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...24 hours in the European Parliament

By Jonathan Arnott MEP

When I arrived in the European Parliament, I fully expected that there would be stitch-ups, slanderous accusations, voters’ wishes ignored by the establishment and backstabbing from the political groups. At the time of writing, I have officially been an MEP for just over 24 hours – what has shocked me is that I have witnessed all of these happen already.

On Monday, the EU colours were paraded in military fashion and then on Tuesday the EU ‘national anthem’ was played to open the session, with pomp and ceremony to instill some kind of faux-European nationalism. Even pro-Europeans in Britain would have been shocked by what is going on in Brussels. Today Van Rompuy described Europe as ‘our new country’. That’s what the euro-elite see the European Union as being – a country, and they are fiercely nationalist when defending that ‘country’. They call for more European military co-operation, moves towards a European army. Even many in the ALDE (Liberal Democrat) group have been strongly in favour of war in Syria and Iraq.
"We stand up for our people, not the EU flag and anthem. We will do everything we can to free ourselves from this corrupt institution." - UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage comments on Schulz election.

Before the start of the first EP session, 24 UKIP MEPs held a March for Freedom to signify their work for the freedom of people from EU legislation and waste.

At the beginning of the session, as the EU anthem was played, UKIP MEPs stood and turned their back on the EU flag.
Responding to both events, UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP said: "We don't recognise or respect the EU flag or anthem.  They are both symbols of our servitude inside a political union which the British people reject.

"We will do everything we can in the European Parliament to oppose the federalist system which ignores our national democracy and pushes millions of people across Europe into poverty and unemployment.
The British government cannot take remedial action because it is powerless to do so while we are members of the European Union.

By Gerard Batten MEP

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the UK population has reached an all-time high of 64 million.
Over the past year alone the figure has gone up by an incredible 400,000. 
This incredible growth has been caused by immigration and births to migrants.  When Tony Blair took office in 1997 the population was about 58 million.  Since then a policy of uncontrolled and unlimited immigration has been the norm.
Britain is the most densely populated country in Europe, and one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
...and why “green energy” is economic nonsense

By Roger Helmer MEP
In a recent speech Ed Davey announced that energy intensive companies would be paid to switch off their machinery during times of high demand. As many have noted, this not what happens in healthy energy markets. Although this policy is called ‘demand-side management’, jargon does not disguise what is still a blackout. But simple economics can determine a much better approach to energy policy than the managed decline preferred by the deeply unpopular minority party in the coalition.
The problem of the UK’s diminished capacity is caused by energy policies, (not shortages of fuel), largely but not entirely driven by EU directives to reduce CO2 and other emissions from power stations.  Much of the UK’s generating capacity has been forced to close by the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), followed by the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), both of which are intended to reduce the emissions responsible for pollution. Nobody is against clean air, but the combination of these policies has compounded the UK’s energy problems, leaving an energy gap which threatens wide-spread blackouts.
“We will be the peoples’ voice.  Expect us to fight the good fight to take back control of our countries' destinies.” – UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

EFD Group statement

A New EFD Group has been formed in the European Parliament, currently with 7 national delegations and 48 members.

Group President Nigel Farage said:

“I am very proud to have formed this Group with other MEPs and we undertake to be the peoples’ voice.

We will be at the forefront working for the restoration of freedom, national democracy and prosperity across Europe.

I am excited about working together with other delegations to be effective in exerting as much change as possible in Brussels while labouring at home to alert people to the harm that EU regulation does to the lives of ordinary people. Expect us to fight the good fight to take back control of our countries' destinies.
"I have known Simon for some time, he is a man of good character who has done everything by the book, but at the end the judge told him quite incredibly to go to Switzerland." - UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.

Today in Criminal Court of Bonneville, Haute-Savoie, France; British Ski instructor Simon Butler was sentenced to 200 days in jail or a 30,000 euro fine. He immediately announced he would appeal the decision.
UKIP MEPs have fully supported Simon Butler throughout his legal nighmare, accompanying him to Court cases in France, helping him at the Petitions committee of the European Parliament and in January this year, UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall took Mr Butler to meet French Commissioner Barnier who comes from this region of France.

Responding to this news, UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP said:
“This is a legal disgrace which shows there is no single market in the EU. It is also a personal tragedy for Simon Butler, a fully-qualified British ski instructor who simply wanted to work and employ other people in France.

Nigel Farage today spoke out against Tony Blair's comments on the present situation in Iraq and Syria.

The UKIP leader said: "In almost every country in which the West has intervened or even implied support for regime change, the situation has been made worse and not better.

"This is true of Libya, Syria and of course Iraq. Tony Blair's state of outright denial of the obvious consequences of his disastrous decision-making on Iraq is making increasingly uncomfortable viewing.

"There was no place in Iraq for Al Qaeda or its affiliates under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Yet now the country is over-run by Islamists who are also making advances in Syria and the whole region is sliding towards a full-scale Sunni versus Shia conflict.

It has been a very good week at the European Parliament – and you won’t hear me saying that very often!

For the first time our new cohort of 24 MEPs got together in Brussels. It was quite a sight for me.

When I arrived for my first day, some 15 years ago, I was one of only three UKIP representatives.

The bureaucrats did not know what to make of us, other than to treat us as a curiosity to be patronised and as a source of amusement.

Well, as Bob Monkhouse used to say, they’re not laughing now!

This time UKIP is the largest British delegation at the parliament and in fact the largest single party delegation from any country other than Germany, which sends many more MEPs than the rest of us because of the size of its population.
'The Conservatives can put together that sort of campaign for a single by-election.  But next year they’ll be fighting 600+ seats and a couple of dozen UKIP target seats, and they just won’t be able to match that kind of effort.' - UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.

Now that the dust has had time to settle, it’s time to thank all those UKIP activists who came to Newark in their hundreds.  The best day was probably May 31st — the day of the great pre-election rally in Kelham Hall — when we had 300 out door-knocking.  They came from across the East Midlands, but also from further afield.  From the South East, the West Country, East Anglia, the North, from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

They achieved extraordinary things.  In a series of bottom-up initiatives — which our campaign knew nothing about until they happened — vehicles in UKIP livery turned up on a daily basis.  Many had been made specific to the Newark campaign.  On the first day we had a purple caravan “The Return of Common Sense” parked in Newark’s beautiful Market Square.  Then no fewer than three large vans, professionally decorated with “Helmer for Newark” slogans and six-foot high mug-shots arrived, dominating the view in the square.
UKIP MEP Roger Helmer slashes panicked Tories' majority in Newark as People's Army marches on


UKIP candidate Roger Helmer slashed the Tory majority in Newark – their 40th safest seat nationwide – and left the demoralised Lib Dems losing their deposit and falling to a miserable sixth place as we took a massive 26 per cent of the vote.

Speaking after the result was announced, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “If you had said to me before the campaign we would go from four per cent to 26 per cent I would have taken that.

"It means that we go on whether it is a Tory-held seat, a Labour-held seat, a LibDem held seat - we go on being the challenger in all of these constituencies.

"And the right one will come along - a marginal - and we will win it."

Newark by-election result
I can’t tell you we’re going to win on Thursday.  That’s up to the voters.  But we’re coming up fast on the rails.

By Roger Helmer MEP

June 5th is polling day in Newark.  This is my fifth election since 1999. My second in a fortnight.  And my first Westminster election.  I’m the UKIP candidate.

Opinion polls are still putting the Conservatives in the lead.  I just can’t relate those numbers to our experience.  We’ve done a huge amount of canvassing, and on that basis we’re at least level pegging! Maybe better. In fifteen years I’ve never seen the kind of enthusiasm we’re getting here — on the doorstep, in the street, in the shops and the pubs.  It’s heartwarming.

Yesterday a colleague was walking in from the station (we’ve had hundreds of activists in town).  He was confronted with an Agence France video reporter.  “Can you help me?” said the journo.  “I need to interview someone who’s not voting UKIP, but I can’t find anyone”.  “Sorry” said my colleague, “but I’m afraid I’m UKIP’s Party Chairman”
UKIP Press Release

Beppe Grillo and Nigel Farage met in Brussels, May 28, to share a meal, and discuss a future relationship which could possibly lead to the formation of a new group in the European Parliament.

The leader of the 5 Star movement, Grillo and UK Independence Party leader, Farage agreed after an animated and very amicable encounter to meet again in the next few weeks.

Both leaders agreed to immediately begin discussions with a view to forming a new group. Both leaders agreed on the importance of direct democracy in Europe to exert change, and emphasised that all political parties in a potential new group should enjoy the freedom to campaign and vote as they choose within a framework of basic agreements.

UKIP top European Election with 27.5% of the vote and 24 MEPs.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage hails historic day as Ukip takes votes off 'arrogant' Labour

Well the Ukip electoral earthquake seems to be under way and - despite the fact that I have been talking about it for so long - it has still taken the political class by surprise.

Part two comes on Sunday night when the European results come through. Fingers crossed for that.

But what has particularly delighted me today is that the clusters of elected councillors I was hoping for in particular local authority areas, have come through.

We have big representation in Thurrock, Castle Point, Basildon, Great Yarmouth, Great Grimsby, Rotherham and elsewhere besides.

This is a massive leap forward in the battle to break into Westminster constituencies in numbers in the general election next year.

"I believe we should be a democratic self-governing nation, and everyone that votes Ukip believes the same thing and we're going to acheive it. I'm sorry, but these three parties are hopelessly out of touch with the way the modern world is going." - Ukip Leader Nigel Farage
Comparing Putin to Hitler diminishes the horrific suffering of millions of people across mainland Europe

"The EU is the superpower trying to create its own empire, and what we have seen from Putin is not the creation of a “Greater Russia” but a country with its hackles up over the ever-creeping eastern border of the European Union," writes UKIP Leader Nigel Farage (The Independent).

I think it’s fair to say that Prince Charles and I don’t see eye to eye on much save for architecture. He, like me, prefers the more classical style of buildings rather than ones which look like vegetables or kitchen implements. And I also think his charity, The Prince’s Trust, is an excellent project which helps young people in real need at grass roots level.

"We are Threatening and Challenging the Establishment. They are very scared of what we could do to their vote on Thursday and they have clubbed together to hurl as much abuse at UKIP as they possibly can." -
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, interviewed by Jeremy Paxman, Newsnight, May 19.
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