North West Region

UKIP Candidate Lone Nominee in Cumbria Election

UKIP Candidate Lone Nominee in Cumbria Election

Mar 15, 2014

15 March 2014 Nominations closed on Friday at noon in the Dalton Town Council by-election with UKIP’s Andy Shepherd being the only nominee. Mr Shepherd will now be called to take his seat on the council being elected unopposed for the Dowdales Ward. The election was called in the wake of the resignation of former Dalton mayor and sitting Barrow Borough and Cumbria County Labour councillor, Barry Doughty. Mr Doughty claimed the town council had become “too political” . Councillor Barry Doughty is Cumbria County Council’s portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, the department tasked with proposing the fire service cuts which includes the closure of Dalton fire station. At a public meeting in January residents voiced their anger at the possible loss of the facility and were annoyed at the fact that Councillor Doughty failed to show up. The vacancy was set to go to co-option but UKIP Barrow and Furness ensured an election was called. The branch and their candidate were all ready to fight the campaign until Friday afternoon when the returning officer informed candidate Andy Shepherd of his victory. UKIP Barrow and Furness vice chairman Noel Matthews said “The fact that no party, especially Labour, put up a candidate is very telling. It tells us that the parties of Westminster, at a level of government which is  arguably the closest to ordinary people’s daily lives, are plainly disinterested. In this case, following revelations in the local newspaper that Labour councillors voted as a group in favour of cutting the Dalton appliance, we saw the clear problems with the whipping system. Party loyalty comes before the needs of the people and Labour are now extremely unpopular in Dalton. I congratulate Andy, who will serve the people of Dalton according to his judgement and conscience with no interference from his...

Barrow Jobs Boost Welcomed

Barrow Jobs Boost Welcomed

Mar 14, 2014

March 14, 2014 JOBS BOOST WELCOMED Local MEP Paul Nuttall has welcomed the announcement that more than £300m is to be invested in BAE Systems’ submarine shipyard in Barrow. “This is fantastic news for the area which will benefit enormously from this commitment in terms of jobs and the local economy. “Their is a great pool of shipbuilding skills in Barrow and this development will add to that centre of excellence,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “The decision on how to replace Trident has been postponed until after the General Election but it is vital that work on the next generation of nuclear-deterrent submarines goes ahead as soon as possible for the country’s sake as well as for the future of Barrow,” he...

Common Charger Plan Condemned

Common Charger Plan Condemned

Mar 14, 2014

March 13, 2014   COMMON CHARGER PLAN CONDEMNED The introduction by the EU of a common charger for mobile phones has been criticised by local MEP Paul Nuttall. “This is a backwards step because imposing a single charger stifles innovation, curbs research, and may impose extra costs on the consumer,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “The alternative and better action is to encourage diversity, competition and greater development. “The EU is hamstrung by the ideology of one-size-fits-all, be it economic policy, currency, fisheries policy and now even phone chargers.  “The UKIP alternative is to allow diversity to flourish and let the consumer, not the legislator or regulator decide.” The European Parliament in Strasbourg today passed the legislative report by Barbara Weiler MEP for a common...

Debates Challenge Snubbed

Debates Challenge Snubbed

Mar 12, 2014

March 12, 2014 PRESS RELEASE  DEBATES CHALLENGE SNUBBED UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall has snubbed attempts by Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies to hang onto his coat tails for publicity. The Euro-MP, who like Mr Nuttall represents the North West, has invited him to a series of local debates over the EU ahead to the Euro-elections in May. But Mr Nuttall has responded by telling him, “I am amused by your tactics but frankly do not take them seriously. “As my party’s deputy leader, my schedule is already packed with the many people wanting to hear the UKIP message and I do not propose to give you a free ride on the back of UKIP’s popularity. “It was a very nice try though! “Of course, I will debate with you and other candidates in the normal way at hustings etc. and I am very happy to debate with your deputy leader, Simon Hughes on an appropriate national platform,” Mr Nuttall told...

Clegg Desperation Clear

Clegg Desperation Clear

Mar 12, 2014

Dear Editor, Deputy PM Nick Clegg’s claims that the Lib-Dems are the true defenders of British values and his attack on UKIP are sure signs of his desperation as we head towards May’s Euro- elections and his TV debate with UKIP Leader, Nigel Farage. This is the man, along with his party, who prefers our country to be ruled by the European Union, where more than 75% of our laws now come from. He wants more integration, and wanted us to ditch the pound and join the euro. His claim that we need to be in the EU in order to influence it is nonsense. The Lib- Dems have been in favour of every federalist advance over the last thirty years! By contrast, UKIP was formed not only to defend British values, and our way of life, but to regain our sovereignty that previous governments surrendered to Brussels. We want our country back, governed from Westminster, not Brussels, for the benefit of and the future of Britain. Unlike Messrs Clegg, Miliband, or Cameron who deny us a referendum and prefer us to remain subservient to the federalist EU. Yours faithfully,   Philip Griffiths, North West...