North West Region

Nursing crisis mishandled

Nursing crisis mishandled

Jun 23, 2015

Instead of sticking it to the NHS, Tories should steal even more UKIP policies to make Britain better Thousands of nurses will be deported under new immigration rules announced by the Government today which will trigger critical shortages of staff across the NHS, nursing leaders have said. Almost 7,000 overseas nurses are likely to face being sent home by 2020, under the Government’s migration cap, research suggests. UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP commented: “After years of neglecting immigration as an issue and tinkering around with the structure of the NHS, the Government’s actions today show how disconnected they are from reality. First there is little point in kicking out nurses here on legal work visas unless British trained nurses can fill the vacancies. That’s why, at the last general election, UKIP’s costed manifesto education policy encouraged British students to train as nurses by offering free tuition if graduates worked in the UK for 5 years after completing their nursing courses. When will the Prime Minister understand that effective public policy demands joined-up thinking! “Instead of controlling unskilled immigration from the EU, the Government has decided to try to get though on immigration by getting rid of much needed skilled migrants which the NHS currently uses and depends on because of its failed education policies. The Prime Minster is going after the wrong people in this flawed plan.  Under UKIP’s points based system we wouldn’t deport any legal migrants currently living and working here, nor would we attack skilled migrants from outside the EU in favour of allowing unskilled migrants to enter the UK from all over the EU. It’s time for the Tories to steal even more of UKIP’s polices in order to make Britain a better place to...

Louise Bours on Westminster Hour

Louise Bours on Westminster Hour

Jun 22, 2015

Louise Bours UKIP MEP on the BBC Westminster Hour discussion programme 21/06/2015   Listen by clicking HERE...

Paul Nuttall Column 17/06/2015

Paul Nuttall Column 17/06/2015

Jun 19, 2015

Please find below Paul Nuttall MEP’s most recent column – click to make larger if...

Windfarm decision welcomed

Windfarm decision welcomed

Jun 18, 2015

PRESS RELEASE END TO ONSHORE WIND FARM SUBSIDIES WELCOMED The end to new onshore wind farm subsidies from next April has been welcomed by UKIP. “Wind power has never been the answer to Britain’s energy needs and it is iniquitous that householders have been forced to contribute towards this madness. “They have blighted some of our most beautiful countryside and sadly there are many more with planning permission waiting in the wings to add to this sacrilege,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “I am delighted that onshore wind farms will be excluded from this generous hand out scheme a year earlier than anticipated and hope that many of the estimated 3,000 schemes awaiting planning permission will now wither on the vine with the funding tap turned off. “These subsidies benefit wealthy developers and investors and penalise energy users. Many householders are struggling to make ends meet while the fat cats just get fatter. “We are all held to ransom through levies on our fuel bills to meet ridiculous renewables targets and these levies should be reduced from April in line with the subsidy cut. But I dare say I’ll just be whistling in the wind with that hope. “And let’s not forget off shore wind farms which are also ugly eye sores and equally as useless and their subsidies should also be scrapped,” added Mr Nuttall, North West MEP. ends...

Questions about Purdah rules

Questions about Purdah rules

Jun 18, 2015

Dear Editor, The subject of purdah before the EU referendum remains unresolved and meanwhile David Cameron’s promise he will “not embark on a taxpayer-funded spending spree” over the referendum leaves open the question of the millions in propaganda money the European Commission plans to spend. Mr Cameron can have no control over that, especially since much of the propaganda money is hidden.   For example there are hundreds of “experts” from universities and multi-national corporations who will be invited by the BBC and other news organisations to make arguments in favour of a vote to stay in the EU. However, both British universities and many multi-nationals benefit each year from millions in taxpayers’ money paid to them by EU institutions. During 2013, the latest year for which figures are available in the European Commission’s Financial Transparency System, the European Commission paid  €8,392,495 (£6.02m) in taxpayers’ money to the London School of Economics. In 2012, the amount paid was €5,657,935 (£4.06m), with earlier years showing similar taxpayer-funded, EU directed largesse. Yet the BBC and other news organisations will be able to use “experts” from the LSE and other universities which benefit from millions in such payments right up to the end of the referendum campaign without disclosing their financial interest in continued EU membership.   The BBC is itself one of the biggest beneficiaries of taxpayer-funded EU money. Between 2007-2013, the European Commission paid the BBC a total of €30,180, 057 (£21.68m). Yet the BBC will remain free to use the full force of these taxpayer-funded millions to continue with its relentless pro-EU coverage, right up to polling day. Some purdah.   Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall...