A Summary of UKIP Spokesman - and Our Policies
Following on from the 2014 EU elections, UKIP announced the following spokesmen and women, for the following policy areas (subject to revision):
Transport - Jill Seymour MEP;
Migration - Steven Woolfe MEP;
Financial Affairs - Steven Woolfe MEP;
Economy - Patrick O'Flynn MEP;
Defence - Mike Hooken MEP;
Health - Louise Bours MEP;
Education, Skills, Training - Paul Nuttall MEP;
Justice & Home Affairs - Diane James MEP;
Employment - Jane Collins MEP;
Small Business - Margot Parker MEP;
Fisheries - Ray Finch MEP;
Agriculture - Stuart Agnew MEP;
Culture - Peter Whittle
Energy - Roger Helmer MEP;
Housing - Andrew Charalambous
Local Government - Peter Reeve
Trade - William Dartmouth MEP;
Note: Policies listed below are subject to revision. For latest situation, visit ukip.org
Below is a summary of the broad range of policies and understandings proposed by UKIP for an independent Britain in which democracy really works.
- A vote for UKIP is a vote to leave the EU and recover power over our national life..
- UKIP seeks free trade, but not political union, with our European neighbours. We are the EU?s largest export market: they depend on us for jobs - not the other way around..
- UKIP will allow binding local and national referenda, at the public?s request, on major issues..
- We seek to regain control of our borders and of immigration - this is only possible by leaving the EU. .
- Immigrants must be capable of financially supporting themselves and their dependents for 5 years. This means private health insurance (except emergency medical care), private education and private housing - they should not rely on taking out of the pot, before they have put into it.
- We will introduce a points-based visa system and time-limited work permits, to ensure immigration is effective, and beneficial.
- We believe proof of private health insurance must be a precondition for immigrants and tourists to enter the UK. .
- To improve prosperity, we will save ?55Million a day in membership fees by leaving the EU and give British workers first crack at the 800,000 jobs we currently advertise to EU workers.
- We will ensure that there is no income tax applied, to the minimum wage.
- We will look to enrol unemployed welfare claimants onto community schemes or retraining workfare programmes.
- We will scrap the HS2 (railway) programme. We will direct investment into the railways, that will bring real benefits to people locally, rather than grand schemes that are badly implemented.
- We will scrap 'green' taxes and wind turbine subsidies, as these work against a healthy energy policy, and force sections of society into fuel poverty. We will develop shale gas to reduce energy bills and free us from dependence on foreign oil and gas - placing the tax revenues into a British Sovereign Wealth Fund..
- UKIP will abolish inheritance tax. It is noteworthy that inheritance tax today brings in under ?4bn - less than a third of what we spend on foreign aid. The super-rich avoid it, while modest property owners get caught by it. It hits people during a time of grief and UKIP will budget in its 2015 spending plans to completely abolish this unfair death duty.
- We will make cuts to foreign aid that are real and rigorous.
- We will safeguard against crime by making sentences mean what they say, by not cutting back on front line policing, and by preventing foreign criminals from entering the UK - re-introducing border controls that the EU forced us to abandon.
- Furthermore, we will scrap the European Arrest Warrant, which sends British citizens to foreign jails without evidence, just to answer questions - and replace it with a proper extradition system.
- We will remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, which is responsible for dictating bad laws over our own parliament.
- We are committed to the NHS, both locally and nationally, as a means of healthcare at point of need, for UK residents, and will further encourage the NHS to meet its obligations through directing expenditure to front line services. We acknowledge that the NHS will need to adapt to meet future demographic demands, and we are committed to ensuring overall healthcare funding will meet that need, .
- We will prioritise social housing for people whose parents and grandparents were born locally.
- We will allow for the creation of new grammar schools.
- The law of the land must apply to us all. We oppose any other system of law. We will seek to teach children positive messages and pride in their country. We want to unite through better integration.
Read UKIP's policies in more depth, by visiting UKIP.ORG