North West Region

Government has lost control of our borders

Government has lost control of our borders

May 29, 2015

Net migration at 318,000 shows Cameron’s government has lost ALL control of Britain’s borders Steven Woolfe MEP, the UKIP Migration spokesman has responded to the latest ONS figures that show an increase in net immigration of 109,000 per annum to 318,000. “Today’s government announcement on illegal migration is a smoke screen to mask today’s appalling immigration statistics. In almost every area, net migration, overall UK immigration, EU immigration, non-EU immigration, sham marriages, bogus students, overstayers; the government has failed catastrophically. “It has never been clearer that the UK borders are open to all whenever, wherever and however they want to come. The government has lost all control. The ONS report that 285,000 people came to work in the UK work last year. That is a city the size of Nottingham, which has nearly a 100 schools, 60 GP surgeries and several hospitals. Britain needs to provide the equivalent just to keep up with the workers arriving and this illustrates clearly the strain mass migration is putting on our public services. “Government must act now in three areas. It must stop the free movement of people onto the UK from the EU. Second, it must improve the control systems and review the conditions for visa issuance for immigrants from non-EU countries. Third, it must increase the numbers of border control staff to ensure that we crack down on illegal immigrants entering the UK and can deport those who are caught once here. “This morning’s rushed, uncosted, ill-thought through government proposals for tackling illegal immigrants and ‘overstayers’ are to be welcomed for recognising a problem that UKIP has highlighted for several years. The government has failed in managing our borders. The impracticalities of trying to resolve an illegal immigration problem that they cannot measure will lead to failure here too.” Follow Steven on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steven_Woolfe Visit Steven’s website: http://www.stevenwoolfe.uk/...

Poorer energy consumers hit hard by prepay meters

Poorer energy consumers hit hard by prepay meters

May 28, 2015

PRESS RELEASE “Poor should not have to subsidise the better off with energy bills, say Ukip”   “People on lower incomes should no longer have to subsidise the energy bills of the better-off,” said UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall today. His comments come in the wake of Ofgem pledging to investigate pre-payment energy meters being forcibly installed in people’s homes. “I am glad that the energy watchdog is looking into this practice but I would like them to also press for the higher charge levied on pre-payment customers to be dropped. “Why should those who pay in advance for their gas and electricity have to pay an average of £80 a year more than direct debit customers. “Merseyside is particularly affected as Government figures show that households there have the highest proportion of pre-payment meters in the country. “More than one in five households in Merseyside uses a pre-payment meter for gas, and almost a quarter have one for electricity. “Those with pre-payment meters are generally the least able in society to meet their bills and yet they are penalised with higher charges. I would like Ofgem to press for this unfair discrimination to be stopped.” Ofgem is to look into the imposition of pre-payment meters by court order for those who have run up debt after figures revealed that 97,000 pre-pay gas and electricity meters were installed in England, Wales and Scotland last year alone. Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader, pointed out, “Pre-payment meter customers are unable to benefit from competitive better deals and are at a permanent disadvantage. People struggling with debts need help, not an extra financial burden.” ends...

Blatter must go, demands Paul Nuttall

Blatter must go, demands Paul Nuttall

May 28, 2015

The reputation of football can only be rescued with the removal of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president and a rerun of the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall. The North West MEP was speaking as US officials indicated there were more arrests to come from their wide-ranging investigation into fraud, bribery and corruption within the game. Mr Nuttall, a lifelong Liverpool supporter and season ticket holder, said: “Sepp Blatter’s position as FIFA president was already on shaky ground but now surely no one will argue that it is in any way tenable. “Pretty much all of the crimes being alleged happened on his watch. If he knew about it, then he should be prosecuted. If he didn’t know about it, then he wasn’t doing his job properly and should be removed. “Grassroots football in some of the world’s poorest countries and fans everywhere are the apparent victims of these crimes. “Only a root and branch clear out at FIFA will satisfy them that we’re cleaning up the game once and for...

EU enabling trafficking of girls

EU enabling trafficking of girls

May 28, 2015

EU enabling trafficking of girls through open borders – Louise Bours MEP   • European Parliament, Brussels, 27 May 2015 • Louise BOURS MEP (North West), UK Independence Party (UKIP), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – #LouiseBours • Debate: Ending the practice of early, forced marriage of girls – Oral question [2015/2654(RSP)] – Iratxe García Pérez, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (O-000048/2015 – B8-0552/2015) Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Commission Transcript: “Thank you. The issue of forced marriage does not just affect children living on the African and Asian continents, it is happening across Europe, and the silence surrounding it has many parallels with the exploitation and trafficking of young girls, across many towns in Northern England. UK law imposes a maximum sentence of 7 years on the perpetrators of this crime – and it is simply not a strong enough deterrent. Girls are afraid to speak out, others dismiss it as a cultural practice, and our social services in England, the police, the politicians dare not speak up for fear of being labelled racist. With our open borders, human traffickers have free reign to exploit children – in 2013, over 600 children were trafficked into Britain for exploitation and forced marriage. This modern day form of slavery is on the rise – and the EU have given the perpetrators a helping hand – by not allowing member states to control their own borders and check criminal backgrounds, the EU is enabling this crime to escalate – the UK can at least check an individual’s passport – mainland Europe is prevented from even doing that. Criminal trafficking gangs operate with impunity due to EU free movement rules – so whilst members are very good at voicing their outrage at these crimes, they are fundamentally unable to implement anything practical to stop...

Greece martyred on the altar of the euro

Greece martyred on the altar of the euro

May 27, 2015

• European Parliament, Brussels, 27 May 2015 • Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group – @paulnuttallukip – Bluecard question: Lambros FOUNDOULIS MEP (Greece), Non-attached • Debate: Preparation of the G7 Summit (7-8 June) Commission statement...