North West Region

Government Immigration failure

Government Immigration failure

Feb 26, 2015

David Cameron has permitted an extra 1.1 Million people to settle in the UK since 2010 ONS Immigration figures released this morning are “absolutely staggering” according to Steven Woolfe MEP, the UKIP Migration spokesman. “The Government should be ashamed of its abject failure to keep control of the constantly rising numbers of those arriving here”, he said. “This Government’s policy is fatally holed beneath the water line and is sinking fast. “The figures show that 624,000 people arrived here in the past year alone. To put that into perspective that is equivalent to the populations of both Liverpool and Aberdeen combined. “More significantly perhaps is the fact that the net migration figure was just under 300,000 people. “This is a 42% increase on the year on year figures from last year. That’s a city the size of Hull settling here in the last 12 months. “No Government can rationally plan to build the services required to cope with these numbers. The schools, the hospitals, the houses, the roads cannot be provided at such a speed, the capital costs required are huge and burden on the taxpayer will be even more strained. “The Government has planned for failure by deceiving themselves and the country that they could keep these figures down to their infamous idea of “tens of thousands”. “During the course of this parliament, the Government has seen more than a million incomers settle permanently in the UK. “According to the ONS there have been a “statistical significant” increase under every matrix they use including net long term migration, overall immigration, family reunions, national insurance numbers registered, and those coming here for employment and study. Mr Woolfe continued, “Migration is one of the top concerns going into this election and it is clear that UKIP is the only party trusted to deal with it. “We will set a cap on the number of people permitted to work and reside in the UK by introducing a fairer, and more transparent points based system ensuring we get the skilled immigrants we need and in numbers that the economy can...

Paul Nuttall on Greece Euro crisis

Paul Nuttall on Greece Euro crisis

Feb 26, 2015

The 300 must stand firm for Greece and Democracy – UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP   • European Parliament, Brussels, 25 February 2015 • Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group – @paulnuttallukip • Debate: Report of the informal meeting of Heads of State or Government (12 February 2015) European Council and Commission statements [2014/2942(RSP)] Transcript: I want to start the speech by quoting the Chairman of the EuroGroup Jeroen Dijssebloem who only two days ago said “you are mistaken if you think democracy is where one election result can change the way we work in the eurozone.” Indeed, Mr. Junker, you’re on record saying that “there can be no democratic choice against the European Union’s treaties.” Well that tells us all we really need to know, doesn’t it, about what the euro-fanatics think of democracy. And isn’t it ironic that you are destroying democracy in its very cradle – Greece? You have allowed Greece to enter a currency that it should never have been in. You have removed a democratically elected Prime Minister when he offered his country a way out through a referendum. You have imposed austerity that has taken the people of Greece to the brink. Yet you still shackle this great country with economic chains. To you I say: sovereignty and democracy in Greece are not yours to take. The Greeks have suffered enough. The battle lines are clear: It is the forces of democracy in Greece against the undemocratic forces of the European Union. To the Greek Parliament, I ask will the 300 stand firm? And to the people of Greece, I say be courageous and protect your birth right. You are the creators of democracy and now you must save it. Invoke the courage and spirit of your forefathers. Do not buckle, do not falter, do not give in. You are the defenders of democracy now, you are the nation of Homer, Plato and Aristotle, and if you stand your ground you will prevail and you will be a beacon of hope to us...

E-cigarette fostering shock

E-cigarette fostering shock

Feb 25, 2015

Confusion over e-cigarette guidance for adoptive and foster parents needs urgent clarification, said local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall today. “In my view the guidance should consistently say that loving couples anxious to provide a home for a child should not be prevented because of vaping. “In the wake of a Staffordshire couple being barred from adopting after the would-be father was seen smoking an e-cigarette it has emerged that different councils have varying approaches. “These I believe include Warrington Borough Council and Bury Council who state they will not place under-fives with e-cigarette users. “Many of the councils that take this stance cite the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), which recommends ‘users of e-cigarettes be considered smokers’ until concerns about the devices are cleared up. “They have concerns that e-cigarettes ‘may act as a “gateway” for children and young people to start smoking.’ “However Public Health England has found there was ‘no data’ supporting the claim and that it was ‘rare’ even for teens to experiment with e-cigarettes. And they have also recently stated that the health risks of passive exposure to electronic cigarette vapour are… ‘likely to be extremely low.’ “It seems to me that the stance of the BAAF and the councils following their guidance needs urgently reviewing. Particularly as other councils follow alternative guidance from the Fostering Network, which says that people ‘should not be prevented from fostering or applying because of e-cigarettes use’,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “There are 69,000 children in care in this country in need of foster homes or adoptive parents and it seems that their chances are being hindered by  politically correct social workers and conflicting guidance. “They need to concentrate on the priorities of these children seeking a family life instead of looking for reasons not to provide it,” he added. ends...

On Faith Schools

On Faith Schools

Feb 25, 2015

EU SHOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH FAITH SCHOOLS’ TEACHERS The EU should keep its interfering nose out of faith schools in the UK, said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall. His comments follow the disclosure that Christian schools in this country are under investigation by the European Commission for allegedly ‘discriminating’ against non-religious teachers. “They are poking their nose where it is not wanted – again – and this time because the British Humanist Association, which should also butt out, raised a complaint. The Commission is set to investigate whether the schools breach equality laws when expressing a preference for religious staff.  “This could potentially result in schools with a Christian ethos being forced to stop giving preference to religious staff when recruiting. This should be a matter for the schools and no one else,” said Mr Nuttall, the party’s Education spokesman. Government guidance gives voluntary-aided faith schools, which are part-funded by religious organisations, the freedom to apply ‘religious criteria when recruiting or dismissing any member of their teaching staff’. EU rules state that a school must be able to prove a ‘genuine occupational requirement’ in order to discriminate in favour of a religious candidate. “This investigation will also include other faith schools including Muslim and Jewish ones and I feel just as strongly that they should not have the EU interfering in their decisions,” said  Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West. “The BHA is hell bent on secularising every aspect of this country’s life and in doing so show themselves to be completely intolerant of people’s religious views,” he added. ends...

Immigration rise concerns

Immigration rise concerns

Feb 25, 2015

The number of Bulgarians and Romanians now working in UK is almost the same as the entire population of Wigan urban area. This was highlighted by the region’s UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall in response to the the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics showing that Bulgarian and Romanian population in the country now stands at 172,000. That is 22,000 more than the same period in 2013. “Romania and Bulgaria acquired the right to export their unemployed and others to Britain scarcely more than a year ago. Already, the numbers almost equal the population of the Wigan urban area, which includes Skelmersdale and Standish. “This scale of immigration highlights yet again, but with renewed urgency, the disaster the Labour and Tory consensus on open borders represents for those of our own trying to secure decent wages and their first foot on the career ladder. “Instead of unfettered EU freedom of movement rules the UK should be able to manage migration and we would introduce an Australian-style points-based system selecting according to our needs, ” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy party leader. ends...