North West Region

Parliamentary candidate announced

Parliamentary candidate announced

Jul 29, 2014

UKIP has announced that Richard Lee has been selected as their prospective parliamentary candidate for Crewe and Nantwich. Cllr Lee is a 49-year-old businessman and is a senior figure in UKIP in the North West.  He is currently the County Chairman of UKIP Cheshire, as well as Branch Chairman of Crewe and Nantwich. ‘”These are exciting times to be part of the fastest growing political party in the UK, and it is a real honour to be selected as one of the party’s prospective parliamentary candidates. “UKIP has recently enjoyed fantastic success in winning the European elections and Crewe and Nantwich was a real ‘hot spot’ for UKIP when it came to electing our three North West MEP’s. “It is my intention over the next ten months to build on that success and make UKIP a real and credible choice for the electorate on the 7th May next year,” he said....

Miliband’s public engagement plans criticised

Miliband’s public engagement plans criticised

Jul 29, 2014

The Labour Leader’s recent ideas for improving engagement with the public show just how much he has turned his back on the people of the North West, says UKIP’s deputy leader, Paul Nuttall.  The North West Euro-MP was responding to Ed Miliband’s comment that Parliament should introduce a regular question and answer session for the public.  Mr Milliband said there needed to be a session ‘where regularly the Prime Minster submits himself or herself to questioning from members of the public in the Palace of Westminster on Wednesdays.’  Unimpressed by the suggestions, Paul Nuttall said: “If Milliband is serious about engaging with the public, he should start listening to the voice of the people and offer the EU referendum they want.  “He should also be suggesting changes to the archaic electoral system that currently means those voters who do not live in swing seats – about three-quarters of the population – effectively have no meaningful vote. “It’s meaningless to offer a public question time session, when the real problems with political engagement run much deeper than the fact that Prime Minister’s Questions is full of spin and devoid of substance.” The Labour leader’s proposals would see public sessions being held at Westminster either once a week or once a fortnight.  Mr Nuttall added: ‘”t’s absolutely typical of Miliband’s London-centric Labour party that they have once again turned their back on the North West, their former heartland.  “I don’t imagine they have considered for a minute that residents of the region will not be able to spare the time or money on a trip to London, just to get a spun answer by a career politician.” ends...

Preston Council plan to raise Palestinian flag over Town Hall

Preston Council plan to raise Palestinian flag over Town Hall

Jul 27, 2014

Recently, Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council announced plans to raise the Palestinian flag over Preston town hall. Mr Rankin has stated:  – “I am appalled at the Israeli assault on Gaza and also at the response of our government.  As Leader of Preston City Council, I am pleased to be able to demonstrate our sympathy with the Palestinians through raising their flag over the town hall.  We are also exploring other ways in which we can help and support Gaza.” These plans have raised concerns from North-West MEP Paul Nuttall: “Mr Rankin seems to have forgotten that he is a local politician, and he is supposed to be doing everything he can to improve the lives of the people of Preston. “This is a very divisive issue with many divided opinions. While it is perfectly acceptable for him to hold a personal opinion, he should not be making statements like this, on behalf of the people of Preston. I would be equally concerned if he hoisted the Israeli flag. “Until every pothole is filled, every crack in the pavement repaired, every child has a place in the school of their choice and every elderly person is receiving the help they need at home, Mr Rankin’s eyes should not be drifting any further than junction 32 of the M6,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy UKIP leader. ends...

Grammar Schools the answer

Grammar Schools the answer

Jul 24, 2014

PRESS RELEASE The government has been accused of being “pig-headed” over proposals to prioritise poor children for school places. “There is a perfectly straightforward and fair answer to this problem – and that is creating grammar schools,” said local MEP Paul Nuttall. “The tories must know that is the sensible solution rather than discriminating against pupils from middle class families but they are being pig-headed about it. “There should be a level playing field – not that there are many left – for all school children so that they all get the same opportunities to maximise their talents. “The 11 plus exam means that the academically gifted go forward to grammar schools, with the 13 plus for late developers. The brightest are those who are likely to go on to top jobs and be the wealth creators that our economy needs. “But that shouldn’t for a minute mean that those who fail the exam are written off. “All schools must strive for excellence and for those not academically minded must receive the skills and training they need to succeed in life,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. The proposal, which will go out to consultation, would apply to children subject to the pupil premium. This is a subsidy system which gives schools an extra annual payment of £1,300 for each primary pupil and £935 for each secondary pupil who receives free school meals. The cash is designed to help schools with poor pupils put in greater resources. Free schools and academies can currently discriminate in favour of children on free school meals, but other state schools, including grammar schools, must apply to the Department for Education for permission. Rules currently do not permit them to give priority based on their parents’ financial status. The exemption would allow them to give preference to those eligible for the early years pupil premium, the pupil premium and the service premium. ends...

Computer problems at the Home Office

Computer problems at the Home Office

Jul 23, 2014

Dear Editor, Yet again we are informed of another colossal waste of taxpayers money on a computer system, this time it is the Home Office. The “Immigration Case Work” system was to be a “flagship IT programme” and was commissioned just six years ago in 2010 at a cost of £350million, now it has been abandoned and they are using the older system that regularly freezes. The system was designed to “improve quality and accuracy in casework decisions” but has clearly failed in its expectations. Just what is it that goes wrong with government sector IT systems and why is it that we never hear of anyone taking responsibility, let alone being disciplined or resigning, or for that matter those who supplied the products being taken to task. A £209million replacement system will not be ready until 2016/7 but how do we know it will work ? In the meantime immigration remains in a mess. It is time that this kind of fiasco ends and those responsible pay the price, not the taxpayer. Yours faithfully   Philip Griffiths, North West President...