North West Region

Prosperity is outside of the EU

Prosperity is outside of the EU

Oct 31, 2016

Dear Editor, Following the referendum result to leave the EU and, despite the continued gloomy predictions from the so called “experts”, the British economy remains resilient and has grown by 0.5% in the last quarter along with a rise in stirling. It is encouraging to hear that the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Roberto Azevedo said ” I will be working hard – I will work very intensely to ensure that this transition is fast and is smooth,” adding that Britain would not face a trade “vacuum or a disruption” when we leave the EU. The EU is in complete turmoil, its economy is shrinking by the year, its banks are in trouble and it has massive problems with immigrants who are using its open borders policy to their own advantage. We are leaving at the right time. Outside the 27 remaining member states is a much bigger world and at least 165 non-EU countries that account for most of the world economic growth. That is where are future lies for our prosperity, which is why the majority voted to leave the EU. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President,...

Get on with Brexit

Get on with Brexit

Oct 19, 2016

Dear Editor, It is more than 100 days since the results of the referendum where announced, with the “Brexiteers” winning the day with 17.4 million votes. This was almost 4% ahead of the ‘remain’ camp but they still refuse to acknowledge the result, instead determined to thwart the will of the people and democracy itself. David Cameron gambled on winning because of his ‘Project Fear’ campaign, which is why he stated that his government would abide by the result whichever way it went. He lost and it ended his political career, but the fear campaign continues. The doom and gloom scare-mongering stories designed to unsettle and intimidate the “Brexiteers” are still being peddled by establishment figures, the Treasury, EU ministers, elected MP`s and many others with their own agenda and vested interests. Their tactics are the causes of the fall in the value of the pound and any future price rises for consumers, not our vote to leave. Yes, we voted the right way and their views should be ignored. The majority voted “Leave “ for the right reasons, not least to once again  control of our own destiny as an independent nation free from the shackles of the anti-democratic European Union. We should all be talking up Britain with the opportunities that lie ahead for us in the whole world and be grateful that we were given the chance in a lifetime to do so.  Now we need ensure what we voted for happens without further shenanigans and put the Great back into Britain. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West...

Waste Bin Microchip concerns

Waste Bin Microchip concerns

Oct 17, 2016

Dear Editor, Residents are right to be very concerned following revelations that Bolton Council have introduced 300 new slimline waste bins which feature controversial microchips. Although the council claim that they don’t have the software in place to use the microchips, I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before some bright-spark Labour councillor recommends that some expensive software package is put into place.  I’m also in no doubt that the council would then look to recoup the procurement cost by rolling out automatic charges – activated by the microchips – if households put too much waste in their bin. Residents expect the council to empty their bins. They don’t expect to be snooped on in the process.  If Bolton Council really have no intention to use microchipped bins in the future they should get their act into gear now and locate the 300 microchipped bins currently in place and remove them at once. Yours faithfully, Paul Nuttall...

MEP Slams EU waste

MEP Slams EU waste

Oct 13, 2016

October 13, 2016  PRESS RELEASE LOCAL MEP SLAMS EU WASTE After the European Union’s Court of Auditors failed to give the accounts a clean bill of health for the 22nd year in a row North West UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall has hit out at the huge amount of money being wasted. Mr Nuttall said “This shows that it’s just as well that we voted to leave the European Union when we did. The levels of waste and bureaucracy are breathtaking. “Money is being wasted left, right and centre. When we’re outside the EU we can cut out the middleman and look after our own businesses ourselves. It is outrageous that so much money is being thrown away and the sooner we get out the better. “The system simply isn’t fit for purpose,” he said. The Court of Auditors’ report blasts the payments underlying the accounts as being ‘materially affected by error’, leading the Court to issue an adverse opinion on the legality and regularity of the payments underlying the accounts.  An adverse opinion is rare in accountancy, and is issued only in serious cases where there has been a substantial departure from generally accepted accounting principles.  In the 320-page report, the Court of Auditors blasted various examples of EU waste and mismanagement. But the Court of Auditor’s findings only told a small part of the true scale of EU wastefulness, because only a small sample of all expenditure is scrutinised by the Court. There are undoubtedly many similar examples which will simply never be found. The error rate is 3.8%, almost double the 2% threshold which is the maximum considered acceptable by the Court of Auditors, affecting a whopping €5.4 billion of EU spending. ends Note to editors –  Some examples of the problems are highlighted by the report are below:  The Commission committed to more expenditure last year than it did in any previous year in history. (p53) The European Union’s liabilities now exceed its assets by a huge €72.4 billion. Last year the deficit was a further €10.3 billion. (p15) There is not yet any procedure in place to ensure that projects actually provide value for money, or that they have been...

Helens Law welcomed

Helens Law welcomed

Oct 13, 2016

Dear Editor, I am delighted that MPs have given early support for ‘Helen’s Law’  which the mum of murder victim Helen McCourt has long campaigned for. This would deny killers parole if they will not reveal where their victims’ remains are and while these cases are in the minority of murder cases it is a really important issue. Helen’s mum, Marie McCourt, from St Helens, Merseyside, has never been able to find peace in her heart since her 22-year-old daughter was murdered by pub licensee Ian Simms.   He is still behind bars having been jailed for life in 1988 and still will not reveal where Helen’s remains lie but could be released on parole. Marie’s life has effectively been on hold since the day her daughter vanished and I am so pleased that her petition for the law to be changed has reached the Commons. Hats off to her local MP Conor McGinn who is pursuing the matter on behalf of all such bereaved families with the proposed Unlawful Killing (Recovery of Remains) Bill. Yours sincerely Paul Nuttall...