North West Region

Scare Tactics Campaign

July 26 SCARE TACTICS CAMPAIGN A ‘behind the scenes’ propaganda campaign against moves for Britain to withdraw from the EU has been highlighted by MEP Paul Nuttall. “There is a lot of money being devoted to this highly organised campaign and I have no doubt that even more will be thrown at it as next year’s Euro-elections approach. “Euro-scepticism has never been so great so it is understandable that vested interests are running very scared,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP Deputy Leader. ‘Business For New Europe’ has been set up by a group of businessmen and retired bureaucrats to fight a public and private campaign to keep Britain in the EU. “They know that sooner or later we will be given the in-out referendum we deserve and want and interestingly this campaign coincides with figures confirming what UKIP has always said that we would be better off out,” said Mr Nuttall, Euro-MP for the North West. “New statistics show that Britain attracted more investment from overseas than any other EU country last year. The number of foreign investment projects rose by 11 per cent to 1,559, according to a report by UK Trade and Investment. “This group are not just lobbying in this country and raising millions of pounds but also lobbying leaders of other nations and they will use whatever scare tactics they can to frighten and mislead. “UKIP put our membership of the EU on the political agenda in the first place and the establishment of this we new group demonstrates that we are winning the argument,” said Mr...

Travellers Contempt in Lancashire Village

July 26 Dear Editor, As the MEP for the North West region, an area that covers the beautiful Lancashire village of Hardhorn, I was saddened to hear that the lives of local residents have been blighted by a large group of lawless travellers who have nothing but contempt for their hosts. The field on which they have concreted over, installed water and power supplies and moved 30 caravans and trucks, has been transformed beyond all recognition, all presumably without the need of approval from the local planning office. Bear in mind that if some taxpaying resident who has lived in the village all his life chose to extend the garage of his own home by a few metres without telling the council, the authorities would be on him like a shot and order for the work to be reversed. Once again, we are letting rate paying local residents down and selling them down the river so as not to offend the sensitivities of a small section of the travelling community who have very swiftly pleaded at the Court of Appeal that their human rights are being violated. I would like to know, what specific ‘Human Rights’ are the local Fylde Council guilty of breaching? I cannot think of one. I fear however that the longer this drags out, the more likely this tiny Lancashire village will become the next Dale Farm, from which, if you recall, took over 10 years for the travellers to be removed. In recent years, the coalition government have made inroads (albeit very slowly) into criminalising squatters who break into and live in residential properties but perhaps it is high time that travellers who illegally camp and blight entire settled communities come under the same level of prosecution. The ‘Human Rights’ of local residents must not be ignored. Yours faithfully   Paul...

An Open Letter To Len McCluskey from UKIP

July 25, 2013 OPEN LETTER TO LEN MCCLUSKEY FROM UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall, UKIP Deputy Leader, has written to Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, calling on him to treat his members with fairness and decency and open the union’s political fund out beyond the confines of the Labour party. The letter: I read with interest the recent poll of Unite’s members by Lord Ashcroft, who found that 12% of your membership would individually choose to join the Labour Party (if contributions to the political fund were no longer attributed automatically). In the same survey we noticed that 12% also happens to be the percentage of Unite members who would vote UKIP. Given that there is such significant support for UKIP within the union we expect that (in the interests of transparency, equality and the democratic process in general) Unite will be adding UKIP to the list of political parties that your members are invited to donate to via the political fund. In the spirit of comradeship we write to confirm our consent for you to add UKIP to the list of mainstream parties to which Unite members can direct their political donations via the political fund. We look forward to such parity, and to the deepening friendship between UKIP and the labour movement that it will foster.  In contrast to the Labour Party, UKIP is already “a party that offers real hope, that stands up for the poor and vulnerable, that puts growth at the heart of its agenda, that confronts privilege… [and will give the electorate] a real and vivid choice as to the future of our country, not one that leaves the electorate indifferent.” Unfortunately, unless you knowingly become a full member of UKIP in your own right, we can’t offer you any influence over our choice of candidates but at least you’ll know that UKIP will actually protect the wages and livelihoods of the working class of the United Kingdom, rather than swamping the labour market with immigrants prepared to work for less than the minimum...

EU Trust in Decline – Survey

July 25, 2013 New survey of public opinion shows increasing breakdown in trust in the EU. A poll commissioned by the EU shows that support for and trust in the EU is falling month by month, said local MEP Paul Nuttall today. “As the Euro-fuelled financial crisis becomes a social crisis of unemployment and hopelessness, mistrust in the EU is growing. 68% of people in the UK today ‘tend not to trust the EU’, which is 8% more than the average figure,” he said. The European Commission’s latest Eurobarometer survey released this week shows 60% of respondents saying they ‘tend not to trust’ the EU, an increase of 3% compared with the previous survey. This figure included 83% of Cypriots, 80% of Greeks, 75% of Spaniards and 71% of Portuguese. Citizens also expressed concern over the political workings of the 28-nation bloc, with 67 per cent disagreeing with the statement, “my voice counts in the European Union”, viewing the EU as remote from their everyday lives. One in two people feel “the worst is still to come” for the job crisis in the European Union and only 36 per cent of people surveyed thought the job crisis had reached its peak, while 55 per cent saw further turmoil ahead. “David Cameron has his work cut out for him as he tries to convince to British electorate to stay in the European Union,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “UKIP are doing everything possible to convince to people that we are better off outside the EU, the graveyard of...

Bentley Crewe Plant Welcome

July 23 Dear Editor I am absolutely thrilled that Bentley have chosen Crewe ahead of a plant in Bratislava to build a new luxury SUV that will see an investment of £800 million and the creation of 1,000 desperately needed new jobs. This is yet another vote of confidence in the now booming UK car manufacturing sector in the North West with the nearby Jaguar Land Rover plant in Merseyside announcing increased production and job creation and the Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port being saved from the axe. Our car manufacturing sector is thankfully in a much healthier state than it was just a few years ago with more cars coming off the production line than in recent years though the manufacturing sector on the whole is still very much in a vulnerable position. Not until we see rolling stock firms returning to Crewe and investing in local jobs as Bentley have done will we actually start to see the economic fortunes of the town finally turn around and the jobless rate begin to fall. Yours faithfully   Paul...