North West Region

Deporting Foreign Criminals

Deporting Foreign Criminals

Jan 27, 2014

January 23, 2014 PRESS RELEASE DEPORTING FOREIGN CRIMINALS Government boasts that the deportation of foreign criminals has reached an all time high, have been rubbished by one of the region’s Euro MPs. UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall, dismissed claims from the Prime Minister that he was getting tough on foreign criminals as ‘at best mistaken, at worst deliberately misleading.’ He said: “Both Cameron and Police Minister Damien Green used their mates in the national media to boast that the UK have deported 1000 foreign criminals in the last 18 months. “What they don’t tell you is that the Met Police estimate that 74,000 foreign nationals were arrested just in London last year. “What they are also conveniently forgetting to tell you is that we can’t deport foreign criminals without the agreement of the European Court of Human Rights, who time after time overturn rulings from UK judges. “They may be talking tough, but that’s only because they now have to deliver,” said Mr Nuttall, the party’s Deputy...

Lancashire CC Council Tax Hike For A Degraded Service

Lancashire CC Council Tax Hike For A Degraded Service

Jan 27, 2014

Jan 20 Dear Editor, I am bitterly disappointed that Lancashire County Council have opted for a proposed 1.99% council tax hike the forthcoming year. After four years of council tax freezes, local residents are still coming to terms with the year-on-year, inflation busting hikes that preceded it and which plunged households into poverty. With the announcement last week that 2,500 jobs are in line to disappear whilst another 13,000 county council employees will be offered redundancy before April 2016, it seems that residents are being asked to pay more into the coffers for a degraded service. Perhaps with a budget of over £21 million last year for the Office of the Chief Executive (which overran by 2.3%), perhaps the council could tackle its budgetary shortfall by slashing waste from the very top of the authority before it punishes local taxpayers. Yours faithfully Paul...

Plastic Waste Day A Waste

Plastic Waste Day A Waste

Jan 20, 2014

January 20, 2014 PLASTIC WASTE DAY A WASTE EU moves to create the world’s first Plastic Waste Day have been criticised by local prospective MEP Louise Bours. “They are fiddling again while Rome’s burning. There are massive economic problems on the continent and yet the bureaucrats keep on dreaming up such money wasting schemes,” said Louise Bours, UKIP candidate. The plan, which will include a litter pick-up across the member states, is part of a drive to raise awareness about plastic bags. “We all know that disposal of plastic bags is a problem and bio-degradable bags are needed. “But inaugurating an annual Day, which inevitably will involve cost – and the EU is always lavish with taxpayers cash – is crazy,” said Cllr Bours. “Do they really think that people will rush onto the streets and start clearing up plastic rubbish? And that this will lead to a sea change in people’s wasteful ways? “Official figures show that Europe has already spent £167million on 300 waste and recycling initiatives since 1992. And now they’ve dreamt up this vanity project to waste yet more money. “All it really does is highlight the absurdity of the whole EU edifice, which is crumbling around their...

Fracking Debate Needed

Fracking Debate Needed

Jan 17, 2014

Dear Editor, Although no sites as yet have been identified in Bolton for potential fracking activity I do strongly believe that the council should keep its ears open and listen to the potential financial benefits on offer to authorities that could allow companies such as Total or Cuadrilla to drill for shale gas. I for one am all for shale gas exploration as it has the potential to bring untold benefits to local residents through cheaper energy bills and a more financially secure local council. Bolton council could find themselves in the position where they could actually lower council tax for its residents thanks to any windfall from fracking companies whilst opportunities for job creation from potential sites could see youth unemployment figures plummet. I am also aware however, that there is a sizeable and vocal opposition to fracking, not just here in Bolton but across England and it is right that their views are heard. Perhaps it is time we had an open, honest debate about it and, once a site has been identified, we put it to a binding local referendum.. Yours faithfully   Paul...

Business Conference

Business Conference

Jan 17, 2014

BUSINESS CONFERENCE UKIP leader Nigel Farage, MEP is to be a guest speaker at a special business conference in Blackburn next month. The country’s most charismatic political party leader will be heading the bill at the event at the Mercure Hotel on Friday, January 24 giving local people a rare opportunity to speak to him. Also speaking will be the party’s deputy leader and local MEP Paul Nuttall, Amjad Bashir, UKIP’s spokesman on small and medium sized business and Cheshire Cllr Stuart Hutton. Admittance to the event, which is open to all, is by ticket, priced at £10 and available from the UKIP Chorley branch. Registration  is at 2pm. Those wishing to attend should email ukipsouthribble@gmail.com to arrange tickets. The venue is the Mercure Blackburn, Blackburn Road, Clayton Le Moors, Lancashire, BB5...