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EU treating women with contempt

EU treating women with contempt

May 27, 2016

PRESS RELEASE EU TREATING WOMEN WITH CONTEMPT, SAYS MEP                                   Women have been treated with contempt by the EU Parliament, said UKIP MEP Louise Bours. Her anger follows the parliament voting against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons. “”The Commission had promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for items such as tampons, but yet they did not include it in the latest VAT reform proposals.  “They kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year and now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. “I think it is an insult to women that such an attitude has been displayed by this male dominated organisation,” said Ms Bours, North West Euro-MP. ‘“The EU has so much power over the UK that we can’t even decide how much to tax women’s sanitary items. Only the EU Commission can propose changes to legislation and they are not elected or accountable.  “Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement. “If we really want to scrap the hated tampon tax, the only way is to vote to leave the EU on the 23rd of June.” ends  Follow Louise on Twitter...

Don’t believe remain scaremongering

Don’t believe remain scaremongering

May 25, 2016

Dear Editor, Wind the clock back to 8th October 1990, the day we joined the ERM -Exchange Rate Mechanism, the precursor to the Euro. We were told It was designed to keep interest rates stable, inflation low, encourage export trade and encouragement for EU member states to join, or as they stated, a leap into the Euro, in short good for our economy. It was disastrous for our economy and is said to have caused the recession, costing thousands of job losses as companies went bust, so on 16 September 1992 the Conservative Government was forced to withdraw from it. Being in the ERM cost the country an estimated £3.4 billion.     Prior to the launch of the Euro just countries, the UK and Denmark had “opt outs” against joining, ( but the UK did not say never to joining and all member states will be expected to join it by 2020)  and many of the doomsayers are the same people campaigning to remain, warning of the consequences if we leave the EU as they warned against not joining the Euro. Despite their warnings it was decided that Britain would not join and we are now the world’s fifth largest economy and even as we are in the lead-up to the “In/Out” referendum Britain has a record level of foreign investment, the largest in Europe. Leaving the EU will increase job opportunities and trade globally. Even major car companies such as Nissan, Toyota, General Motors along with others even Air Bus have all said that it would make no difference to their investment in the UK.  The only people who are trying to prevent this and being more than economical with the truth are Cameron, Osborne, the Treasury and most of the establishment. Be confident on June 23rd, believe in Britain and our future.  Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West...

Brussels rules threaten Vaping

Brussels rules threaten Vaping

May 24, 2016

Dear Editor, All over the country the burning question at the moment is whether or not we should stay in the EU. Obviously I have not a shadow of doubt that we should leave and the evidence continues to mount to back up the Leave campaign complemented by the increasingly unbelievable rhetoric from George Osborne et al. Meanwhile the meddling in our lives by Brussels continues with the Tobacco Products Directive which governs the sale and production of e-cigarettes and which has now been implemented by the UK.  This legislation restricts product choice and advertising of vaping devices and is likely to force some smaller British e-cigarette manufacturers to close down with the consequent loss of jobs. I am pleased that Lord Callanan has filed a motion in the House of Lords calling for the laws to be scrapped and a supporting petition is gaining momentum. The motion calls for David Cameron ‘to use his influence in Brussels’ to get an opt-out before the referendum. Unfortunately when it comes to Brussels he’s like the boy on the beach getting sand kicked in his eyes. Evidence shows that vaping has enabled many people to quit smoking which is far more injurious to health but what does the EU care? If they can find something to control regardless of its merits they will. The only answer is to vote Leave on June 23. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall, UKIP North West MEP and deputy party...

Anger at EU housing demands

Anger at EU housing demands

May 20, 2016

May 20 2016  PRESS RELEASE   ‘DAMNED CHEEK’ OF EU COMMISSION HOUSING DEMANDS The European Commission has been accused of “damned cheek” over their demands that Britain builds more homes to cope with the shortage caused by EU immigrants. The Commission’s order that the UK takes “further steps to boost housing supply” is contained in a report into Britain’s housing market. “What damned cheek, don’t they see the irony of this?” said UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall. “It is our membership of the EU leading to uncontrolled immigration that has been a major contributory factor to the housing shortage in this country, not to mention unsustainable pressure on education and health services “We have long maintained that the UK cannot cope with such a huge influx of immigrants but politicians just put their heads in the sand while the whole character of the country has been changed irrevocably,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP. “Yes, we have a housing shortage and we need to stop hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving on our shores every year and making that worse. “On June 23 voters have the golden opportunity to say we’ve had more than enough of the EU telling us how to live our lives and regain control of our borders and laws. ...

Local Newspapers under threat

Local Newspapers under threat

May 18, 2016

Dear Editor, Local newspapers are taken for granted by many readers – but they should be revered, particularly as sadly many are under threat and many others have gone. This is Local Newspaper Week and it is important to highlight the fantastic role that these publications play in community life. It is increasingly difficult for them with reduced staffing levels and having to fence with highly paid press officers employed by councils, emergency services and hospital trusts to put a favourable gloss on everything. And with local authorities using a cabinet system the so called transparency they preach can be anything but. However, determined journalists always seek after the truth on behalf of the communities they serve and that should never be forgotten. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall...