North West Region

Time to wash our hands of the EU

Time to wash our hands of the EU

Nov 25, 2014

The UK must wash its hands of the meddling EU – and a crazy new directive from Brussels shows why, said MEP Paul Nuttall today. If the Personal Protective Equipment Directive gets approval next week both washing up gloves and oven gloves will soar in price, hitting both businesses and individuals. The proposals mean that washing up gloves will have to be certified to handle detergents and oven gloves will have to undergo tests to prove they can cope with temperatures of 200C. “This is just madness but perfectly demonstrates why we should wash our hands of the EU and make rules for ourselves, which would be driven by common sense not dreamt up by over-paid bureaucrats,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “There are many pressing problems in the world that do need resolving but these items are not among them. “An official impact assessment shows that they will rise in price by up to 20pc and this at a time when businesses and householders are having to count every penny. “The people these pen pushers seek to protect from burning their fingers have far more wisdom and sense and do not need this molly coddling. Both items come in various thicknesses, quality and price and people can already use their judgement as to which one they want. The Directive states that ‘personal health and safety are fundamental rights and people expect and require a high level of protection at work, home and at leisure.’ “I find it ironic that in their blinkered rush to protect people from injury they may increase that risk. If the items go up in cost householders may well do without and risk developing dermatitis from the washing up liquid or burns from just using a tea towel. “And if it goes ahead the products already on the market will have to be ditched and the shelves restocked with ones to meet the new standards, obviously incurring loss for manufacturers and retailers. “We need less not more regulation and the only way to achieve that is not by the re-negotiation that the government feebly talks about but by freeing ourselves from the shackles of the EU,” said Mr...

Northwest Conference hailed as success

Northwest Conference hailed as success

Nov 24, 2014

Northwest President Phil Griffiths said about the conference that: “I have receive many positive comments about the conference and I believe it was a tremendous success. It is unfortunate that Nigel could not attend in person but we thank him for his video message. Nigel could not attend because it was a vital time in the Rochester by-election campaign – his decision proved to be the correct one; as Mark Reckless was elected as our second MP last night. He will now join Douglas Carswell and our UKIP peers who are working hard for us at Westminster. Nigel’s absence did not unduly diminish proceedings, as a large number of the party’s best speakers gave excellent speeches – proving once and for all that we are not a ‘one man band’. Finally, I’d like to thank the volunteers and activists who contributed their time and made it such a success. We are planning an even bigger conference March 2015 – watch this space for details!”             MEP for the North West and the party’s migration and financial affairs spokesman Steven Woolfe commented: “This year’s regional conference was, as always a great and morale boosting day for the dedicated activists of the North West. I am in no doubt, that without the help and support from all of the UKIP branches in our region, I would not be a UKIP MEP today. With over 500 people in attendance, it shows how far UKIP has grown and matured in the past two years. Our region is growing and becoming stronger each year and we are on the right path to good things next year. If we keep up this momentum, I am sure we can send back North West UKIP Members of Parliament next...

EU acting like an aggressive colonialist

EU acting like an aggressive colonialist

Nov 14, 2014

• European Parliament, Brussels, 13 November 2014 • Steven Woolfe MEP, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group |...

Labour lies about UKIP

Labour lies about UKIP

Nov 13, 2014

Labour’s endless lies about UKIP and the NHS are a sign of their total desperation, is the message from UKIP’s health spokesman, in response to Andy Burnham’s recent allegations that the anti-EU party want to privatise the NHS. Louise Bours MEP, UKIP’s health chief said: “Not only is it a downright lie to say we want to privatise the NHS, it is also the height of hypocrisy coming from the party responsible for giving £10bn of NHS money a year to profit making investors. “They are lying because they are desperate, they have been unmasked as being as disinterested in working people as the Tories, and real people are dropping them by the truck load. “Just today we hear that Milliband is the most unpopular Labour leader in history, even among his own supporters. “What Labour don’t seem to understand is that policies develop and change over time, and the comments he is relying on to lie to the public are two years old. “I’m baffled as to why he doesn’t understand that policies can change, since his own party have changed so many of their own. “Last year they reversed their child benefit policy, a year ago they were calling it racist to reduce immigration, in the last couple of months they have reversed their policy of not wanting to renegotiation with the EU. “I welcome these changes, if they are genuine, and that is what politics is about – developing policies as circumstances and public opinion changes. “That is called democracy, no wonder Labour don’t recognise it.” For more about Louise Bours see her website:...

Rowan William’s comments slammed

The former Arch Bishop of Canterbury’s comments that primary school teachers should be able to wear full-face veils is a completely misplaced attempt at political correctness, and he should be the one hiding his face, says UKIP’s Deputy Leader. The charge follows an announcement earlier this week from Dr Rowan Williams, that primary school teachers should be allowed to wear full face veils when teaching young children. In an interview with the religious think-tank Theos published earlier this week, Lord Williams said anxieties about primary school teachers wearing the full-face veil in class were “largely misplaced” and claimed “there are other ways to ‘read’ what people are saying.” But only yesterday, one of Britain’s leading Islamic scholars, Dr Sheikh Hojjat Ramzy blew apart Williams’ view and countered that he does not want teachers to wear veils. The educationalist and former Chair of the Muslim Council of Britain’s Education Committee said: “The education of the students is paramount, and children of primary school age need to see the teachers’ facial expressions in the learning process. “As a picture paints a thousand words, facial expressions convey meanings that cannot otherwise be expressed in speech. “I have spoken to many teachers in Islamic schools who wear the niqab outside of school but remove it in the classroom to enable ease of communication with the children, and I have met none who object to doing this.” UKIP’s Education spokesman and Deputy leader of the party, Paul Nuttall said: “How can young children in their vital first years of school get as much from a teacher whose face they can’t see as one that they can? It just isn’t going to happen. “As so often happens, it is a white middle-class trying to be politically correct and getting it completely wrong. “It’s the ‘I know best’ attitude of the PC brigade yet again, and he clearly hasn’t actually asked the muslim community what they think, since it has been shown they are against the idea. “Williams is trying to show he is being inclusive, but when you actually ask the muslim community, they are taking the sensible approach and showing that the education of their children takes priority on...