•UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, together with UKIP's colleagues in the Italian Five-Star Movement, tabled a string of amendments to the EU budget to cut the cost to taxpayers. Every single one of the 46 amendments was rejected: some were voted down, and some didn't even make it to a vote because the Parliament had already voted to increase the budget items UKIP wanted to cut.
Cuts to MEPs' salaries, offices and allowances, pensions and European Political Parties were all rejected - as were cuts to the EU's public opinion analysis, European schools, Special Representatives and payments for co-operation with Greenland.
UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, who sits on the Budget Committee, said "The Labour Party in particular have shown their true colours by voting down every attempt to save money from the European Union's budget. They have shown they just don't care how much taxpayers' cash is wasted by the failed European Union project. In total almost a billion pounds would have been saved by the UKIP proposals. In total almost a billion pounds would have been saved by the UKIP proposals.
Farage denounces new European Commission as “the enemy of the very concept of democracy” and tells Juncker his new Commission is made up of “non-entities” most MEPs can’t even name. It will be the last European Commission to govern Britain, says UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP.
• As Jean-Claude Juncker introduced his new European Commissioners to the European Parliament today, UKIP leader Nigel Farage stood at his front row seat in the chamber and told him “this is a pretty much a bunch of non-entities.” He said “the one from Britain is so obscure, his name Lord Hill should be ‘Lord Who?’ Because you know the British public couldn’t pick the bloke out of a line-up.”
Farage told Juncker: “I don’t think that the European public or commentators understand what the European Commission really is. The Commission is the executive, it is the Government of Europe and it has the sole right to propose legislation. It does so in consultation with 3,000 secret committees staffed mainly by big business and big capital and all the legislation is proposed in secret.”
Nigel Farage thanks European Commission President Barroso for making it clear that David Cameron is wrong when he says we can restrict free movement and still remain members of the EU – Cameron “was deceiving the British people and you made it clear” - VIDEO
•Today Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP and co-president of the European of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD) in the European Parliament, was back in his front row seat at the parliament after his eurosceptic EFDD group defeated attempts by the eurofanatic leadership of the parliament to disband them and take away their speaking rights.
The victory of the group meant that the German Socialist President of the Parliament, Martin Schulz, who last week was accused by Nigel Farage of “manipulative backroom politics of the worst kind,” was forced to introduce “EFDD Mr Farage” to address the parliament. Farage rose to reply to a speech by outgoing President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
The UKIP leader thanked outgoing Commission President Barroso “for appearing on British television, thank you for confirming that the real fantasist isn’t you, it’s David Cameron, the British prime minister, who pretends that we can restrict free movement and remain members of the European Union.”
•Nigel Farage MEP, Co-President of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group in the European Parliament, along with Co-President David Borrelli MEP, announced that a single new Polish member, Robert Jarosław IWASZKIEWICZ has joined the group. His signature was submitted to the Parliament administration service today at 3pm.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage commented: "To paraphrase Mark Twain 'Rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated.' The Eurosceptics are now back with a bang, indeed we have never been away.
"Last week we were done over by the Feds, [European Federalists] but today the EFDD Group is alive obviously having friends in the very highest places.
"In wireless terms, the radio signal was weak for a few days but normal transmission has now been resumed.
"European Parliament President Schulz's part in trying to shut us down last week was contemptible. It was manipulative backroom politics of the worst kind. But in his eagerness to silence the Eurosceptic voice he acted prematurely.
The Rochester by-election is for me, for Ukip and of course for the brave Mark Reckless, political high noon. For Cameron too. - Ukip Leader Nigel Farage MEP (Express)
• The Ukip narrative is changing so quickly, I can barely keep up, let alone the swathes of commentators in Westminster who have become too reliant on reporting a status quo over the last decade that they simply cannot get their head around what is currently happening in UK politics.
Whether old Labour voters, traditional Tories, disenfranchised non-voters or even the odd ex Lib Dem, one thing that unites what seem a disparate band of supporters is the appetite for change.
Of course that sounds like typical politician's cliché. All votes represent change, be it a new government, a fresh manifesto, or the turning of the page into a brighter future. But it's more than just policy. My feeling is that many voters have grown weary of the political game itself.
For decades now the two main parties have passed power between themselves, and never had to face the prospect of actually having to listen to the voter. They were either in power, or in opposition, and focussed entirely on outfoxing the party on the opposite benches.
"I had to do it to get elected" - Iveta Grigule MEP, former EFDD member [pictured, inset]
"If we are correct in our understanding about the events, President Schulz [pictured] would be more suited to being the president of a parliament in a banana republic." - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, Co-President of the EFDD group
•The EFDD Group in the European Parliament has folded after the resignation, yesterday, of Latvian member Iveta Grigule. Concerning her resignation, Ms Grigule told the secretary general of the EFDD Group that “I had to do it to get elected.” She told the General Secretary of the EFDD Group that the EPP chairman Manfred Weber and European Parliament President Martin Schulz told her she must resign from the EFDD Group in order to attain the presidency of a Parliamentary delegation to Kazakhstan.
In this term, EFDD Group members have been systematically excluded from their expected positions in EP delegations and chairmanships under the D’Hondt system which is the normal practice over many years.
Ms Grigule signed her letter of resignation in the office of Mr Schulz yesterday morning following which he informed the Conference of Presidents of her resignation, thus folding the group.
•Panorama filmed an interview with me during the European elections in April. They said that they wanted to focus on UKIP’s electoral prospects, and the kind of people who support us.
I agreed to be interviewed in June, and a Panorama presenter came to Romford to film me there. He then asked for a further interview at my office. During the interview it became apparent that he was more interested in trying to dig up dirt on Nigel Farage than talking about politics.
Since then various sources have informed me that they were contacting people long-ago disassociated from the Party and I believe, attempting to procure hearsay evidence regarding various unfounded accusations.
I am sorry to conclude that Panorama is planning a hatchet job on UKIP, far removed from what I was led to believe I was participating in. I am very sorry that this once again supports my view that the BBC is institutionally politically biased. The BBC is of course on the Brussels payroll, the EU gave the BBC €24,435,906 (£19.2m) in funds between 2007-2012, Panorama didn't mention this.
•Infectious enthusiasm was the mood on Rochester High street for Saturday's launch to send Mark Reckless to Westminster under UKIP colours.
Fresh from making British political history by the seaside in Essex, Douglas Carswell MP told gathered supporters in Kent that he would be 'chief leafleter in Rochester's most marginal ward' seeking the election of his friend of twenty years.
After UKIP's combined vote in the Clacton and Heywood & Middleton by-elections defied the pundits to total more than the vote of the next four parties combined, UKIP leader Nigel Farage told Rochester activists 'we are targeting everyone in this campaign'.
And highlighting his opposition to plans to impose a massive unwanted development of 5,000 new homes over Rochester & Strood's environmentally-crucial bird sanctuary, candidate Mark Reckless pledged a 'positive campaign on the local issues'.
It's been twenty years since I scraped a handful of votes in the party's first ever by-election - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage in the The Independent.
•How extraordinary it is to walk around Clacton and see the town painted purple, to glance at the front pages of the local papers to see the word Ukip writ large, to speak to voters not only pledging their support, but fired up and excited about the prospect of playing a part in history.
The Frinton and Walton Gazette has the most astonishing splash of all. On a whole-page black background, the date 10.10.2014 jumps out at any gaze that happens graze the paper’s cover. The subtitle: “The historic date town reveal their new MP and change British politics forever.” Honestly, not a word of persuasion from Team Purple. The electricity of being part of a schism in UK politics that could alter the narrative forever is palpable. The people lining up at polling stations, many of whom hope to touch the page that could turn over a new chapter for this generation of voters.
What a far cry from Ukip’s ever first by-election two decades ago. None could have predicted what would be taking place today. It was 1994 and the party’s candidate was a raven-haired, fresh-faced 40-year-old commodity broker, with a big mouth and even bigger ideas.
"As I know from direct experience with constituents, the EAW denies basic rights, and imposes huge injustices on British citizens," writes Roger Helmer MEP, Head of UKIP Delegation in the EP
• On Oct 7th, I stood in for Nigel at the Conference of Presidents’ meeting in Brussels to interrogate Mr. Frans Timmermans, Commissioner-Designate as First Vice-President for Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights. (Honest. I’m not making this stuff up).
I had two one-minute slots. I used the first one to ask about the ECHR, and our inability to deport foreign criminals, terrorists, murderers and rapists. I was told we in the UK should not consider leaving the ECHR, because it would encourage and justify an illiberal stance by countries like Russia and Kazakhstan. My view is that it’s the job of British politicians to worry about the UK first, and Russia and Kazakhstan a poor second.
But for my second turn, I decided to ask a question on the vexed issue of the European Arrest Warrant:
The next time I write this column, we will have the results of two Parliamentary by-elections, both of which see Ukip as a front runner, writes UKIP Leader Nigel Farage in the Daily Express.
•Of course, a week is a tremendously long time in politics. It's been less than a week since we learned we would see a third by-election, driven by the defection of Mark Reckless to Ukip, who like Douglas Carswell before him, put principle before party and bravely chose to test his decision by public vote.
The core belief in direct democracy is the driving factor for both of these honourable MPs, who no longer feel that the mandate upon which they were elected by their constituents is being upheld by the Government and the party which they had once represented.
Ukip is of course the greatest champion of direct democracy and politics proper and fully support both men's noble decision to let the people be the boss.
The general public has become so conditioned to accepting a two-party political system, that Left and Right no longer represent different sets of beliefs, and neither party needs commit to seeing through promises made on election material.
Both parties have become so complacent due to the death of dependency on the voter, that they have been happy to exchange power between themselves and focus their energies on trying to gripe at and outsmart the other.
• In my political career I must have been to twenty or so political conferences, Conservative, and in recent years UKIP. After so many, it’s easy to get a bit cynical. But any cynicism was blown away by our 2014 Doncaster Conference which closed on Saturday.
I have simply never seen such a level of enthusiasm, involvement, commitment. Mostly at conferences I’ve got into the habit of avoiding the predictable and formulaic speeches in the main auditorium, and instead focusing on the trade stands and the fringe meetings, and simply networking. At the last few Tory Conferences I went to before I joined UKIP, I focused almost entirely on The Freedom Zone (run by TFA and Simon Richards) where real people had real debates — in contrast to the official programme.
In Doncaster, I found I wanted to be in the main auditorium (and was acutely disappointed when I found I had to miss Diane James’ presentation on Justice & Home Affairs to go and chair a Countryside Alliance fringe).