North West Region

Motorists show support for bridge protest

Motorists show support for bridge protest

Apr 24, 2015

MOTORISTS SHOW SUPPORT FOR BRIDGE PROTEST A “Ban the Tolls’ protest staged at at Runcorn Bridge today (Fri) received great support from passing motorists. The activists on both sides of the bridge spent about two hours holding aloft banners and placards and drivers signalled their support with loud honking, waving and thumbs up signs. The protest, organised by the local Runcorn branch, was held because of  proposed tolls being introduced when the new Mersey Gateway bridge opens. Phil Busow, chairman of UKIP Runcorn, “This is not the first time we have staged a protest on the bridge and it was plain that motorists feel as strongly about this issue as we do. He explained,“ We are totally against the proposed £2 one way toll which will be a huge burden on both business and individuals. “We have been assured that residents living in the Halton borough area will be exempt. But they will have to pay a registration fee for each vehicle they own, and whatever figure is initially charged it will doubtless steadily rise each year. “UKIP is totally against tolls on any bridge or tunnel and the party has staged numerous protests about this since 2002 all over the country, including the Mersey tunnel. “The new and old Runcorn crossings will have the same electronic technology as used to collect the London congestion charge which will catch thousands of motorists out and a windfall tax for the local authority by way of fines. “It is wrong in principle that motorists should have to pay to use a stretch of road, it is nothing more than a stealth tax. We all pay our road tax and these crossings should all be considered as part of the national road network and be toll free,” said Mr Busow. Local MEP Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader said, “Modern day motorists are fleeced by ANPR cameras and electronic tolling systems rather than by a man wearing a mask and brandishing pistols, but make no mistake – it is still highway robbery.” ends...

Another ‘Cast Iron guarantee’ Mr Cameron?

Another ‘Cast Iron guarantee’ Mr Cameron?

Apr 24, 2015

Another ‘Cast Iron guarantee’ Mr Cameron? “Cameron’s latest plea on immigration is the most disingenuous yet from a rattled Tory leader. With UKIP’s poll ratings back on the rise and the election only two weeks away to claim that the Tories can be trusted on immigration after 5 years of abject failure is taking the electorate for fools, and they are not fools” said Steven Woolfe MEP the UKIP Migration Spokesman. “Instead of the 10’s of thousands that Cameron promised to restrict net immigration to we have seen over half a million net in the past two years alone, 210,000 in 2013, 298,000 in 2014. “Cameron has failed and failed again, and yet he has the brass neck to think that people will believe him that he has a grip. The only thing he has a hold onto is the fantasy that he can do anything significant to control our borders. “What is worse, because of our membership of the European Union, and with it a complete inability to control the numbers coming from the EU, the only way that he can try to deal with the immigration problem is to exacerbate what is essentially a European only policy. “UKIP are clear that we will treat everybody equally, no matter what nationality, creed, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. We treat people as people, pure and simple. We will institute an Australian style points based system, in order to ensure that we decide the quality and the quantity of those we allow to come here. We will institute a 5 year moratorium on non-skilled migration which will cut at least 150,000 per annum. This of course will relax the pressure on local services, primary education, housing, health care and the downward pressure on wages. “But is only by leaving the EU that we can do this, it is only by taking control of our democracy that we can control our borders. And is only by rejecting the bald dishonesty of the Conservatives and Labour that any such thing will happen”, said Mr...

Tories back EU Mortgage plans

Tories back EU Mortgage plans

Apr 23, 2015

British homeowners face higher mortgage costs because Cameron government again surrendered to the European Commission   Steven Woolfe, UKIP MEP for the North West and spokesman on finance, said that British homeowners are today learning that they may be forced to pay thousands more for their mortgages “because the Cameron government has yet again capitulated to EU demands that more national control over regulation be handed to Brussels.” “In March next year EU regulators will tighten their grip on the UK mortgage market, forcing homeowners to take out more expensive loans. The Cameron government did not warn homeowners about this when they supported the Directive in Brussels. However, following press reports today, existing borrowers are now realising the EU will now force them to pass stricter affordability tests if they want to change lenders to take advantage of a cheaper mortgages rate.” “The EU is in effect dictating how and where UK homeowners can borrow.” “Last January the Cameron government voted in favour of this interference in the personal finances of British men and women during a meeting of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in Brussels. Sajid Javid, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, cast the vote in favour of the EU Mortgage Directive despite admitting “that the case for such a prescriptive, EU-wide intervention was not sufficiently made by the Commission.” In trying to defend the Cameron policy, the minister pleaded with the Commission that there be “no adverse impacts” in the future. Woolfe said: “Conservative MEPs later had an opportunity to oppose this directive, but they abstained during the vote in the European Parliament last December. UKIP MEPs of course voted against.” He added: “No doubt this is exactly the sort of Conservative capitulation the eurocrats look forward to meeting in any attempts by the UK at renegotiating our relationship with the EU. Never bother listening to what members of a Cameron government say about the EU. Just watch what they do. And what they do is roll...

St George’s day

St George’s day

Apr 22, 2015

WEAR A RED ROSE WITH PRIDE Local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall is encouraging people to wear a red rose tomorrow (Thur) to celebrate St George’s Day. “It saddens and angers me that this day marking Englishness is so low key compared to how days for the other three countries of the Union are publicly celebrated. “The situation has improved over recent years but it passes by unrecognised by many English people. I have long argued that it should be a declared a Bank Holiday and I have not lost my passion for that idea. “I don’t think there has ever been a more significant time to celebrate our patron saint. We all know how Scottish nationalism is on the rise and if the SNP get their hands on power in Westminster the English will be increasingly held to ransom. “We have far fewer public holidays in this country than many European countries and I believe it would be appropriate for one to be instituted for St George. “I hope as many people as possible will show their support for St George by wearing a traditional red rose tomorrow. “Let’s stand up for England and be proud in the same way as the Irish, Scots and Welsh,” added Mr Nuttall, the party’s deputy leader....

Paul Nuttall Column 22/04/2015

Paul Nuttall Column 22/04/2015

Apr 22, 2015

Please find attached North West MEP Paul Nuttall’s most recent column in which he discusses the premier league and proportional representation (click to make larger if...