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UKIP PCC Candidate interviewed

Posted by on May 4, 2016

PCC UKIP Candidate James Barker speaks ahead of election day...

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Brussels rules threaten Vaping

Posted by on May 24, 2016

Dear Editor, All over the country the burning question at the moment is whether or not we should stay in the EU. Obviously I have not a shadow of doubt that we should leave and the evidence continues to mount to back up the Leave campaign complemented by the increasingly unbelievable rhetoric from George Osborne et al. Meanwhile the meddling in our lives by Brussels continues with the Tobacco Products Directive which governs the sale and production of e-cigarettes and which has now been implemented by the UK.  This legislation restricts product choice and advertising of vaping devices and is likely to force some smaller British e-cigarette manufacturers to close down with the consequent loss of jobs. I am pleased that Lord Callanan has filed a motion in the House of Lords calling for the laws to be scrapped and a supporting petition is gaining momentum. The motion calls for David Cameron ‘to use his influence in Brussels’ to get an opt-out before the referendum. Unfortunately when it comes to Brussels he’s like the boy on the beach getting sand kicked...

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Anger at EU housing demands

Posted by on May 20, 2016

May 20 2016  PRESS RELEASE   ‘DAMNED CHEEK’ OF EU COMMISSION HOUSING DEMANDS The European Commission has been accused of “damned cheek” over their demands that Britain builds more homes to cope with the shortage caused by EU immigrants. The Commission’s order that the UK takes “further steps to boost housing supply” is contained in a report into Britain’s housing market. “What damned cheek, don’t they see the irony of this?” said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall. “It is our membership of the EU leading to uncontrolled immigration that has been a major contributory factor to the housing shortage in this country, not to mention unsustainable pressure on education and health services “We have long maintained that the UK cannot cope with such a huge influx of immigrants but politicians just put their heads in the sand while the whole character of the country has been changed irrevocably,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP. “Yes, we have a housing shortage and we need to stop hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving on our shores every year and making that worse. “On...

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Border System failure

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015

Borderless Britain destined to get worse The National Audit Office says cost of beleaguered ‘e-borders’ anti-terror project will spiral to at least £1.1 billion amid concern over unstable security computer systems in a report out today. The IT system designed to stop terrorists and criminals getting into Britain is breaking down twice a week amid a £1 billion fiasco at the Home Office. The project is supposed to count every traveller in and out of Britain – begun under Labour in 2003 – has already cost £830 million and further fixes will cost another £275 million. UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said: “Last year UKIP spoke up about the urgency needed to rectify the appalling mess that the Home Office has made of the IT systems that help secure our country’s borders. Even in the last year of the last parliament Theresa May and David Cameron were content to blame the previous Government which commissioned the border control IT system. By all accounts the Coalition government started to change the specification for this installation when it realised that it had created...

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Brussels rules threaten Vaping

Brussels rules threaten Vaping

May 24, 2016

Dear Editor, All over the country the burning question at the moment is whether or not we should stay in the EU. Obviously I have not a shadow of doubt that we should leave and the evidence continues to mount to back up the Leave campaign complemented by the increasingly unbelievable rhetoric from George Osborne et al. Meanwhile the meddling in our lives by Brussels continues with the Tobacco Products Directive which governs the sale and production of e-cigarettes and which has now been implemented by the UK.  This legislation restricts product choice and advertising of vaping devices and is likely to force some smaller British e-cigarette manufacturers to close down with the consequent loss of jobs. I am pleased that Lord Callanan has filed a motion in the House of Lords calling for the laws to be scrapped and a supporting petition is gaining momentum. The motion calls for David Cameron ‘to use his influence in Brussels’ to get an opt-out before the referendum. Unfortunately when it comes to Brussels he’s like the boy on the beach getting sand kicked in his eyes. Evidence shows that vaping has enabled many people to quit smoking which is far more injurious to health but what does the EU care? If they can find something to control regardless of its merits they will. The only answer is to vote Leave on June 23. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall, UKIP North West MEP and deputy party...

Anger at EU housing demands

Anger at EU housing demands

May 20, 2016

May 20 2016  PRESS RELEASE   ‘DAMNED CHEEK’ OF EU COMMISSION HOUSING DEMANDS The European Commission has been accused of “damned cheek” over their demands that Britain builds more homes to cope with the shortage caused by EU immigrants. The Commission’s order that the UK takes “further steps to boost housing supply” is contained in a report into Britain’s housing market. “What damned cheek, don’t they see the irony of this?” said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall. “It is our membership of the EU leading to uncontrolled immigration that has been a major contributory factor to the housing shortage in this country, not to mention unsustainable pressure on education and health services “We have long maintained that the UK cannot cope with such a huge influx of immigrants but politicians just put their heads in the sand while the whole character of the country has been changed irrevocably,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP. “Yes, we have a housing shortage and we need to stop hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving on our shores every year and making that worse. “On June 23 voters have the golden opportunity to say we’ve had more than enough of the EU telling us how to live our lives and regain control of our borders and laws. ...

Local Newspapers under threat

Local Newspapers under threat

May 18, 2016

Dear Editor, Local newspapers are taken for granted by many readers – but they should be revered, particularly as sadly many are under threat and many others have gone. This is Local Newspaper Week and it is important to highlight the fantastic role that these publications play in community life. It is increasingly difficult for them with reduced staffing levels and having to fence with highly paid press officers employed by councils, emergency services and hospital trusts to put a favourable gloss on everything. And with local authorities using a cabinet system the so called transparency they preach can be anything but. However, determined journalists always seek after the truth on behalf of the communities they serve and that should never be forgotten. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall...

HS2 – the EU link?

HS2 – the EU link?

May 16, 2016

Dear Editor, While the focus has been on the remarks made by Boris Johnson that the EU wants to be a superstate – about which he is absolutely right – people should be aware that HS2 is a part of the overall plan. Sold to us as saving time and connecting to the “Northern Powerhouse”, it is actually part of the Trans-European Communication Network. This has been championed by Jaques Delors – who also championed the euro – and is designed to connect all of the major cities in the (fully integrated) EU within the maximum speed. Apart from the devastation to the countryside, peoples’ lives and businesses, it is already running into the buffers with spiralling costs that will be nine times more per mile than the French TVG high-speed lines. The costs have rocketed from £20 billion to an estimated £55.7 billion and is likely to considerably higher by the time of its completion – if that ever happens. This project was never fit for purpose, the costs that the taxpayers will fund along with the disruption that will be caused are outrageous, and will benefit no-one. It is time that this EU-inspired scheme designed for a fully integrated union was derailed once and for all. This is a further reason to vote to leave the EU.   Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

E-cig decision slammed

E-cig decision slammed

May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016 PRESS RELEASE  Comments re EU Court of Justice judgement on Totally Wicked’s challenge to tobacco directive UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall described the court’s ruling as a “travesty of justice.” “Electronic cigarettes are a safer option for smokers but this ridiculous judgement may well mean that some vapers will go back to tobacco, which is plainly not to be encouraged. “Millions of British consumers are using them and they could save hundreds of thousands of lives but no longer due to the EU’s knuckled headed intransigence. “Totally Wicked, which is based in Blackburn in my North West constituency, has long had my backing and I had a meeting with them offering my support. “They were courageous enough to challenge the EU Tobacco Products Directive and though they have now lost that fight I am sure the battle by the industry to have electronic cigarettes proportionately regulated will continue,” said Mr Nuttall, MEP. “Meanwhile the court has banned menthol cigarettes on some spurious grounds that they make smoking more attractive. What the hell has happened to freedom of choice? People know that smoking is a dangerous habit and I don’t for a second believe that having menthol cigarettes on the shelves is encouraging smoking,” he added. ends For further information on the judgment: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2016-05/cp160048en.pdf   For further information on the Independent British Vape Trade Association: www.ibvta.org.uk Notes to Editor: For further information on Totally Wicked’s legal challenge, please visit – http://article20legalchallenge.com/...

Leave the EU or lose the NHS

Leave the EU or lose the NHS

May 4, 2016

Leave the EU or lose the NHS says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours Published May 03, 2016 Leaks detailing the hidden parts of the proposed controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union prove quitting the EU is the only way to save the NHS in its current form, says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours.   Hundreds of papers released online confirm fears that TTIP talks between Brussels and Washington will lead to the health service being privatised or dismantled. The documents, obtained by Greenpeace Netherlands, include a US proposal to have a committee with representatives from Washington and Brussels to meet each year “to review state-owned enterprises and monopolies” which would include the NHS. “This goes exactly against what UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been assuring us”, said Ms Bours, MEP for the North West. She said: “This leak proves beyond doubt that if we don’t say goodbye to the EU, we will have to say goodbye to the NHS. “This committee has been requested by the American investors, who will meet with EU officials once a year to decide the fate of our NHS. “Anyone that doesn’t want to see our NHS being run for profit, by company directors from a country where it is easier to get shot than to get healthcare, needs to vote to leave the EU. “Anyone still undecided needs to ask if they prefer the EU or the NHS, because it is clearer now than ever, that we cannot have both.” Follow Louise on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LouiseBoursUKIP...

UKIP PCC Candidate interviewed

UKIP PCC Candidate interviewed

May 4, 2016

PCC UKIP Candidate James Barker speaks ahead of election day...

EU army plan revealed

EU army plan revealed

May 3, 2016

Dear Editor, Plans for a European Army are relentlessly marching ahead – just as we have long predicted and despite denials by mainstream British politicians. Former EU Commission President Romano Prodi has already admitted it is in the pipeline and now we learn that Germany is pushing for such an army to encompass all 28 member states with a joint headquarters and shared military planning. Apparently Germany had wanted to keep the proposals secret until after the EU referendum, well they would wouldn’t they? Germany is desperate to keep the UK in the grasp of the European Union as they know that if we leave other member states may well follow our example and their beloved EU project will collapse around their ears. Those in this country in the Remain camp deny losing our sovereignty but giving up the right to defend ourselves is just a further erosion of that. The writing for the future of the UK as an independent nation is not just on the wall it is writ in ominous blue and yellow.  Anyone who truly cares for this country and future generations must stand up and be counted by voting for Brexit next month. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall MEP...