Welcome to the new UKIP Wales website; the one stop shop for everything UKIP in Wales.
With the Welsh Assembly gaining increased tax powers throughout 2018 and 2019, UKIP will defend the Welsh people from Labour's pernicious tax policies.
Since 1999 the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay has overseen failure after failure in health, education and the economy. Wales is a poorer nation today compared to what it was in 1999 and nobody until now has challenged Labour's one party state. What's left of the Lib Dems in the form of Kirsty Williams simply props up Labour, while Plaid Cymru under Leanne Wood are content to sit idly while Labour continues to impoverish our country. The Tories have offered no real opposition at all because they occupy comfy seats in the cosy Cardiff Bay consensus.
UKIP must be the party that takes Wales from the clutches of the political establishment and places power firmly into the hands of the Welsh people.
Philip Hammond’s attempt to serve up British fish as a bargaining chip to the EU has left a stink among Britain’s fishermen. At a keynote speech on Brexit at HSBC headquarters at Canary Wharf in London last night, the Chancellor said he was “open” to allowing EU trawlers into UK waters. The EU’s draft guidelines for negotiating a trade deal states that fishing rights must be maintained as part of any free trade agreement.
UKIP Wales Leader and Welsh fishing spokesman Neil Hamilton commented:
“If Philip Hammond was reincarnated as a fish, he’d be a flounder. If he believes that selling the British fishing industry down the river will get him anything, then Michel Barnier has caught him hook, line and sinker. We need to reel the EU in on this – our fishing waters are not up for negotiation. Hands off our fish!”
Today, Neil Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales, asked probing questions at FMQs about the First Minister’s trip to the USA, following which he commented:
“It is clear the Welsh Government had no plans to meet anyone who mattered in the Trump Administration.
"Instead, the First Minister behaved like a teenage groupie posing for selfies with Hillary Clinton, the big-time loser to Trump in the Presidential election. The FM is playing the politics of impotence when he should be playing the politics of power.
"He was more interested in virtue-signalling with Yesterday’s Woman than doing business with the Man of the Moment, whose decisions can have a dramatic effect on the lives and livelihoods of Welsh workers.
"Doesn’t he understand that Trump is annoyed with China, Canada, Vietnam and Mexico over steel - not with the UK. EU bosses are planning retaliatory action, which could bring down other big employers like motor vehicle manufacturer Ford in Bridgend.
"Wales sells almost no steel to the US. It would be utter madness for us to become embroiled in a trade war between the US and the EU. Outside the EU, we can pursue an international trade policy which suits our interests, not those of Brussels.
"Carwyn Jones's determination to carry on fighting to keep us entangled in the EU will severely hamper the ability of Wales to exploit new trade opportunities with the rest of the world.”
You can watch the full exchange between Neil Hamilton and Carwyn Jones here:
This month, polling company ICM produced a 'St David's Day Poll', which asked the Welsh public a number of questions, ranging from their views on devolution, to how they would vote in upcoming elections to both Westminster and the National Assembly for Wales. It was found that at present, 8% of voters would vote for a UKIP candidate. This is an important number, because it represents the tipping point at which UKIP would receive 5 AMs under proportional representation.
The full results:
Given the tumultuous time UKIP has had over the past 18 months, this poll result is welcome news, and provides a solid base for the party in Wales going forward. It is also notably higher than the average poll result for the party on a UK national level, which currently averages at 4%.
Onwards and upwards!
The full version of this ICM polling report, which also includes questions about the devolution settlement, is available here.
The Welsh Government has proposed an Emergency Continuity Bill, which transfers EU laws in devolved areas into Welsh law, and stops what has been described as a “power grab” by Westminster. UKIP supports this piece of legislation, which rightfully transfers EU laws in devolved areas.
The continuity bill, if passed in the Assembly, would place EU laws covering subjects such as farm subsidies and food labelling into Welsh law.
UKIP Wales Leader Neil Hamilton commented:
“By blocking a direct transfer of powers in devolved areas from Brussels to Cardiff, Theresa May has handed a weapon to Brexit opponents.
“This is another unnecessary row and a symptom of her bungled Brexit, overseen by her rebellious Cabinet of Remainers with tin ears. Brexit should be all about devolution from unelected bureaucrats to elected politicians at the most local level practicable. UKIP accepts the will of the people in the devolution referenda and the UK Government should deliver on that deal, not undermine it.”
This Sunday, UKIP Wales Leader Neil Hamilton was on LBC radio with Jacob Rees-Mogg. They discussed the results of the UKIP EGM, new Interim Leader Gerard Batten and the future of UKIP.
You can watch the segment here:
Plaid Cymru are once again burying their heads in the sand on Islamic political extremism. In a series of amendments in the name of Rhun ap Iorwerth, Plaid calls on the Welsh Government to:
“tackle the radicalisation of white men into far-right groups and note recent terrorist activity committed by the far right.”
UKIP fully condemns terrorism and unlawful violence in all its forms. It should be ruthlessly dealt with. However, Plaid Cymru’s amendments are an attempt to divert attention from the main practical problem. By singling out white men, they are also targeting individuals on a racial and gender basis.
The law on terrorism and violence should be applied equally to all groups in a cohesive framework for targeting extremism. 30 years ago, the main problem was IRA terrorism; today it is violent Islamic fundamentalism. Plaid’s amendments are a smokescreen to disguise reality.
The facts show that Islamist terror poses the largest threat to our communities and that should receive the bulk of police and intelligence resources. The activities of individuals and groups described by Plaid Cymru as “far right” cannot be ignored but they are peripheral to the main risk to our safety and liberty posed by ISIS and other so-called ‘Islamic’ groups.
Of the five major terrorist incidents in the UK this year, only one involved a white male - who was actually suffering from a severe mental illness. So why is Plaid’s amendment targeting “white males?”
UKIP Group Leader Neil Hamilton commented:
“Plaid Cymru needs to wake up and stop making excuses for politicised Islamic extremism. Political correctness blinds Plaid Cymru to the real threat to British liberal values and undermines the protection of our way of life from those most ready and willing to destroy it.”
- Ken Skates has “done his best to kill a visionary private sector investment”
- Mr Hamilton criticised the Welsh Government for having an “anti-enterprise culture [which] has failed the valleys”
- UKIP Group Leader will “…present him with a white stick to symbolise his lack of vision.”
Neil Hamilton, UKIP’s Group Leader in the National Assembly for Wales has attacked Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates over a leaked report, which suggests that the cabinet secretary underplayed the number of jobs the project would create.
The leaked report, by consultants Regeneris and commissioned by the Welsh Government stated that up to 3,300 direct jobs could be created and another 4,630 jobs would have been created during the construction phase. This comes in stark contrast to the 1,100 jobs cited by the Welsh Government when the decision was made to pull the plug.
Mr Hamilton commented:
“The Welsh Government's anti-enterprise culture has failed the Valleys. Ken Skates should be impeached for doing his best to kill a visionary private sector investment which would give real hope to the northern valleys for the first time in a century.
“After 20 years of Labour government in Cardiff, Wales is the poorest part of the UK. £300 million of private sector investment in a world-class automotive project would be a shot in the arm. Instead, Ken Skates is going to spend £100 million of taxpayers' money on a collection of empty sheds with no takers. Next time I see him, I will present him with a white stick to symbolise his lack of vision.”