North West Region

Reexamine river strategy

Reexamine river strategy

Jul 8, 2016

Dear Editor, With reports that new and improved permanent flood defences to protect Carlisle are at least 14 months away, meaning that the city will face two more winters of being at risk, the dredging of riverbeds should be under serious consideration. As members of the European Union, the UK Environment Agency are all but forbidden from dredging rivers under the European Water Framework Directive and this has resulted in waterways becoming choked up as water struggles to make its way downstream. Thankfully, last month we voted to leave the European Union. However the process to leave is likely to take two or even three years to conclude. With our exit confirmed by the democratic will of the majority of voters, I see no harm in freeing the Environment Agency from the shackles of this directive now so we can get on with preventing floods before they can happen by keeping our waterways clear. As the saying goes, prevention is cheaper than the cure. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall...

Town twinning welcomed

Town twinning welcomed

Jul 6, 2016

Dear Editor, I would like to congratulate Ellesmere Port and the German city of Reutlingen on celebrating 50 years of twinning.  English towns and cities have twinned with those in Europe for over a hundred years and the Ellesmere Port – Reutlingen friendship pre-dated the UK joining the European Economic Community. Twinning is now becoming common with cities in China and America. I would therefore like to assure everybody that there is no reason why this twinning would not continue long after we leave the European Union. Last month, the nation voted by a clear majority to leave the European Union and I now hope that the process of formally applying to leave, so called Article 50, is carried out as soon as possible. But let us be clear, we are leaving a political union. We are not leaving Europe. We are not moving our isles into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. An independent Great Britain will still be very much European in a geographical, economical and cultural sense and we will always be good neighbours to our friends across on the continent. Therefore I see no reason why twinning of Ellesmere Port and Reutlingen cannot go on for another 50 years to come. Yours faithfully Louise Bours...

Accept the will of the people

Accept the will of the people

Jul 6, 2016

  Dear Editor, Warrington and Halton Green Party leader Steph Davies has shown her utter contempt for democracy with her apparent labelling of Brexiters as a ‘Tory-UKIP Alliance”. Whilst ‘Remain’ campaigners are obviously disappointed in the result, most are taking it on the chin and yielding to the democratic process, forgoing the need to insult those who happen to have voted differently. I must remind Steph Davies that across Warrington, voters backed ‘Leave’ by 54.3% to 45.7%. This is a decisive result that must be respected. Also, I can assure the Green Party in Warrington that many people on both the left as well as the right of politics voted ‘Leave’. As UKIP’s health spokesman at the last General Election, I can say with gladness that now we have voted to leave, our treasured NHS will now be safe from the clutches of the EU/US TTIP agreement that would have seen American drug and insurance companies elbow their way into our healthcare. I would have thought that the local Green Party would at least join me in celebrating on this issue. Yours faithfully  Louise Bours...

Wirral Council shame

Wirral Council shame

Jul 6, 2016

Dear Editor, Wirral Council should hang their heads in shame for allowing Bromborough cemetery to fall into such an appalling state that bereaved family members can barely see headstones or make their way through the grounds. Under no circumstances should such a place of sombre reflection and remembrance of those we have lost be allowed to suffer from the kind of neglect that it makes you wonder whether the council have any respect for the dead at all. These problems appear to have been going on for four years. To me, that confirms the council simply do not care and are only acting now because it has been brought to public attention. Wirral Council need to pull their finger out now and clean up this cemetery before it becomes a magnet for anti-social behaviour. Yours faithfully Paul Nuttall...

The British people have spoken

The British people have spoken

Jul 5, 2016

UK-EU relations: towards a viable and prosperous future – UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP • European Parliament, Strasbourg, 05 July 2016 • Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group –@paulnuttallukip – Bluecard question from  Liisa JAAKONSAARI MEP (Finland), Socialist group (S&D) • Debate: Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 28 and 29 June 2016 European Council and Commission statements [2016/2711(RSP)] Transcript-  “Thank you. I want to start by really by changing the tone of this debate Ms Harms. I’m not going to rabble rouse in any way shape or form because I’m sure things were said in the aftermath of Brexit which I’m sure many people regret. Not only certain people in this chamber, also in the Commission, but also in the UK itself. The British people have spoken and threats and bullying are not the answer to the questions the UK leaving the European Union has thrown up. Now I want to look forwards, not backwards because what is needed now is some fair and equitable negotiations that will ensure that the best deal is struck for both the British people and the European Union. As an elected British representative, I have a duty to ensure that the will of our people is fulfilled. Now Mr Juncker, I am not here to crow, I am not here to gloat or I am not here to hector, but merely tell you that it is in both our interests to get the best deal possible. We in the European Parliament should both put aside language of conflict and as elected representatives work towards a viable and prosperous future together. The outcome of the referendum is clear: The British people want to leave political union and being also member of a Single Market which entails freedom of movement of people. We want access to the Single Market like the United States, like China and like Russia and many other countries around the globe, but we will take back control of our own borders, of our own laws and own money. In the longer term we would like to see a free trade deal...