North West Region

Paternity Plans Slammed

Paternity Plans Slammed

Nov 30, 2013

November 29, 2013 PATERNITY PLANS SLAMMED Proposals by Nick Clegg to alter parental leave rules have been described as “unworkable” by local MEP Paul Nuttall. The Deputy Prime Minister believes the current system allowing a father to only take two weeks paternity leave is ‘old fashioned’ and proposes parents share 52 weeks leave. “This idea could only come from a completely out of touch politician who has never worked in the real world. The government should be helping businesses flourish, not add to the miles of red tape that is strangling them,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “This proposal will harm businesses, particularly smaller ones and will prove unworkable. “And it hardly ties in with the recently announced plans to encourage breast feeding with vouchers. New mums can hardly breast-feed – as everyone knows is best – if they’ve gone back to work after a fortnight leaving dad in charge. “It may not suit this government and their pursuit of the equality agenda but men and women are inherently different. Fathers can be fantastic house husbands but the reality is that caring for babies comes much more instinctively to women. “Of course they should go back to work as soon as they want but most women want to stay with their new baby and Clegg’s proposals will cause terrible uncertainty and expense for business,” he...

Public Health Put At Risk

Public Health Put At Risk

Nov 30, 2013

November 28, 2013 Public Health Put At Risk  Local Euro-MP Paul Nuttall has described the move for plain packaging for cigarettes as “dangerous for consumers”. “This will ‘open the flood gates’ for counterfeit cigarettes to submerge the market,” he explained. His comments follow David Cameron ordering a re-think about introducing plain packing in the face of losing a vote in the House of Lords on the issue “Once again, the Tories are having to perform a u-turn because the upper chamber have rubbished their previous decision. “On Thursday Health Minister Jane Ellison tried to say this is about public health, but she has been forced to admit that plain packaging will make it much easier for cheap, counterfeit cigarettes to flood our pubs and playgrounds. “The dealers will not be paying tobacco tax, so they will be affordable to more people, including kids with pocket money, and that’s particularly dangerous as the black-market products will bypass all current regulations, so goodness only knows what will be in them.” “In June Cameron made out he wanted to take-on the big tobacco companies, on behalf of the public, but there was no evidence that plain packaging would work. “In fact the opposite is true and the big businesses have said they would welcome plain packaging, as it will prevent new competition entering the market,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “This is not about the government fighting for public health, it’s about Cameron fighting for his political career, against a House of Lords that was going to defeat him. “This is a cost free way of looking like they’re doing something. If he was serious about stopping young people from smoking, they would spend some money prosecuting shops that sell to school children. “I can see why Cameron wants plain fag packets though, he needs something to write future government policy...

MP Expenses Fiddle Caused By “Boredom”

MP Expenses Fiddle Caused By “Boredom”

Nov 29, 2013

Dear Editor, According to John Bercow, Speaker of the House, MP’s fiddled their expenses because they were bored and Parliament has become so ineffective. Being bored should not lead to fiddling expenses or anything else, however, it proves the point that the reason Parliament is now ineffective, is because we have surrendered our sovereignty to the European Union. It is time that we reclaimed our sovereignty from the Brussels and returned power to Westminster, making our 650 plus MP’s do the job they were elected to do and are being paid to do, otherwise this farce is set to continue. Yours faithfully   Philip Griffiths, North West...

EU Immigration Puts Warrington Jobs At Risk

EU Immigration Puts Warrington Jobs At Risk

Nov 29, 2013

Dear Editor, Whilst I welcome the news that youth unemployment in Warrington has fallen from a high of 6.1% of 16-18 year olds in March 2012 to only 3.9% last month, I must warn that in January, the doors to our job markets will swing wide open to some 28.5 million EU citizens from Bulgaria and Romania. Independent think tank Migration Watch UK have estimated that as many as 50,000 Bulgarians and Romanians will come to the UK every year for the next five years. There is no denying that this will put considerable pressure on the local job market here in Warrington. It is utter madness to open the doors to cheap labour when there are still many of our own young people unable to get work in even a low paid, unskilled job. It is about time we say enough is enough! Yours faithfully   Paul...

Cameron Restrictions Under Fire

Cameron Restrictions Under Fire

Nov 28, 2013

November 27, 2013 CAMERON RESTRICTIONS UNDER FIRE North West MEP Paul Nuttall has pointed out that David Cameron’s proposed restrictions on EU migrants “don’t amount to a hill of beans.” “Migrants will still be entitled to out of work benefits after just three months and frankly these proposals just aren’t nearly good enough. And this at a time when we have such high youth unemployment. “The reality is someone can come here from Romania or Bulgaria on January 1 and within 12 weeks be entitled to unemployment benefits,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “We face a potential deluge of unskilled people from those countries and the measures Cameron has come up with don’t amount to a hill of beans. The public are not as stupid as he seems to think and it just won’t do. “And the PM’s suggestion that the free movement of people across the EU could not be unqualified and he would seek more discretion over migration policy is also kidology. “As for the suggestion that the government will deport homeless migrants, that seems highly unlikely considering that currently fewer than one in sixty tip-offs on migrants who are here illegally lead to deportation. “Only UKIP’s stance of leaving the EU, restoring full border controls and choosing who enters the UK before they get here is the sensible way forward,” he...