North West Region

Tory Budget slammed

Tory Budget slammed

Mar 18, 2016

Dear Editor, Chancellor Osborne`s latest budget was about politics, not economics, he has his eyes firmly fixed on the doors of number 10 and becoming the next Tory Prime Minister. Though that of course  depends on the referendum outcome. While taking a swipe at the multinationals and raising an additional £9bn, in order to create a “level playing field” to allow smaller companies to compete with them, nothing will change until after June. In other words hes buttering up the voters.  He even used his budget address to warn of the dangers and uncertainty of the UK leaving the EU, quoting the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) who had said that the economic impact on leaving would be “highly uncertain” and may actually be positive. His aim was clearly to attract as many of the “Remain” voters while not upsetting those who have yet to decide. Although he claims the budget is long term, it is clearly designed to last the three months until the June referendum.  Few if any have hailed it as a success but have referred it as being tactical and about politics. Cynical many would say.   Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President...

Ignore the EU scare stories

Ignore the EU scare stories

Mar 16, 2016

Dear Editor, With the In/Out EU referendum fast approaching the “In” side are constantly send out scare stories suggesting massive job losses, loss of investment and lack of trade opportunities. Whenever countries outside the EU are  used as examples of success the “Outers” are criticised in various ways including the usual “we would not be around the big EU table” and not having any input in forming the policies. The fact is that we have less than 9% influence as it is. What they won`t tell you is that a growing number of companies such as Airbus, Nissan, General Electric, Toyota and many others including General Motors (who would prefer us to stay in ) have said it would make no difference to trade or investment if we voted to leave the EU. Much smaller countries that have remained independent such as Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland have thrived by not being an EU member. If they can thrive outside it then Britain, the fitth largest economy on the planet can. The head of the International Festival of Business, Max Steinburg, has said that despite the referendum on June 23rd, demand for places at the event have not been affected, with delegates coming from the US, Europe and China, he also has said that we will remain a trading nation even if we leave the EU. The Showcase event for British Industry is being held again in Liverpool between June 13th and July 1st and in 2014 it attracted £300million investment and export sales helped to create 10,000 new jobs. There is a much bigger world outside the EU and you don`t have to pay £350million every week to have access to it. We will be a much stronger nation outside it. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President...

Wallasey Tunnel protest

Wallasey Tunnel protest

Mar 16, 2016

Paul Nuttall MEP was among activists who took part in a toll protest at Wallasey tunnel this week. UKIP is totally opposed to the principle of tolls and the demonstration was part of a campaign fighting against this stealth tax on motorists. Mr Nuttall pointed out that the issue has become even more contentious this year with proposals to use money raised by tolls to finance the HS2 to reach Liverpool. “It is absolutely outrageous that Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson wants to get his hands on the money extorted from motorists who have no choice but to use the Mersey tunnels. “The think tank ResPublica has thrown up this idea and highlighted the fact that the tunnels make a surplus revenue of between £12m – £14m a year. What a slap in the face to the users. ‘It is already bad enough that millions of the revenue already goes to subside Merseytravel without Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson getting his hands on this toll money to use it on extending the HS2 vanity project.”     Follow Paul on...

EU is an old idea that isn’t working

EU is an old idea that isn’t working

Mar 10, 2016

An old idea that’s destroying Europe – Steven Woolfe MEP • European Parliament, Strasbourg, 10 March 2016 •  Steven Woolfe MEP, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group –@Steven_Woolfe – with Bluecard Question from Gunnar HÖKMARK MEP (Sweden), EPP Group • Debate: Banking Union – Annual report 2015 – Report:  Roberto Gualtieri (A8-0033/2016) Report on the Banking Union – Annual Report 2015 [2015/2221(INI)] Committee on Economic and Monetary...

EU laws harming Europe

EU laws harming Europe

Mar 9, 2016

A continent that’s dying because of EU laws – Steven Woolfe MEP • European Parliament, Strasbourg, 09 March 2016 • Steven Woolfe MEP, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group –@Steven_Woolfe • Explanations of Vote:  Interinstitutional agreement on Better law-making – Report:  Danuta Maria Hübner (A8-0039/2016) Report on the conclusion of an Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission [COM(2015)0215 – 2016/2005(ACI)] Committee on Constitutional...