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Volkswagen concerns raised

Volkswagen concerns raised

Sep 23, 2015

Reassurances sought over Volkswagen-owned Bentley motors Published Sep 23, 2015 UKIP MEP Louise Bours has asked for assurances from luxury car manufacturer Bentley that it is not embroiled in the emission test scandal engulfing its owner, Volkswagen. Ms Bours, who represents the north west of England, has written to the Crewe-based company seeking confirmation that it has never falsified its engine emission data. Her concern is the possibility of a knock-on effect to people working for marques owned by Volkswagen, which faces a multi-billion pound pay-out in recalls, fines and potential compensation claims by customers. The company has already set aside £4.7 billion to cover the cost of recalling 500,000 cars in the United States alone. In her letter to Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of the Volkswagen Group, and Wolfgang Dürheimer, chief executive of Bentley Motors, Ms Bours said: “I am writing to you today to highlight my concerns regarding the future financial health of Volkswagen Group and Bentley Motors, in particular following the ongoing emissions scandal for which you have had to set aside €6.5 billion (£4.7bn). “This has been referred to in the UK as the motor industry equivalent of the recent banking Libor scandal which resulted in a number of European and global banks being fined by financial regulators. “As a Member of the European Parliament for the North West England Region, my constituency covers the Cheshire manufacturing town of Crewe where Bentley Motors is based. “The assembly plant on Pyms Lane currently employs 3,600 people along with a potential further 300 new jobs recently announced as part of a £40 million expansion plan. There are also 82 suppliers to Bentley located within 50 miles of the Crewe factory. “As you can see, Bentley Motors is a major employer in Crewe and the town has had a history with car manufacturing since the 1930s. “I am therefore seeking confirmation from you today that Volkswagen Group remains fully committed to Bentley Motors and that its current operations in Crewe, as well as the aforementioned expansion plans, remain...

Paul Nuttall Column 23/09/2015

Paul Nuttall Column 23/09/2015

Sep 23, 2015

Paul Nuttall MEP’s latest column, in which he discusses Jeremy Corbyn, railways and economic migrants: (Click to make larger if...

Merkel’s welcome of migrants a “colossal, historic mistake for the European Union”, UK must protect itself against ‘Blow Back’

Merkel’s welcome of migrants a “colossal, historic mistake for the European Union”, UK must protect itself against ‘Blow Back’

Sep 19, 2015

Speaking to a group of UKIP members in Chester Steven Woolfe, UKIP’s Migration Spokesman commented on the closure of borders within Europe fuelled by the decision of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to give an open-ended welcome to refugees: “If politicians in a democracy are servants of the people, then the question, ‘Just who are the people?’ is surely one of the most important questions of our time. Over generations the ebbs and flows of a democracy’s population grows and shrinks according to numerous factors – births, deaths, immigration, emigration and economic stability and growth.  It is the job of politicians in a democracy to take account of demographic changes. The provision of the public services and the infrastructure projects at the heart of a civilised society depends on planners knowing just how many people they are providing and budgeting for.  Politicians who actively attempt to transform the fortunes of their nation by manipulating population figures, have quite rightly been shunned by democrats everywhere because the effects are so unpredictable – China being an obvious case in point. “This is why Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel’s perceived opened-ended welcome to ALL migrants is a colossal, historic mistake for the European Union. It’s political folly on a grand scale. Her decision sent a powerful message to migrants, whether Refugee or Economic, that irrespective of international law, Germany was now a viable destination to go. Any basic research on what tools migrants use to navigate their way from safe havens in Turkey and Jordan shows that social media, amplified by word of mouth communication, plays a huge part in both the decision whether to migrate and a migrant’s destination of choice.  This increases the speed and numbers of those wishing to leave the safe havens where many currently reside. “Failing to listen to those who understood the causes of migration, understand the availability of modern technology and the power of people traffickers has resulted in Germany’s volte-face on accepting all migrants and its desperate need to distribute colossal numbers of people to other EU states. The Chancellor’s overall strategy of berating member states on how they cope with the great migration was flawed to begin with and ironically...

“DISMAY” AT £1 BILLION CANCER DRUG WASTE

“DISMAY” AT £1 BILLION CANCER DRUG WASTE

Sep 18, 2015

News that the NHS spent nearly £1 billion on cancer drugs rejected by a health watchdog without any clue whether they helped patients  or not has been greeted with “dismay” by Ukip health spokesman Louise Bours. The Guardian reported on Thursday that the NHS has spent almost £1bn “giving 74,000 cancer patients drugs rejected by the medicines regulator but does not know if they have extended their lives”, according to a report by the National Audit Office. In the report released on Thursday, the NAO criticiseed the NHS and Department of Health’s failure to collect data on the outcomes experienced by patients helped by the Cancer Drugs Fund as a major weakness. Meg Hillier, the Labour MP who chairs the public accounts committee, said the NHS and the Department of Health’s failure to ensure data collation “makes no sense” and made it impossible to judge if the scheme had succeeded in extending patients’ survival. The budgets of other NHS services have also suffered as a result of spending sums as large as £416m a year on the fund, the public spending watchdog found. Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “No one would ever want to deny a cancer patient the very best treatment that is affordable and available, but surely the NHS should know if the drugs work or not? “We’re not talking relatively small sums here either – it amounts to at least almost a billion pounds over two years and no doubt more beyond that. “We constantly hear about the pressures on NHS finances yet a startling figure like this one suddenly appears out of the blue. “Giving drugs to patients and then not gathering the data to see how effective they’ve been seems crazy to me, especially considering the constant need for the NHS to keep tight hold of the purse strings.” Note to editors http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/17/nhs-failed-collect-data-1bn-cancer-treatment-outcome-rejected-drugs-health ends Further info: Oliver Adam 07788 55...

LABOUR “SCAREMONGERING” OVER VAUXHALL BREXIT

LABOUR “SCAREMONGERING” OVER VAUXHALL BREXIT

Sep 18, 2015

A new Labour MP has been accused of “scaremongering” for suggesting that car manufacturing giant Vauxhall could quit the UK if voters decided to leave the European Union. This week it emerged that Tim Tozer, chairman and managing director of Vauxhall, said should Brexit happen following an EU in-out referendum in 2017 it would remain business as usual for the car maker’s UK operations. Mr Tozer, speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Tuesday, said: “I don’t think in that event there would not be a trade agreement with what was left of the EU. “We’re a very, very big market for European products, goods and services, and it would unthinkable to us as a corporation that no such trade agreement would ultimately be negotiated if this country chose to leave. “In that sense it’s our job to manage this company in the same way. We would want to use this country as the production location of two of our vehicles within that trading agreement. “So whatever the outcome, that won’t affect the way we look at the way we invest in this country and run our business within it.” (1) Vauxhall employs around 35,000 people in the UK and operates two plants – in Ellesmere Port and Luton. Mr Tozer said a British exit would not cause “trouble” for the company or its parent, General Motors, as he stressed that Vauxhall would continue to build its popular Astra model in Britain. Margaret Greenwood, who became MP for Wirral West when she dislodged Tory cabinet minister Esther McVey in May, made her comments about Vauxhall possibly quitting the UK shortly after the election battle.(2) Writing for her local paper, she said: “Seeing David Cameron flirting with the exit door from Europe should be a cause of concern for all of us. “It certainly is for the man I met just before the election who told me he was worried he’d lose his job at Vauxhall Motors if we came out of Europe. “I’d visited Vauxhall’s some weeks before and asked the director how many cars from the plant are sold directly into the EU. Forty per cent from our Ellesmere Port plant,...