North West Region

No Votes for Prisoners

No Votes for Prisoners

Dec 19, 2013

December 18, 2013 NO VOTES FOR PRISONERS Proposals by a government committee to give voting rights to prisoners in the final six months of their sentence have been greeted with anger by local MEP Paul Nuttall. “This is outrageous and would mean that murderers, terrorists and paedophiles would have the right to vote while behind bars. “It is also nonsense that those jailed for less than 12 months should also be able to vote. “I believe that the blanket ban should remain in place – as do the majority of the general public,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “The committee has come up with this saying it is the only acceptable course of action if Britain wants to appease the European Court of Human Rights and to avoid setting a bad example on human rights to the rest of the world. “Quite frankly we should not even be contemplating appeasing the Strasbourg court, our own Parliament should decide who can and cannot vote in this country. “We must stand up to this Mickey Mouse court and we must withdraw from the EU as a matter of urgency,” he...

China Aid Slammed

China Aid Slammed

Dec 19, 2013

CHINA AID SLAMMED   UK aid being handed to China has been slammed by local MEP Paul Nuttall.     “This superpower has just sent a rocket to the moon and yet we’re sending them aid. I just find it unbelievable. It’s our government that needs a rocket up it.     “People here are struggling to make ends meet and yet we hand over £11.2 billion in foreign aid to countries including £27.4 million last year to China,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.     “This was supposed to have been axed but it appears from information from the Department of International Development that is not the case. China has £2 trillion reserves so they are hardly struggling.     “Would there be any connection, I wonder, with David Cameron’s recent visit to China and his determination to foster trade with them and encourage...

Cuadrilla Fracking Decision Disappointing

Cuadrilla Fracking Decision Disappointing

Dec 19, 2013

Dear Editor, Whilst I am glad that Cuadrilla have said that they will continue to seek out new sites for potential fracking across Lancashire, I am disappointed at their announcement this week that they are to cease drilling at its Preese Hall site in Weeton. As Ed Milliband is all too quick to point out at the dispatch box, we are all facing a cost of living crisis and energy bills are one of the biggest culprits. His pledge to freeze energy bills for 20 months will provide nothing more than a temporary reprieve from rising fuel poverty. Only by embracing new, affordable sources of energy will we finally see long term heating bills come down. If we continue to scare off leading firms such as Cuadrilla, we in the North West may soon find ourselves left out entirely from the shale gas revolution that, according to a Government commissioned report, could create 32,000 jobs and generate up to a fifth of our gas demands. With a promise of an initial £100,000 payment plus a 1% share in shale revenues for affected authorities, Lancashire County Council and town councils should be welcoming Cuadrilla with open arms, especially at a time when funding from central government is cut back and public services are being withdrawn. Yours faithfully   Paul...

Bad Move for Bootle Post Office

Bad Move for Bootle Post Office

Dec 18, 2013

Dec 17 Dear Editor, As someone who has campaigned vigorously against post office closures in my home town of Bootle, I am bitterly disappointed in the decision taken last week that will see the Crown Post Office on Hargreaves Street closed and relocated to the WHSmith in Burnley’s Charter Walk Centre in the Spring. Whilst I am glad that a post office in some form will remain in the town I, like Councillor Julie Cooper, hold many reservations as to what it will mean to services, especially if customers will have to wait up to five times longer to be served than at the previous site. I am also cautious as to how long WHSmith intends of keeping the post office within their premises. What if, further down the line, the retailer decides to pull out of the deal, forcing the post office to look for a new property? We could end up with no postal services in the town centre whatsoever and that will be bad for residents and businesses that rely on it. Yours faithfully   Paul...

New Polls Show UKIP RIse

New Polls Show UKIP RIse

Dec 17, 2013

December 17, 2013 NEW POLL SHOWS UKIP RISE Results of a poll released today show that almost four times the number of voters would vote UKIP in the Crewe and Nantwich constituency than three years ago. Figures released by Survation reveal that 11% would vote UKIP as opposed to just 3% in 2010. Commenting on the results Steven Woolfe,  North West MEP candidate for the party, said , “The figures will be a further blow to the Conservatives in this marginal seat and show how UKIP is on the up and up. “The poll, which covered three other constituencies, also puts paid to the lie that UKIP just takes votes from the Conservatives – we are taking votes from all parties. Almost 70% of UKIP voters did not vote for the Tories in 2010. In Crewe and Nantwich the poll shows that the Conservatives are down by 13% to 33%, Labour up by 12% and Lib Dems down by 9% to just 6%. “These statistics show that what will lose the Conservatives the election is the Conservatives themselves, not UKIP, ” said Mr Woolfe. “The combined figures for UKIP and the Tories would still not be enough to catch Labour who are polling 46%. “The increase in the Labour vote is bigger than the decline in the Tory support with the decrease in the Lib Dem vote also bigger than the increase in the UKIP vote. “49% of those polled support UKIP because of our policies, well above the average for supporters of other parties. If there were no UKIP candidate, 38% of those supporting UKIP would not vote at all....