North West Region

School takeover concerns

School takeover concerns

Dec 14, 2015

PRESS RELEASE MEP CONCERN OVER BLACKPOOL SCHOOL TAKEOVER Blackpool MEP Paul Nuttall has written to the regional schools’ commissioner demanding justification for a local secondary school being taken over by an Islamic group. Highfield Humanities College in Blackpool has been in special measures since last year and the Tauheedul Education Trust (TET), which sponsors Islamic-faith schools, is set to take it over. The move has angered parents at the school and a petition has already attracted more than 1000 signatures in opposition. “Fewer than 2% of the pupils at this school, Highfield Humanities College, are Muslim so how can it be right that an Islamic organisation should be in charge?” asked Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “I appreciate desperate times can sometimes need desperate measures but there is desperate and then there is inappropriate and wrong and this smacks of the latter,” said Mr Nuttall. “Apparently parents have not been consulted on the plan when their views about their child’s education should be paramount. This trust, which oversees ten Muslim schools, has already run into controversy when it required all pupils at a Blackburn high school to wear an Islamic headdress and was forced to scrap that rule. “Any educational decision needs to be dealt with carefully and sensitively and with the backing of the parents.  I am concerned this is not the case here and a “any port in the storm’ approach being taken. “I can’t imagine for a moment that a failing school populated by a majority of Muslims would be casually turned over to a Christian or non-faith group. “I have today written to the regional schools’s commission about this matter as it is a matter of great importance to my constituents and has wider implications,” he added. ends Notes to editor...

Record Asylum seeker numbers

Number of migrants seeking asylum in European Union will continue to reach record highs Eurostat the EU statistics agency has released figures showing record hikes in asylum applications during the third quarter of 2015 (from July to September 2015), 413 800 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number almost double that of the second quarter of 2015. Steven Woolfe MEP, UKIP’s Migration Spokesman commented: “These numbers are staggering but not surprising after Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel opened Europe’s borders to an undefined number of migrants this summer. The number seeking asylum on the continent is set to inexorably rise over the next quarter and I suspect by the New Year, the numbers for this quarter will be much higher and in 2016 continue to break statistical records.  “UK policymakers must take note of two things. First, that a large number of migrants have still not been accounted for and processed both in Central Europe and in Greece. These migrants are not part of the Eurostat calculations. Second, even with the EU’s 3 billion Euro bribe to Turkey to induce them to fulfil their international responsibilities as a United Nations and NATO member, considerable numbers of migrants are still making the short sea crossing to the Greek islands for the onward journey to northern European EU countries. Even if a fraction of these people are given asylum within the Schengen zone, they will eventually have rights to settle in Britain if we remain a part of the EU.” Notes to Editors: Find the Eurostat Quarterly Asylum report...

EU Cat out of the bag

EU Cat out of the bag

Dec 10, 2015

Dear Editor, Well, at last the cat is out of the bag, David Cameron has started his (phoney) negotiations with the EU and he is determined to keep Britain in it – no surprises there then. His main requests are simply pathetic and not what the British people want and he`s already watered down his manifesto banning EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits for four years.  He`s also reverted to scaremongering tactics by saying the being in the EU helps to guarantee our security and that if we left we would lose our voice on the world stage. All he says is complete nonsense, his deliberate savage cuts to our Armed Services have caused serious concern over our security. If we left the European Union we would get our seat back on the World Trade Organisation – which we had to surrender to the EU – and  that would allow us a much greater voice on the world stage. He will hail any re-negotiations as a spectacular victory when in fact they will be non-existent, even members of his own party such as Jacob Rees-Mogg MP has described his measures as “pretty thin gruel” adding that we would not be able to control our own borders. Cameron’s happy for Britain`s taxpayers to hand over £55 million every day to the EU and another-ring fenced annual £12 billion in overseas aid, while keeping austerity measure which affect many families in Britain. Charity should begin at home! The man does not even know that his policies are causing cuts to local services, and when it comes to our “in/out” EU referendum he and his Government  along with Labour and the other political parties  cannot be trusted. Don`t be conned ! Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President, UKIP ...

Flood Defences at home rather than abroad

Flood Defences at home rather than abroad

Dec 10, 2015

  Money from our country’s bloated foreign aid budget should be used to increase flood defences to prevent such devastation brought about in Cumbria by Storm Desmond, said regional MEP Paul Nuttall. “It is all very well for George Osborne throwing out a life belt of £50m to help those householders and businesses affected by this week’s terrible flooding but it’s too little too late.” Mr Nuttall, deputy UKIP leader, said, “With more heavy rain forecast for the region there is a risk of more families suffering and a few bob won’t make good the personal hardship and constant worry whenever it rains heavily. “And when will these victims actually get some recompense? It’s all very well saying it  will be administered by local authorities but councils are not known for speedy action. How many forms and box ticking will be involved? “Meanwhile taxpayers money should be devoted to people in this country with major, potentially life saving projects and, worthy though helping with flood defences abroad may be, we should be concentrating our efforts and funds on providing better protection in risk areas here. “Environment Secretary Liz Truss has spoken of spending £2.3bn over the next six years on flood defences but that is as nothing compared to the government’s foreign aid budget which is expected to rise from £11.1 bn this year to hit £16.3bn by 2020,” said Mr Nuttall. “It is plain that the defence work carried out in Cumbria after the last major floods was just not enough and this problem must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader. “I see that Liz Truss is blaming the floods on climate change which conveniently bolsters the government’s support for green levies on our energy bills. Cold comfort for those whose homes have been wrecked and those left without any energy supplies at all,” he added. The brunt of the storm hit Cumbria, which witnessed record rainfall, while 42,000 homes were left without power in both Cumbria and Lancashire. ends...

Our postal voting system is open to abuse

Our postal voting system is open to abuse

Dec 8, 2015

My letter to Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government:   To: The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA   Dear Mr Clark, The by-election in Oldham last week exposed the weaknesses in our postal voting system, and the subsequent danger to our democracy that stems from it. More than 7,000 people in Oldham apparently “opted” to register their vote via post, but we have frankly no idea whether these voters made their own decision on who to vote for, or whether that decision was made for them. Before Tony Blair’s government changed the rules in 2000, postal voting was only granted to the infirm, and those who worked away from home such as those in the armed forces or people working on oil rigs, for example. That is, I suggest, what we should return to, because as you well know there have been many examples of voting fraud since. Voters need to have a good reason to have a postal vote, not the free for all there is now that is evidently open to abuse. This would be better for voters, and better for British democracy. Yours sincerely,     Paul Nuttall MEP Deputy Leader,...