North West Region

UKIP Public Meeting in Heywood

UKIP Public Meeting in Heywood

Jan 27, 2014

UKIP PUBLIC MEETING A public meeting is to be held by UKIP in Heywood next month. The party’s deputy leader, Paul Nuttall, will be the guest speaker at the event, which will address the subject of “Why vote UKIP?” Mr Nuttall, a regular guest on national television and radio programmes including BBC’s “Question Time” is UKIP’s MEP for the North West. “I am delighted to have been invited to speak at this meeting and I anticipate that there will be a great turn out because more and more people realise that we are the party of common sense,” said Mr Nuttall. “People are fed up with the other three main parties and realise we are the only party offering the opportunity for real change. Our membership is rising at a fast rate and contrary to public perception we are not just attracting disgruntled Tories but also former Labour and LibDem supporters. “Sadly many people don’t bother to vote at all as they have become so disillusioned with politics but increasingly they are giving their vote to UKIP. “This meeting will give people the opportunity to learn more about our party  and have any questions answered,” said Mr Nuttall. “As well as the Euro-elections in May there are also council elections up and down the country taking place at the same time up and I have no doubt that we will do well,” he added. The meeting, which is free to attend, begins at 2 pm on Saturday afternoon February 15 at Heywoods Sports Village, Starkey Street, Heywood, OL10...

Gates Right To Criticise Cameron

Gates Right To Criticise Cameron

Jan 27, 2014

Dear Editor, PM David Cameron has been criticised by former US defence secretary Robert Gates, for the savage cuts that his coalition government made to our Armed Services, saying the UK would no longer have the full “spectrum capabilities”, and he’s right. Ninety percent of the UK’s imports and exports are carried by ships, we have global interests, commitments and dependencies, and shipping is both vital and requires protection. The world is becoming more dangerous by the day and yet since gaining power the Conservative-led coalition government, through their clueless cuts, have seriously weakened our defences. They literally scrapped the Nimrod maritime aircraft, even before it flew, wasting at least £3.5 billion, scrapped our aircraft carriers, sold off the Harrier jump-jets and have sacked thousands of servicemen and women, with thousands still to go. Cameron stated that “we are still a first class player”. Our brave servicemen a women certainly are. He and his government are clearly not. Yours faithfully   Philip Griffiths, North West...

Mersey Toll Slammed

Mersey Toll Slammed

Jan 27, 2014

Dear Editor, There is no escaping the fact that the £2 toll for the use of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge for Warrington residents travelling to Halton hospital and the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre in Runcorn is a tax in ill health. I object to the presence of tolls on any of our roads, primarily because they penalise motorists who already pay over the odds on their road tax and fuel duty. However I understand that the Government has insisted that the new Gateway Bridge is tolled but other communities such as those in Halton have been able to secure discounts and concessions. I would like to see these concessions extended to all Warrington motorists. If tolls are indeed set to stay come 2017 then one way we can make it fairer for those visiting the hospitals would be for the toll fee to be deducted from the already extortionate cost of parking. This would avoid the double penalty that drivers would inevitably have to face when the bridge is operating. Yours faithfully   Philip Griffiths, North West...

Human Rights Act Trumps Common Sense Again

Human Rights Act Trumps Common Sense Again

Jan 27, 2014

Dear Editor, The relaxation of strict anti-terror controls on an Islamist fanatic, who trained with five other suspects in the Lake District, on the basis that his human rights are being infringed, is nothing short of shocking. This terror suspect is ‘determined’ to carry out a deadly Mumbai-style attack here in the UK and clearly has no regard for civilian life. For the sake of public safety, the suspect, known only as ‘CD’ should continue to be under strict terror controls. Suspect ‘CD’ is known to have trained at terror camps in Syria whilst others have trained in Somalia and Pakistan. Sadly, terror suspects have been able to carry out their acts because MI5 are no longer able to fully monitor those who are deemed at risk. With these restrictions lifted, the total cost for MI5 and the police to monitor suspect ‘CD’ and his five accomplices is expected to be to the tune of £20 million a year. Once again, the Human Rights Act is getting in the way of common sense. Suspect ‘CD’ has been granted lifelong anonymity, whilst those wrongly convicted of lesser crimes face lengthy procedures to clear their name. Perhaps without the protection of the Human Rights Act, which is nothing more than a criminal’s charter, the well-being of the public at large would take precedence over the rights of terror suspects who use the Lake District as their base. Yours faithfully   Paul...

Identify Tax Dodging Councillors – Nuttall

Identify Tax Dodging Councillors – Nuttall

Jan 27, 2014

Dear Editor, It is an absolute disgrace that two elected councillors, one Conservative and one Labour,  have been granted anonymity after it was found out they were guilty of not paying council tax for over two years. Councillors are responsible for setting the level of council tax and ultimately deciding how it will be spent. The vast majority of residents pay their council tax in full in the belief that their local councillor is paying his fair share. Whilst the typical resident may not be particularly bothered about the identity of a council tax dodger on their street, I believe that in the case of elected public servants, naming and shaming is in the public interest. I am sure that both local party associations would also like to know the identities of those concerned so they can go through the process of deselecting them for future elections. Yours faithfully   Paul...