Farmers will back leaving the EU

Press Release
29/4/16

Farmers will back leaving the EU

UKIP candidate for Mid Ulster says farm incomes will continue to decline whilst in the EU.

In light of the NFU revealing that the profitability of UK farming fell by a staggering 29% in 2015 ( a loss of over £1.5 billion) Alan Day stated “The Pro EU SNP Scottish Government has also admitted Scottish farm incomes have declined by 55% in four years & DARD in Northern Ireland has confirmed the figure is 40% in Northern Ireland.

It seems that the NFU has largely ignored their own report. which concluded “Price changes due to a Brexit have a positive impact on farm incomes in all sectors under the FTA and WTO-default scenario.”

Brexit would allow farmers to do better if the Government continues with the current level of area payments and the Government would be better off too. The UK currently contributes an estimated €7.9bn to the CAP budget, from which its farmers receive €3.8bn. The current level of area payments can be retained with a saving of €4.1bn.

I have no doubt that the EU will cut CAP funding in the future which will adversely affect farming incomes and all this before the EU signs the TTIP trade deal with the USA, CETA with Canada and the EU-Mercusor deal with the South American trade bloc.”

Ends.

Further info:

Staggering fall in farm incomes reflects reality of tough trading environment, says NFU – Farming Life http://www.farminglife.com/news/farming-news/staggering-fall-in-farm-incomes-reflects-reality-of-tough-trading-environment-says-nfu-1-7357755

Exclusive: Survey reveals 58% of farmers back EU exit – Farmers Weekly http://www.fwi.co.uk/news/exclusive-survey-reveals-farmers-back-eu-exit.htm

Scottish farm incomes halved in four years – Farmers Weekly http://www.fwi.co.uk/business/scottish-farm-incomes-halved-in-four-years.htm

ScottishGovernment – News – Farm incomes halved in four years http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Farm-incomes-halved-in-four-years-2470.aspx

SNP Scottish government website shows farm incomes down by 55% in four years http://ow.ly/4neLfh

Farming incomes plummet by 40% in Northern Ireland – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/farming-incomes-plummet-by-40-in-northern-ireland-34405918.html

UKIP denounce Labour plans to give away sovereignty

Press Release
18/4/16

UKIP denounce Labour plans to give away sovereignty

UKIP candidate for Mid Ulster Alan Day has denounced plans by pro EU members of the Labour party to `reform the EU`

Alan stated “So the Deputy leader of Labour has let the cat out of the bag. He and his cohorts in their letter to the Guardian say that British sovereignty is gone and call for an EU trans-national economic & political union.”

UKIP have been warning about the true nature of the EU for decades. Only by voting to leave the undemocratic EU can we take back control of our country.”
Further info:

‘The choice is not exit or surrender but how we transform Europe’ | Letters | Politics | The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/17/the-choice-is-not-exit-or-surrender-but-how-we-transform-europe?CMP=share_btn_tw

UKIP support for science and education

Press Release
18/4/16

UKIP support for science and education

UKIP candidate for Mid Ulster has outlined his commitments to science and education.

Alan stated “The Institute Of Physics in Ireland is eager to work with MLAs in the new assembly to help champion science and raise awareness of the importance of physics to Northern Ireland. As someone involved in the IT industry I welcome their manifesto and commend it wholeheartedly. STEM subjects are of vital importance and UKIP are proposing the removal of tuition fees for students taking approved degrees in Science, Medicine, Technology, Engineering and Maths on the condition that they work in their discipline and pay tax in the UK for five years after completion of their degrees.

“It is unacceptable that only 14% of registered teachers have any kind of
science or maths degree and that two thirds of all physics teachers in Northern Ireland are employed in grammar schools”

Nor is it acceptable that many non-selective schools do not offer Physics at A Level”

As such I am fully committed to their aims below.

– Review the primary curriculum and explore ways to re-introduce a separate science subject into primary schools

– Conduct a review to identify and tackle the barriers to physics becoming a realistic option to pursue at A-level for all students

– Invest in opportunities to increase the supply of STEM trained teachers, particularly physics teachers, including offering new funding to train and attract new teachers in Northern Ireland

– Commit to providing funding to close the gap between universities in Northern Ireland and England

– Work with industry to review the manufacturing base in Northern Ireland and identify opportunities for growth in physics-based industries

– Look to implement the recommendation from the 2009 Review of STEM to appoint a national STEM adviser and ensure that they have the ear of the Northern Ireland Executive.

Further info:

IOP Briefing
http://www.iopireland.org/policy/election2016/file_67194.pdf