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EU Will Track Your Driving Warns Local MEP

EU Will Track Your Driving Warns Local MEP

May 17, 2014

May 15, 2014 EU WILL TRACK YOUR DRIVING, WARNS LOCAL MEP All new cars are to be fitted with tracking devices under new EU rules, warns local MEP Paul Nuttall. Since the EU passed plans to fit new cars with a tracking device that works along the lines of a mobile phone, the UK government has admitted it cannot do anything to stop British drivers having to comply. The EU claim the devices can be set to send out an SOS to the emergency services should the car’s airbag be deployed, potentially saving 2,500 lives a year across the continent. “This is an absolute disgrace,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “There is no evidence this will save lives. In the UK the emergency services don’t seem to have problems finding accident scenes, so this is a complete smokescreen for more sinister surveillance.  “It is a very convenient step toward being able to charge drivers per mile, and cement car driving as a luxury only the well-off can enjoy. “Manufactures will want to recoup the extra cost of fitting these devices and may well offer to sell the tracking data to insurance companies.“ Some car manufacturers, including BMW and Volvo, already include similar devices in their latest models, but these can be switched off. An SOS button near the dashboard, linked to a SIM card, allows drivers to call 999 quickly. And if airbags are deployed it automatically sends a text message to emergency services with the car’s location – as well as its unique vehicle ID number. Voluntary take-up has been low across the industry so the EU ruled all new car models must include the devices from October 1, 2015. Motorists will be unable to switch it off and it will be tested in MoT checks. Mr Nuttall added, “To make matters worse, this comes just a few weeks after a consultation into a proposed 60mph speed limit on a section of the M1 to meet EU air quality rules showed that over 90% of people are against it.  “The government are hiding the results and have decided to delay a final decision until after the elections, although they were hoping to...

Cost-Cutting Behind NICE Advice

Cost-Cutting Behind NICE Advice

May 14, 2014

Dear Editor, Whilst I welcome a the suggestion by NICE that expectant mothers should be given more choice as to whether to opt for a home birth led by experienced midwives, I do suspect that this is driven by a desire to cut costs, not to extend care. In most circumstances, mothers expecting their second child after a healthy first pregnancy, are less likely to run into complications during labour and some do opt for home births. A home birth offers many women more comfort and privacy than hospital wards and midwives are on hand to delivery necessary pain relief and care. However, many women would still prefer the reassurance of giving birth in hospital where they know doctors are on hand if an emergency was to arise. With 15 in every 100 births requiring an emergency caesarean, a procedure that cannot be performed by a midwife at home, it is clear to see why most mothers give birth in a hospital ward. At the end of the day, so long as there is no significant risk to the unborn child, mothers should be free to choose where they give birth. I do worry however that following these recommendations by NICE, we could see mothers being coerced into a home birth on the grounds that it is cheaper, when a hospital birth is preferred. Home birth should be a choice by expectant mothers, not a means of cutting hospital costs. Yours faithfully Paul...

Low Energy Light Bulbs Warning

Low Energy Light Bulbs Warning

May 14, 2014

May 13, 2014 PRESS RELEASE LOW ENERGY LIGHT BULBS WARNING One of the region’s Euro-MPs is calling for the ditching of low energy lightbulbs after experts warn they can cause blindness and skin cancer. Under EU regulations it is illegal for people in the UK to buy traditional lightbulbs, a rule the British government is powerless to overturn.  But recently medical experts have admitted that prior to the ban taking effect they stocked up on a lifetime’s supply of the bulbs, over health fears that the new EU approved bulbs can seriously damage health. Professor Marshall, an eye expert and university professor, is concerned by recent scientific evidence that shows that light rays from the new style bulbs (known as CFLs) are particularly damaging to human eyes and skin. UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall said, “In the same way ultraviolet rays in sunlight can cause premature aging in our skin if we get sunburnt, there is a similar situation in the eye.  “You shed skin every five days, but your retina is with you for life. “These bulbs produce high peaks of ultra violet light, and are very dangerous.” A second professor has added to the concerns by warning of the bulbs’ use in reading lamps. Professor John Hawk, the retired head of the photobiology unit at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College, London, warns, “There is good evidence that the CFLs that have been foisted upon us emit radiation sufficient to cause damage to the skin if used close by for long enough.” He says the risk is particularly high if the bulb is a metre or less from your body, which is common as people use them in reading lamps. Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader, added, “This is yet another example of ill-thought-out legislation made by the EU before they have got all the facts. “They are so desperate to justify their high salaries they will push through law after law and not stop to consider the available evidence and the health consequences of those they are supposed to work for. “These concerns have been raised before, but as always, the EU ignores the experts because the findings don’t fit their agenda...

Cameron Shows True Colours

Cameron Shows True Colours

May 14, 2014

Dear Editor, On the Andrew Marr TV show on Sunday, PM David Cameron once and for all showed his true colours with regard to open door immigration with his admittance that the free movement of labour within the EU was an ‘important’ right following his year on year failure to control our borders. At the last General Election, during the leaders debates, Mr Cameron proudly announced that as Prime Minister, his government would bring net migration down from the ‘hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands’. He has comprehensively failed, with net migration hitting 212,000 in the year to September 2013. Figures showing that the number of Romanians and Bulgarians now in the UK having reached 200,000, equivalent to a city the size of York, clearly demonstrates that the right to freedom of movement within the EU is to blame. Migration experts at Oxford University have already suggested that immigration from Romania and Bulgaria is up 25% on last year. David Cameron has postured and played politics on immigration by clamping down on highly skilled workers from fast paced, emerging economies such as Brazil and India whilst we continue to have an open door with nearly 450 million EU citizens. These promised negotiations with the EU are doomed to fail as freedom of movement is enshrined in the treaties and would need the approval of all 28 member states. The question I must ask therefore is, why bother with negotiation? Why wait until 2017? David Cameron promised us a referendum back in 2009. Perhaps now, whilst the coalition has no further business before the General Election he should legislate for the referendum now. Yours faithfully Paul...

Hands Off Our Greenbelt and Allotments

Hands Off Our Greenbelt and Allotments

May 14, 2014

  HANDS OFF OUR GREENBELT AND ALLOTMENTS Fears that local Greenbelt land and allotments face being sold off for housing development has led local MEP Paul Nuttall to call for candidates in next week’s elections to pledge to stand-up to developers. The call comes as councils face increasing pressure to find land suitable for house building and developers prefer to build on greenbelt or allotments which is cheaper than re-developing previously built on land. Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities last month backed a council decision elsewhere in the country to sell a 118 year-old plot of public allotments to a private developer for building 700 houses. Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader said, “I understand the pressure councils are facing due to the demand for new housing under EU rules and immigration, but they should take a much firmer stand with developers. They should insist they re-develop derelict land first. “UKIP councillors are prepared to protect greenbelt and allotments and I’d like to hear the same commitment from candidates from the other parties hoping to be elected next week.” Currently there is legislation designed to protect allotments from development, but local councils can apply to the government for an exemption. Mr Nuttall added, “The government promised to halt the decline in allotments, and yet they have only rejected two applications by councils to sell them for development. “One excuse was that to not use the allotment land would affect the developers’ profits! Over the years allotment sites, particularly urban ones, have been hacked away slowly but surely, and it has to stop. “Following a 18,000 name petition Eric Pickles has now said that allotments are safe with him but I’m far from convinced on the evidence so far. “The government is keen for everyone to get fit and eat healthily and there is no better way to combine both but by having an allotment. Every allotment site has a lengthy waiting list and councils should be opening more not considering sacrificing them. “We need councillors to be heading these applications off at the first stage of the planning process, but so far I have not heard any reassurance from non-UKIP candidates that...