North West Region

Education report is ‘scary reading’

Education report is ‘scary reading’

Sep 24, 2014

A report showing that half of children are not ready for school at the age of five makes “scary” reading, said UKIP education spokesman Paul Nuttall. “A good basic education is essential for all our children and those who start behind are immediately at a disadvantage and often are never able to catch up,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “As North West MEP I’m particularly concerned that three of the sixth worst  results are from schools in my constituency. “This report by the University College London showing only 52% of children in England have reached ‘a good’ level of development when they start school is frankly scary and makes depressing reading. “It raises huge questions as to why this country is seemingly going backwards in terms of education rather than forwards and each day seems to throw up more damning statistics. “Without a well-educated work force we cannot compete in the global market and that is essential in this day and age. “It certainly throws up questions as to whether the government’s encouragement, bordering on insistence, that mums return to work as a matter of urgency, instead of devoting themselves to spending the early years of their children’s lives with them at home, is the right path to follow. “That was the norm 50 years ago and children learnt the basics at home and turned up at the school gates aged five ready for formal education. And virtually all left at 11 able to fluently read and write, which is no longer the case. “Apparently children from richer families are more likely to have a good level of development than those from poorer families so improving living standards and reducing deprivation could be seen as step in the right direction. “But this report has raised more questions than answers. It is an extremely serious issue which has profound effects for the children and the nation and those answers are needed urgently,” said Mr Nuttall. ends...

The future of the UK

The future of the UK

Sep 23, 2014

Dear Editor, The result of the Scottish independence referendum has opened up one big can of worms in the debate for the future of the United Kingdom. It has proved that our Westminster political elite have become so detached from the electorate that they almost caused the break-up of it, panicking themselves into pathetic action and promises when they belatedly woke up. My party has been the forerunner in advocating English MP’s voting on English matters, which has been talked down by the three other main parties until now. However, Labour will not agree because it will weaken there power base, as it would deny 41 of their Scottish MP’s from voting. UKIP believe in putting the interests of the Britain and British people first. A United Kingdom that is fair, democratic and prosperous,to the benefit of the people, not the politicians, unlike our rivals who have preferred to ignore those who voted for them. The Scottish referendum has acted as a wake up call to all of us who believe in the UK and our future, let us all work together to make it work. Yours faithfully   Philip Griffiths, North West President UKIP   ...

Heywood and Middleton Day of action

Heywood and Middleton Day of action

Sep 22, 2014

            UKIP activists filled the streets of Heywood and Middleton yesterday (21/09/2014) to support our candidate John Bickley. If you want to help, visit our campaign office which is at: 27, Market Place, Heywood OL10...

Scotland Decision welcomed

Scotland Decision welcomed

Sep 19, 2014

                Local MEP Paul Nuttall has described the “No” result in the Scottish referendum as a vote for common sense. “I am delighted that the Scots, renowned for their canniness, have voted to stay part of the United Kingdom, there is no doubt that we are much stronger together. “Now we must move forward and ensure that all parts of the country work together for everyone’s benefit. This referendum has stirred up feelings of antagonism in some quarters in Scotland and the issues raised need to be addressed. “But politicians must ensure that while seeking to tackle those issues they do not do at the expense of the rest of the...

2014 UKIP North West Conference announced

2014 UKIP North West Conference announced

Sep 19, 2014

Join the “People`s Army” on November 8th at the 2014 UKIP North West Conference Hear from Party Leader Nigel Farage MEP, Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP, Louise Bours MEP, Steven Woolfe MEP and a fantastic list of guest speakers (full details later) Venue: The Floral Hall The Promenade Southport Saturday 8th November Tickets only £15.00 each – including  entry into the raffle Leaders Lunch Enjoy a superb buffet lunch in the company of Nigel Farage MEP in the Maritime Suite at the Four Star Ramada Hotel next door to the Floral Hall. For only £15.00 each – including entry into the Leaders raffle Book your tickets for this great day on: 0151 375 9660 without...