North West Region

Good luck to local farmers

Good luck to local farmers

Sep 23, 2016

Dear Editor, I would like to wish the Gill family the very best of luck as they begin selling raw milk from their cows directly from the farm in an effort to stay in business. Whilst not wishing to wade into the argument about whether unpasteurised milk is suitable or safe – that should be a matter for the consumer – the direction the Gill family are taking their business highlights a very real concern facing dairy farmers up and down the country. Over the past 20 years or so, dairy farmers have been squeezed by an oversupply of cheap milk from Europe, meanwhile aggressive practices from big supermarket chains such as Tesco have been instrumental in forcing milk prices below the cost to produce it. Farmers who are able to sell their milk directly to consumers represents a win-win for the industry and the general public. Since 1996, we have lost 600,000 cows whilst the number of registered dairy producers has fallen by 61%.  This is unsustainable in the long term and therefore I would like to see innovative farmers such as the Gills take back control of their livelihood and be given even more freedom to sell directly to the consumer. Yours faithfully, Paul Nuttall, Burnley UKIP...

Bring back weekly collections

Bring back weekly collections

Sep 23, 2016

Dear Editor, As a long-standing advocate of regular, weekly bin collections for household waste, I warned back in 2008 that a move to fortnightly collections would result in an increase in fly-tipping. What I could not foresee however, was that Liverpool was to become a dumping ground for illegal waste from other local authorities, courtesy of unscrupulous gangs looking to profit from rubbish build-up.  With the council already spending £1 million on a clear up operation of the waste and with the prospect of more councils moving to three or even four weekly waste collections, this could be just the tip of the iceberg. Liverpool Council should, as a first step, look to reintroduce regular weekly collections. However I would also call on Mayor Joe Anderson to use his supposed influence to lobby neighbouring councils to follow suit. Yours sincerely Paul Nuttall...

Bournemouth conference speech

Bournemouth conference speech

Sep 20, 2016

Paul Nuttall MEP speaking at the UKIP National Conference in Bournemouth on September 16, 2016.   Follow Paul on...

Boundary change concerns

Boundary change concerns

Sep 20, 2016

Dear Editor. I fully understand the genuine concerns facing residents in Wirral who now face rather drastic changes to Westminster boundaries and the loss of one MP following the recent boundary review. Voters naturally get accustomed to existing seats, especially when they reflect geographical or demographic realities and there will always be an argument that tinkering with boundaries accounts for nothing more than so-called ‘gerrymandering’ by whichever party implements any changes. Whether we change the boundaries or leave them as they are, it will make not one iota of difference in ensuring that voters are fairly represented. We will still end up in a situation where most voters live in safe seats that hardly, if ever, change hands meaning that MPs can take your vote for granted. Only by introducing an element of proportional representation like they have for the assemblies in Wales and London for example will voters be fairly represented by a variety of MPs from different parties and holding different views. Yours sincerely Paul Nuttall...

Brexit negotiator wrong man for job

Brexit negotiator wrong man for job

Sep 13, 2016

European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator is no friend of Britain – Paul Nuttall MEP • European Parliament, Strasbourg, 12 September 2016 • Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group –@paulnuttallukip • Motion for a Resolution: Proposal by Belgian MEP Sander Loones on behalf of the ECR group for a debate about how the EU will prepare negotiations once Article 50 of the EU treaties invoked by Member...