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Bournemouth conference speech

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Paul Nuttall MEP speaking at the UKIP National Conference in Bournemouth on September 16, 2016.   Follow Paul on...

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Letters

Good luck to local farmers

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

Dear Editor, I would like to wish the Gill family the very best of luck as they begin selling raw milk from their cows directly from the farm in an effort to stay in business. Whilst not wishing to wade into the argument about whether unpasteurised milk is suitable or safe – that should be a matter for the consumer – the direction the Gill family are taking their business highlights a very real concern facing dairy farmers up and down the country. Over the past 20 years or so, dairy farmers have been squeezed by an oversupply of cheap milk from Europe, meanwhile aggressive practices from big supermarket chains such as Tesco have been instrumental in forcing milk prices below the cost to produce it. Farmers who are able to sell their milk directly to consumers represents a win-win for the industry and the general public. Since 1996, we have lost 600,000 cows whilst the number of registered dairy producers has fallen by 61%.  This is unsustainable in the long term and therefore I would like to see innovative farmers...

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Runcorn Bridge protest

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016

PRESS RELEASE June 13,  2016  RUNCORN BRIDGE PROTEST UKIP activists staged a tolls protest at Runcorn Bridge today. (Mon) The party’s deputy leader and North West MEP Paul Nuttall was among those taking part in the high profile event which was very well received by passing motorists. It was staged to highlight the “iniquitous tax” to be levied on both the old bridge and the new Mersey Gateway bridge, said Mr Nuttall. “The proposed £2 toll will be a stealth tax on jobs and business and it will put up the cost of living. Businesses using the bridges will inevitably pass on the cost to customers and people commuting to work will also be hit in the pocket. “UKIP has long been waging a battle against tolls on tunnels and bridges throughout the country. We have held protests at the Runcorn Bridge on previous occasions, most recently in April, where the response for motorists was virtually 100% in support of us, as it always is when we hold similar demonstrations at the Wallasey tunnel,” said Mr Nuttall. “The Runcorn bridge crossings will...

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Liverpool EU debate

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016

Last night UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall took part in a debate with Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson – you can listen to it here: ...

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Good luck to local farmers

Good luck to local farmers

Sep 23, 2016

Dear Editor, I would like to wish the Gill family the very best of luck as they begin selling raw milk from their cows directly from the farm in an effort to stay in business. Whilst not wishing to wade into the argument about whether unpasteurised milk is suitable or safe – that should be a matter for the consumer – the direction the Gill family are taking their business highlights a very real concern facing dairy farmers up and down the country. Over the past 20 years or so, dairy farmers have been squeezed by an oversupply of cheap milk from Europe, meanwhile aggressive practices from big supermarket chains such as Tesco have been instrumental in forcing milk prices below the cost to produce it. Farmers who are able to sell their milk directly to consumers represents a win-win for the industry and the general public. Since 1996, we have lost 600,000 cows whilst the number of registered dairy producers has fallen by 61%.  This is unsustainable in the long term and therefore I would like to see innovative farmers such as the Gills take back control of their livelihood and be given even more freedom to sell directly to the consumer. Yours faithfully, Paul Nuttall, Burnley UKIP...

Bring back weekly collections

Bring back weekly collections

Sep 23, 2016

Dear Editor, As a long-standing advocate of regular, weekly bin collections for household waste, I warned back in 2008 that a move to fortnightly collections would result in an increase in fly-tipping. What I could not foresee however, was that Liverpool was to become a dumping ground for illegal waste from other local authorities, courtesy of unscrupulous gangs looking to profit from rubbish build-up.  With the council already spending £1 million on a clear up operation of the waste and with the prospect of more councils moving to three or even four weekly waste collections, this could be just the tip of the iceberg. Liverpool Council should, as a first step, look to reintroduce regular weekly collections. However I would also call on Mayor Joe Anderson to use his supposed influence to lobby neighbouring councils to follow suit. Yours sincerely Paul Nuttall...

Bournemouth conference speech

Bournemouth conference speech

Sep 20, 2016

Paul Nuttall MEP speaking at the UKIP National Conference in Bournemouth on September 16, 2016.   Follow Paul on...

Boundary change concerns

Boundary change concerns

Sep 20, 2016

Dear Editor. I fully understand the genuine concerns facing residents in Wirral who now face rather drastic changes to Westminster boundaries and the loss of one MP following the recent boundary review. Voters naturally get accustomed to existing seats, especially when they reflect geographical or demographic realities and there will always be an argument that tinkering with boundaries accounts for nothing more than so-called ‘gerrymandering’ by whichever party implements any changes. Whether we change the boundaries or leave them as they are, it will make not one iota of difference in ensuring that voters are fairly represented. We will still end up in a situation where most voters live in safe seats that hardly, if ever, change hands meaning that MPs can take your vote for granted. Only by introducing an element of proportional representation like they have for the assemblies in Wales and London for example will voters be fairly represented by a variety of MPs from different parties and holding different views. Yours sincerely Paul Nuttall...

Brexit negotiator wrong man for job

Brexit negotiator wrong man for job

Sep 13, 2016

European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator is no friend of Britain – Paul Nuttall MEP • European Parliament, Strasbourg, 12 September 2016 • Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group –@paulnuttallukip • Motion for a Resolution: Proposal by Belgian MEP Sander Loones on behalf of the ECR group for a debate about how the EU will prepare negotiations once Article 50 of the EU treaties invoked by Member...

The future of UKIP

The future of UKIP

Sep 9, 2016

We are in the process of voting for a new party leader and on the 16th September we will know who our new leader will be, then we can get on with our future. We have a very positive role to play in  shaping the political future of our country, in last year’s General Election nearly 4 million people voted for UKIP, more than the Lib Dems and the SNP had put together.  We have strong representation in the Welsh Assembly as well as hundreds of councillors across the country, we now need to get our candidates voted into parliament.  And a fantastic opportunity awaits us in the form of the disarray within the Labour Party caused by the infiltration by the far-left and encouraged by Jeremy Corbyn. With the current opposition party in such a state we have been handed a golden opportunity and that is to take on Labour. The country needs a strong and firm opposition party and that is a roll the UKIP can fulfil and let us remember that it was thanks to all in UKIP that the Government gave us an “IN/OUT” referendum which we won.  Thanks to Nigel Farage, our MEPs, the membership of the party and cross-party support we, despite the “Project Fear” from the then Government, the establishment institutions as well as the so called “experts” persuaded 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU and we won the argument. We now have to ensure that Teresa May and her Government fulfil the wishes of the the electorate who voted to leave, without any watering down of the terms on how we leave the EU. People voted to leave in order to regain control of our country as an independent nation, to make our own laws, control immigration and our borders, deciding who enters the country. There are many influential “ Remainers” both in the Conservative and in the other political parties who will try anything to stop or delay “Brexit”. It will be our job to ensure that does not happen and we will therefore scrutinise the progress and hold them to account where necessary. To ensure the future of our country as well as UKIP success, it is essential that the membership  fully support the next leader...

Illiberal Democrats?

Illiberal Democrats?

Sep 2, 2016

Dear Editor, What is it about Lib Dem Tim Farron that he clearly does not understand the result of the EU “In/Out” referendum, in which the majority – 17.4 million people – voted to leave, despite the “Project Fear” campaign from the establishment, which included him. In his latest rant, delivered to the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) in Manchester, he has suggested that the UK has become a laughing stock abroad since the vote to leave the EU and that “malevolent forces” were seeking to hijack the result for their own political agenda. Far from what was predicted, foreign investment is pouring into Britain with companies from around the world who are backing a record 2,213 British projects. The CBI states that the growth in business and consumer services is higher than normal, which confirms that all of the scaremongering tactics were unfounded. Tim Farron also went on to suggest that those who headed the Leave campaign are not representative of Britain. This puts him clearly at odds with democracy and is an insult against the electorate who voted to leave the EU. Doomsayers like Mr Farron will always find something to whinge about when they lose the argument and become an irrelevant spent force. Britain has a very bright future outside the EU when we finally leave it, time for people like Mr Farron to accept it and move on!   Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

EU funding myth debunked

EU funding myth debunked

Sep 1, 2016

Dear Editor. Before anyone who is upset with the result of the recent EU referendum points out that European Social Fund money has contributed to the recent awarding of £10.6 million grant to the Golden Gates Housing Trust, let me take this opportunity to debunk any so-called EU funding to Cheshire and Warrington. Over the past decade or so, you will not have failed to see, either here or elsewhere in the North West, big signs urging us to be thankful for ‘EU’ money going towards one project or another. However it has been nothing but a ruse. In the 2007-2013 period, Cheshire contributed a whopping £535 million into the EU coffers whilst it only received a measly £150 million back in structural and development funding. For every £1 Cheshire received from the EU, the county effectively had already paid in £3.58. If we had voted to ‘Remain’, Cheshire’s contributions would have gone up and its grants would have fallen as poorer countries join the EU.  Now that the dust has settled on the referendum result, it is high time that we remove the EU flag and banish any notion that the EU has been using anything but our own money to fund local projects. Yours sincerely Paul Nuttall...