North West Region

The future of UKIP

The future of UKIP

Sep 9, 2016

We are in the process of voting for a new party leader and on the 16th September we will know who our new leader will be, then we can get on with our future. We have a very positive role to play in  shaping the political future of our country, in last year’s General Election nearly 4 million people voted for UKIP, more than the Lib Dems and the SNP had put together.  We have strong representation in the Welsh Assembly as well as hundreds of councillors across the country, we now need to get our candidates voted into parliament.  And a fantastic opportunity awaits us in the form of the disarray within the Labour Party caused by the infiltration by the far-left and encouraged by Jeremy Corbyn. With the current opposition party in such a state we have been handed a golden opportunity and that is to take on Labour. The country needs a strong and firm opposition party and that is a roll the UKIP can fulfil and let us remember that it was thanks to all in UKIP that the Government gave us an “IN/OUT” referendum which we won.  Thanks to Nigel Farage, our MEPs, the membership of the party and cross-party support we, despite the “Project Fear” from the then Government, the establishment institutions as well as the so called “experts” persuaded 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU and we won the argument. We now have to ensure that Teresa May and her Government fulfil the wishes of the the electorate who voted to leave, without any watering down of the terms on how we leave the EU. People voted to leave in order to regain control of our country as an independent nation, to make our own laws, control immigration and our borders, deciding who enters the country. There are many influential “ Remainers” both in the Conservative and in the other political parties who will try anything to stop or delay “Brexit”. It will be our job to ensure that does not happen and we will therefore scrutinise the progress and hold them to account where necessary. To ensure the future of our country as well as UKIP success, it is essential that the membership  fully support the next leader...

Illiberal Democrats?

Illiberal Democrats?

Sep 2, 2016

Dear Editor, What is it about Lib Dem Tim Farron that he clearly does not understand the result of the EU “In/Out” referendum, in which the majority – 17.4 million people – voted to leave, despite the “Project Fear” campaign from the establishment, which included him. In his latest rant, delivered to the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) in Manchester, he has suggested that the UK has become a laughing stock abroad since the vote to leave the EU and that “malevolent forces” were seeking to hijack the result for their own political agenda. Far from what was predicted, foreign investment is pouring into Britain with companies from around the world who are backing a record 2,213 British projects. The CBI states that the growth in business and consumer services is higher than normal, which confirms that all of the scaremongering tactics were unfounded. Tim Farron also went on to suggest that those who headed the Leave campaign are not representative of Britain. This puts him clearly at odds with democracy and is an insult against the electorate who voted to leave the EU. Doomsayers like Mr Farron will always find something to whinge about when they lose the argument and become an irrelevant spent force. Britain has a very bright future outside the EU when we finally leave it, time for people like Mr Farron to accept it and move on!   Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

EU funding myth debunked

EU funding myth debunked

Sep 1, 2016

Dear Editor. Before anyone who is upset with the result of the recent EU referendum points out that European Social Fund money has contributed to the recent awarding of £10.6 million grant to the Golden Gates Housing Trust, let me take this opportunity to debunk any so-called EU funding to Cheshire and Warrington. Over the past decade or so, you will not have failed to see, either here or elsewhere in the North West, big signs urging us to be thankful for ‘EU’ money going towards one project or another. However it has been nothing but a ruse. In the 2007-2013 period, Cheshire contributed a whopping £535 million into the EU coffers whilst it only received a measly £150 million back in structural and development funding. For every £1 Cheshire received from the EU, the county effectively had already paid in £3.58. If we had voted to ‘Remain’, Cheshire’s contributions would have gone up and its grants would have fallen as poorer countries join the EU.  Now that the dust has settled on the referendum result, it is high time that we remove the EU flag and banish any notion that the EU has been using anything but our own money to fund local projects. Yours sincerely Paul Nuttall...