Jonathan Arnott Is the Best Choice for the New Ukip Leader

Jade Smith | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Smith

After Farage's resignation I was at a loss. Who would be the next leader of UKIP and who had the vision to take us forward as a political party? Steve Woolfe is great MEP and a stalwart of UKIP but do not appeal to me and with Suzanne Evan's leadership bid being blocked I had no idea who I saw as the leader of UKIP. There was nobody who was suspected to stand who I could put my utter faith in to take UKIP forward, rebrand and fight tooth and nail for Brexit.

From Pensions to Process, We Need to Raise the Level of the Debate

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

We need to have a national discussion about this issue. But it can't just be about noise: the debate needs to be as informed as possible, based on the facts, if we are to expect people to make an informed choice when they come to cast their vote.

'Double Trouble': Working in the European Parliament With a Little One

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

In February I gave birth to my second child, a little girl. I'm grateful to my constituents for their patience, as I've had to reduce the pace of my work a bit as a result. Nine weeks on, last week I made my first trip back into the parliament for the Strasbourg 'plenary', when all the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sit together for key votes.

Time to Stop Cars Driving Climate Change

Ian Duncan | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Duncan

Coal, oil and gas burning energy plants have borne the brunt of the EU's emission ambitions so far, but a time is fast approaching when it is not the power plants far from our home that will do the heavy lifting but the car in our garage. Are you ready to turn off the ignition of your fossil-fuelled car? The clock is ticking.

My Wish for International Women's Day? The End of FGM Once and for All

Louise Bours | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Louise Bours

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day calling for "parity" or a level playing field between men and women. But really, how can there be true parity when young women and girls across the world are still being butchered on the say so of their male masters?

The Real Reason Why UK Tories Are Against EU Tax Probes

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

Despite their claims to be leading the global fight against tax avoidance, British Conservatives have been vociferous in their condemnation of EU atte...

'Care' Should Not Be a Dirty Word

Louise Bours | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Louise Bours

For such a small, simple expression with huge connotations, "care" seems to have become a dirty word. It makes people feel uneasy - embarrassed at the standard of care many of our elderly and vulnerable people receive, and embarrassed at the level of support for the carers themselves.

The Greek Situation Calls for More European Solidarity, Not Less

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

For 48 hours over the course of last weekend, as the Eurozone countries debated how to resolve the Greek problem, the European principles of solidarity and collaboration were effectively abandoned.

Europe's Greatest Challenge? Understanding Its Mandate

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

Understanding its mandate & not kowtowing to financiers or extremists. For the political leaders of the European Union, it's easy to lose perspective...

Iran Nuclear Talks - How to Avoid Putting the 'Dead' in Deadline

Richard Howitt | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Howitt

For Iran, all segments of its society would welcome the lifting of sanctions and an important step towards ending the international isolation. The country has always denied any intent to build nuclear weapons but a successful agreement would also deny them the capacity to do so. It may pave the way towards new hope in a troubled region.

Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson Suspended Over 'Serious Financial' Allegations

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics

Ukip has removed the whip from MEP Janice Atkinson and axed her as a general election candidate "following allegations of a serious financial nature",...

MEP Suspended By Ukip Defects To Tories

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics

The communities spokesman for Ukip has defected to the conservative Party. Amjad Bashir, who represents Yorkshire and the Humber, met with David Camer...

The Conservative Party Must Not Pander to Ukip Hysteria About Europe

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The Conservative party must not become a Ukip proxy. We cannot as a centre-right party be drawn into the hubris and hysteria of populism that demands total withdrawal from Europe while ignoring the obvious dangers of such action and spurning the opportunity for reform that lies ahead of us.

Dreams and Fairytales of Democracy

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Growing up, I had a very simplistic view of the word 'democracy'. In history lessons, I'd learned about the past and how nations had been ruled by kings, queens or dictators. I was proud to live in a country where decisions weren't taken for us by one person, but where we the people could choose our own future. What an amazing, childish dream!

What Drives Your Cultural Prejudice?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

"What drives your cultural prejudice?" The question, asked of me on Twitter by someone who I'd known growing up, surprised me somewhat. He'd spotted that I had just been elected as a UKIP MEP, and assumed therefore that I must have such prejudice.

Could It Be That a Bearded Man in a Dress Has Rekindled Europe's Appetite for Democracy?

Adrian Lovett | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

It has emerged that the winner of last weekend's Eurovision Song Contest, Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst, was not the choice of the elite juries that cast half the votes in the annual Euro-singathon. Instead, Wurst swept to victory thanks to the support of the public, who decided that behind the camp persona and hype there was actually quite a good song (at least, relative to the others). Conchita was the people's choice.

Nigel Farage's 'Will He, Won't He' Over Newark Shows UKIP's Contempt for the British Public

Catherine Bearder | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

Political commentators will churn up column inches debating whether he bottled it or not, and what impact this will have on Teflon Nigel. However, this debate misses the central point about UKIP - they hold the electorate in utter contempt.

Fools' Paradise or Nation State?

Sheila Lawlor | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Lawlor

The European election campaign is now underway as EU member states prepare to go to the polls late in May to chose 751 MEPs for the European Parliament in Brussels. These MEPs do not sit in national blocs, but in political groupings.

Fight or Flight: Your New Weapons Against Airline Bullies

Jakub Kotan | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Jakub Kotan

Put the champagne on ice, because after a DECADE, you the passenger will finally have more power against airline bullies. Airline operators would rather eat their own feet with rusty cutlery, than clearly inform passengers about their rights to compensation for delayed or cancelled flights.

Five 'Barmy' Ukip MEPs Ditched After Nigel Farage Clearout

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Five of Ukip's MEPs will not stand for re-election in May as leader Nigel Farage launches a clearout of "extremist, nasty or barmy" views from the par...

Victory for Ukip Is Meaningless for Europe

Ben Acheson | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Farage himself predicted an "earthquake" while other prominent right wingers envisage "the liberation from the European elite, the monster in Brussels". So are they correct? Their success would certainly send a shockwave across the continent but are we really about to find ourselves at the mercy of the most anti-EU, combatively euro-sceptic European Parliament to date? No.

Godfrey Bloom Was Just Awful On 'Have I Got News For You'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

Godfrey 'Bongo Bongo' Bloom made his debut on Have I Got News For You last night, and it was everything you'd hoped and feared, and more. The MEP, ...

Nigel Farage Called 'Totalitarian' By Ukip's Former Deputy Leader

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Politics

Mike Nattrass, the former deputy leader of Ukip, sensationally quit the party on Thursday evening in protest at Nigel Farage’s "totalitarian" leader...

Was Ukip Responsible For Cameron's Humiliating Commons Defeat On Syria?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ukip was decisive in swinging the Commons vote against British military intervention in Syria, according to Nigel Farage. Appearing at a rally in ...

'Tories Are More Sexist Than Ukip'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics

One of Ukip's top women candidates has defended the stream of politically incorrect comments from fellow party members, saying she encountered far wor...