Conference 2015

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As the Chairman of UKIP South Suffolk, here are some of my notes on the 2015 Conference at Doncaster. It reflects the items which I found of interest or which warrant further exposure.


 The 2015 conference at Doncaster produced another direct and forceful speech by Nigel Farage MEP, who is looking for strong support for the referendum from UKIP and the other groups looking to leave the EU. The Leave.EU campaign were at the conference and were signing up 7,000 members a day, according to Arron Banks, a sponsor.

Another notable speaker was Peter Lundgren MEP who gave a perspective on how the EU was adversely affecting Sweden. He is a former truck driver and highlighted the ‘cabotage’ rules. Cabotage allows foreign trucks to enter a country with a load, stay there for seven days and transport up to three different national loads on their way back home.

“Many companies twist the rules by hiring trucks from the new eastern member states for half the price of what a Swedish firm would charge. They pay the drivers as little as €205 per month, regardless of how much they work. This is an outrage.”

WP_20150925_003Peter Lundgren MEP: click on the image for more on his background

A fine speech on jobs was given by Jane Collins MEP.

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“As Employment spokeswoman for UKIP I have the important job of ensuring that in the referendum campaign the message about jobs and growth thriving outside of the EU is understood by every voter.

It’s the decision which is at the heart of people’s decision whether to support Britain leaving the EU – and make no mistake the IN side will trot out the usual lines about 3 million jobs being at risk if we leave the stranglehold of Brussels as if having our own seat at the World Trade Organisation and deciding our own employment rules would be detrimental.

It’s thanks to parties like UKIP that it’s not the Euro!”

 Roger Helmer MEP spoke about the UK after Brexit and the failure of the drive to renewables.

“I’d like to share with you something I’ve learned in my years in Brussels and Strasbourg, and it’s this: the EU’s apparatchiks harbour a huge contempt for public opinion.  Isolated in their ivory towers, they can mostly afford to ignore the voters.  They think that people like you and me are just too stupid and ignorant to understand the huge benefits of EU membership.

But once in a while, reality strikes back and bites their ankles – for example, in 2005 when the French and Dutch voted down the European Constitution.  So did the bureaucrats see the error of their ways, and change course? The hell they did!  No.  They stood wringing their hands, and saying “Perhaps we haven’t explained it well enough”….”

“…With Brexit, we can sweep away the threat to our security of supply issues, we can exploit indigenous coal and gas resources, and we can eliminate our over-dependence on intermittent renewables.  But stuck with EU rules, as we are today, serious industry commentators are warning of blackouts in the winter of 2016.”

 The full speech can be found here: RH2015

Jonathan Arnott MEP told us of his experiences in the EU.

“I’ve been in the European Parliament for just over a year. I work out there to hold them to account, pointing out when they’re breaking their own rules and working with my colleagues to provide some much-needed opposition in that place. Almost as soon as I was elected, my name was chosen at random to scrutinise the ballot for election of the Commission President. I stood up for the first time in the chamber, and said that I wouldn’t take part in an undemocratic sham where we had the choice of ONE candidate by a secret ballot so our constituents don’t know how we voted…”

The full text of his speech can be found here: JA2015


 A change of policy was announced at the Conference, where UKIP is to reverse its policy on the abolition of inheritance tax in order to address an apparently more urgent priority for the economy, public sector pay.

In his speech at the Party Conference in Doncaster yesterday Mark Reckless UKIP’s Economics Spokesman announced that £5.2 billion of the Brexit dividend UKIP had earmarked to abolish inheritance tax would now be used to end the decade long near-freeze on public sector pay. UKIP would lift the 1% cap the Conservative Government is now imposing for a further four years following George Osborne’s budget.

Whilst UKIP’s policy would mean that over five million teachers, nurses and other public sector workers in the UK would find themselves better off, in my view such a move it is just as likely to deter people who are opposed to the big state corporatist and bureaucratic EU.

Inheritance tax is a bane to people who wish to make sure that their families do not have financial problems in the event of their demise. The people most likely to be affected by the tax are those who seek not to dissipate wealth and possessions in their own lifetime, but to leave the current and next generations with a foundation for their lifetime.

Steven Whalley

26-09-15