
'Ukip's biggest donor and David Cameron's former strategist in plot to oust 100 Remain MPs'
(24/3/17) A millionaire former donor to the UK Independence Party and David Cameron's ex-policy guru are joining forces to try to unseat 100 Remain-supporting MPs at the next general election, The Telegraph can disclose. Arron Banks, the insurance millionaire, will unveil plans in May to help fund independent candidates to stand against MPs who he feels have failed their local constituents. Read the full article and listen to the podcast in the Daily Telegraph.
Defence procurement like a “Whitehall Farce”
(21/3/17) UKIP Defence spokesman, Bill Etheridge, highlighted the glaring gaps in the capacity of the Royal Navy as the Royal Australian Navy completed exercises off the coast of Perth. Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said “Shocking gaps in the UK defence capacity are emerging as a result of continued cuts." Read the full statement on UKIP main website.
Watch Paul Nuttall MEP on Good Morning Britain after the attack
(24/3/17) This morning our leader appeared live on TV talking about the Westminster attack and the clear problem in certain communities. Watch on Facebook.
Statement from our leader, Paul Nuttall MEP, on the Westminster attack
Fine words are not enough, we must take action Paul Nuttall, the UKIP leader has called for action following the Jihadist attack on Westminster. He pointed out that the BBC security editor Frank Gardner has revealed that the security services must now track more than 3,000 Islamic extremists and that there are simply too many to track all the time. This is up from 1,000 a few years ago. So this problem is getting worse and is now out of control. Read his full statement on the UKIP main website.
Statement from Party Leader Paul Nuttall regarding letter to Arron Banks
(14/3/17) Following a meeting of the Party's NEC on Friday, it was decided a response to a letter written to Paul Nuttall by Arron Banks in February was appropriate. See the letter on the UKIP website
The SNP do not want real independence, they want 'plastic indy' - UKIP's David Coburn MEP
(13/3/17) The prospect of a second independence referendum between the Autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019 is utterly preposterous. The UK will still be in negotiations with the EU at this time – the SNP seem to wish to cause maximum disruption, uncertainty and overall mayhem.
The EU has well over 700 MEPs at the moment, and Scotland gets only 6 – Scotland would have no huge influence what’s so ever. The SNP do not want real independence, they want 'plastic indy'. Read the full article on the UKIP website
Thanet election expenses claim: Secret emails show Tories cheated in fight against Farage for seat
(01/03/17) Channel 4 News has seen a cache of secret emails which suggest the prime minister’s chief of staff, Nick Timothy, may have helped the Conservative Party break electoral spending rules in South Thanet during the general election in 2015.
Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay saw off a strong challenge from former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in South Thanet. But the seat is now one of 29 where the Tories are under police investigation following allegations the party did not properly declare hundreds of thousands of pounds in campaign spending. Read the full article on Breitbart London
By UKIP's Defence spokesman: Whoever ordered these ships should walk the plank
(28/02/17)UKIP Defence Spokesman, Bill Etheridge writes: The new Type 26 Frigates are to be fitted with launchers that will not fire a British made missile. It means US Tomahawk missiles will have to be bought a massive extra cost. However, the Ministry of Defence’s £178billion ten-year equipment plan does not currently include any money which is allocated for their purchase. Read his post on UKIP.org
Record numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians arrive in UK
(23/02/17) The number of people arriving in the UK from Bulgaria and Romania has risen significantly since the Brexit vote, new figures show. But figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also reveal a 'statistically significant' rise in citizens from so-called EU8 nations - Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia - leaving the UK. Read the full article in the Daily Mail
Tories in historic by-election Copeland win as Labour holds Stoke
(24/02/17) The Conservatives have won the Copeland by-election, beating Labour in an area it represented for more than 80 years. Trudy Harrison won with 13,748 votes to Labour's Gillian Troughton's 11,601. Mrs Harrison hailed the victory - the first by-election gain by a governing party since 1982 - as "a truly historic event". Labour's Gareth Snell held Stoke-on-Trent Central with 7,853 votes, seeing off a challenge from UKIP leader Paul Nuttall who got 5,233. Read the full post on the BBC website
UKIP says Government must get a grip as migration still spirals out of control
(23/02/17) Responding to today’s migration statistics UKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, “Almost 600 thousand migrants arrived in the UK last year according to figures released by the ONS this morning. After emigration is subtracted - including 228,000 UK citizens that is a city the size of Hull arriving to stay permanently. Read the full post on UKIP.org
We are now on Twitter!
(10/02/17) We are delighted to announce that we have today set up a Twitter feed for our branch. @UKIP_Cambs will be regularly monitored and will share content posted on this website, as well as re-tweeting of posts by organisations such as UKIP, Leave.eu and Change Britain. View the branch Twitter feed.
UKIP's Mayoral candidate for Cambridgeshire, Paul Bullen, impresses at our branch meeting
We were delighted to welcome the lead UKIP County Councillor for Cambridgeshire and also the party's Mayoral candidate, Paul Bullen to our branch meeting on Friday 3rd February in Willingham.
Paul spoke and answered questions for some 45 minutes about his campaign to become Mayor, as well as telling us a bit about his work and that of colleagues in the County Council. We were very impressed by him and are proud to support his campaign. We wished him every success and are making a donation to his campaign fund. Read Paul's Mayoral standpoint in The Hunts Post
UKIP underlines its support for the NHS
In a hard hitting speech attacking the many Labour failings over the NHS Suzanne Evans the UKIP spokeswoman on the NHS underlined UKIP's full support for a Health Service free at the point of delivery. Read the full article including comments by our leader, Paul Nuttall MEP. Read the full article on the main UKIP website.
St Ives councillor Paul Bullen ‘humbled and honoured’ to be UKIP’s mayoral candidate
(11/01/17) Cambridgeshire County Council member, Councillor Paul Bullen was voted into the position after a meeting of members from the county. “I am humbled and honoured that my party has picked me for this position. It was a unanimous vote as well and now I am looking forward to the election, Cllr Bullen, from St Ives, said.
Despite now being in the running to take up the newly-created post of mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Cllr Bullen is opposed to the position, which has been created as part of the devolution deal. Read the full story in the Cambridge Independent.
Now let's lift our Leader into Parliament and change the face of British politics for good - by Chairman Paul Oakden
(21/01/17) At 11.00 this morning, we announced that our Party Leader, Paul Nuttall, would be UKIP’s candidate for the forthcoming by-election in Stoke-on-Trent Central, on Thursday 23 February.
Thanks to the Stoke-on-Trent branch and the great Mick Harold, who came only 5000 votes behind Tristram Hunt in 2015 but has gallantly ceded the candidacy to Paul, we now have the chance to see our Leader elected to Westminster for the first time. It really can happen... Read the full article on the main UKIP website.
Lisa Duffy will be on the ground in Stoke from today so come and help play your part in sending Paul to Westminster. You can contact Lisa on 0333 800 6800.
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to fight Stoke Central by-election
(21/01/17) UKIP leader Paul Nuttall will fight to win a seat in the House of Commons at the Stoke Central by-election, the party has confirmed. After much speculation, UKIP has confirmed Mr Nuttall was selected unopposed to run as the party candidate in the election next month.
Speaking in Stoke-on-Trent after his selection was announced, Mr Nuttall said if he was elected he would fight for people to be able to afford to have "a house, a car and a holiday". Read the full story on the Sky News website.
Local NHS worker selected as UKIP candidate for the Copeland By-Election
UKIP has selected Fiona Mills as their candidate in the forthcoming Copeland by-election. Fiona, who was recently elected to the UKIP NEC works in the local NHS and was the UKIP candidate in Carlisle in the General Election. Read the full story on the UKIP website.
Stuart Agnew MEP writes: Sad Loss of Steve Emmens, Eastern Region
(10/01/17) I have just received the sad news of the death of Steve Emmens from cancer at the age of 52. Steve joined UKIP at least ten years ago as a Norwich Branch member and became active immediately, throwing himself into a series of local election campaigns in the South of the City. That level of enthusiasm and very hard work would have probably earned him an elected position anywhere else in the County, but he was reluctant to stand beyond his own patch, which was unfortunately a particularly barren area for UKIP.
Steve was a 'commission only' door to door salesman, working in the electricity supply industry. No such thing as a 'quiet day at the office' for him. If he didn't get out there and sell successfully, he received nothing for his time. His occupation necessitated a great deal of walking, and I can honestly say that I regarded him as one of the fittest and healthiest of the UKIP members I was in regular contact with.
With his friend Eric Masters he canvassed a huge area of Norwich during the Referendum Campaign, truly humbling me in the process, and it was a real pleasure to take them and their wives out to dinner after the successful result, to reward them for their efforts. There was not a hint of any problems with Steve at the time, and I was therefore astonished to receive a text from him in the autumn advising me of a diagnosis of liver cancer. This progressed at a vicious speed into other organs and completely overwhelmed him in a few short weeks.
When he wasn't selling or campaigning, Steve was a committed Freemason and very active in the charitable aspect of that organisation. He achieved his ambition of becoming a "Master" in early December, but died before being able to attend a Lodge meeting in his new status.
Steve leaves his widow Tanya, always a great support to him, as he was to her when she suffered serious ill health the previous year. My thoughts are very much with her at the moment.
At the time of writing there are no confirmed funeral arrangements.
Goodbye Sir Ivan. Welcome Nigel Farage?
(03/01/17) Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP's Brexit spokesman has welcomed the resignation of the the UK's Ambassador to the EU, and has made a suggestion for his replacement.
“UKIP welcomes the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers as the UK’s Ambassador to the EU. Sir Ivan had done the decent thing and stood down from an untenable position. If Mrs May were serious about leaving the EU she would have removed him long before.
“Sir Ivan is a Europhile who could not be expected to represent Britain’s national interest in the withdrawal process, which is long overdue in starting and which now needs to be pursued in earnest."
New Year message from UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP
(01/01/17) UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall's New Year's message for 2017, including promises to campaign for a National Health Service and not an International Health Service, to be a party of law and order and 'zero tolerance', and of course to campaign for a 'clean' Brexit. View the video.
Nigel Farage's New Year message
(01/01/17) Three minute New Year video message from Nigel Farage. In it he suggests that 2017 could be just as tumultuous in terms of political events as 2016 and that the 'Europeans' will try to make life 'hard for us' over Brexit negotiations. He also lets on that he will be attending Donald Trump's inauguration as President, making it his 8th visit to the US in a year. Watch the video.
Paul Nuttal MEP elected new UKIP leader
(28/11/16) The Cambridge & South East Cambridgeshire branch of UKIP congratulate Paul Nuttall MEP on his election and appointment as leader of UKIP on 28th November. Watch Paul's acceptance speech here
To see the official UKIP statement and also see the list of appointed spokespersons for the various departments/issues, see here
Ukip can have a bright future, but only by uniting and turning its fire on the real enemy - Paul Nuttall
It is clear that if the infighting doesn’t stop immediately, then UKIP will slip onto a downward spiral which it will not be able to get out of. To prevent this, the party needs unity. It needs its leading lights to focus their guns on the enemy, not on each other. Read the article in the Daily Telegraph
Nominations open for Party Leader candidates
Our Party Chairman Paul Oakden writes: At a meeting of our National Executive Committee this afternoon, the process was agreed for selecting who will become the new Leader of UKIP. Read more
Watch Peter Whittle's excellent UKIP Annual Conference 2016 speech
Peter Whittle AM has been a member of the London Assembly since the London Assembly election, 2016. Here he talks to the conference about London, including the Brexit vote. Did we know that over 40% of Londoners voted for Brexit?
He also covers hate crime, freedom of speech, the overpopulation of the city, the need for UKIP to speak for working people, the cultural effects of mass migration, the threat of radical Islamism, the self-loathing, self-denigration and nihilism of those who set the nation's outlook and the impact on society.
This was a considered, quietly-delivered but very thought-provoking speech for those present at the conference.
Young Independence election results
We have a new chairman of Young Independence (YI) Cambridgeshire in the form of Dan Morris. Dan is 22 years old and is currently a student in Huntingdon and has been a member of UKIP since 2012. He stood as a District Council candidate in Huntingdonshire in the last local election and is very involved with UKIP's LGBT group, being one of the only gay candidates in the region. Congratulations to Dan and we hope to see him at our branch in the near future.
UKIP says goodbye to Nigel Farage
Both UKIP and the nation have much to thank Nigel Farage for - without him, the EU Referendum would not have happened. But much of UKIP's incredible success in recent years, and its growth - over 4 million votes in the last election - are down to one man's indomitable spirit, determination, and hard work. We would like to thank Nigel for transforming British politics and for getting us our country back.
Watch Nigel's fairwell speech at the UKIP 2016 National Conference on Friday 15th September below.