North West Region

Stoke candidate announced

Stoke candidate announced

Jan 21, 2017

Paul Nuttall MEP has been announced as UKIP’s candidate for the forthcoming Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election.  At 11.00 this morning, we announced that our Party Leader, Paul Nuttall, would be UKIP’s candidate for the forthcoming by-election in Stoke-on-Trent Central, on Thursday 23 February. Thanks to the Stoke-on-Trent branch and the great Mick Harold, who came only 5000 votes behind Tristram Hunt in 2015 but has gallantly ceded the candidacy to Paul, we now have the chance to see our Leader elected to Westminster for the first time. It really can happen. Though Mick’s fantastic campaign pushed the Tories into third place by just 33 votes (0.2%) last time, our private polling shows that with Paul as our candidate we are only a handful of points behind Corbyn’s Labour – with the Conservatives stuck some 10 points behind, totally out of sight of a win. We have worked and prayed for this moment. We took our last Party Leader to within 3000 votes of Parliament in South Thanet, in the face of one of the most vicious – and dubious – spoiler campaigns in recent history. But now Brexit is on the horizon. President Trump is in the White House. The political landscape of Europe is shifting before our eyes. And the Labour Party is marching towards oblivion determinedly ignoring the concerns of the working men and women on whose support it was built.  Now, we have a heaven-sent opportunity to achieve the radical and permanent political change that Britain is crying out for. Stoke-on-Trent Central was one of the highest Leave-voting constituencies, at 69.4%. All the signs on the ground are that the Labour vote is softening. The bookies have two parties in it – Labour at around 5-4 on, and UKIP shortening to 7-4 so far, with everyone else (Tories, Lib-Dems and also-rans) at 10-1 or worse. Clearly, only UKIP can beat Labour here. If the Tories fight us, it will only be because they cynically want to keep Corbyn in place. This is another crucial moment for us, in UKIP’s ongoing mission to break the monopoly of the political class, and take back control for the people. With your help, we can do...

UKIP Copeland

UKIP Copeland

Jan 20, 2017

Local NHS worker selected as UKIP candidate for the Copeland By-Election UKIP has selected Fiona Mills as their candidate in the forthcoming Copeland by-election. Fiona, who was recently elected to the UKIP NEC works in the local NHS and was the UKIP candidate in Carlisle in the General Election. Fiona Mills said, “I am honoured and delighted to have been selected by the UKIP West Cumbria branch to be their Copeland candidate. As UKIP Cumbria Chairman I travel all over the county and it is my feeling that people want a Member of Parliament who will truly represent them.  I will do precisely that. “The main issues in Copeland are health service provision and the nuclear industry. UKIP strongly supports both.  I have worked in the NHS for 24 years, I’m passionate about improving and preserving it and I’m proud to have helped write UKIP’s excellent Health Policy.  We have solutions to the current health crises. “Copeland voted 62% to leave the EU and what better way to send a message to the government that we want a full Brexit as soon as possible than to return a UKIP MP! “I hope to meet and talk to as many constituents as possible so that I can take on board their concerns.  Unlike other parties, UKIP does not have a party whip so I am completely free to be the people’s voice.”  UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, “Fiona Mills is a passionate advocate for people, both in her politics and her work for Cumbria’s NHS. “I cannot imagine anybody better to represent the people of Copeland, and I believe that in a constituency that firmly backed Brexit, in her they will find somebody on their wavelength and prepared to put in the extra yard for their interests. I am delighted that she has been selected as the UKIP...

Don’t bully Brexit Britain

Don’t bully Brexit Britain

Jan 19, 2017

Brexit Britain will not be bullied by EU • European Parliament, Strasbourg, 18 January 2017 • Paul Nuttall MEP, UKIP Leader (UK Independence Party, North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – @paulnuttallukip • Debate: Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 15 December 2016 European Council and Commission statements [2016/2789(RSP)] Transcript: “Well, Mr President, first allow me to congratulate you on your election. Well done. I think it’s interesting that the conclusions of the Council meeting raise the issues of migration and security because these two issues go hand in hand, as has recently been shown by the attacks on our continent. Certain politicians, who I don’t have to name here in this speech, should their hang their heads in shame because of their dangerous and reckless policies which have allowed jihadis to cross our borders, freely without checks. Thank goodness we, the UK, will be leaving. Yesterday our Prime Minister, Theresa May, set out her negotiation positions whilst some of it I applaud, other parts I find concerning. Firstly, I am worried that the so-called interim arrangements and phased implementation is simply Whitehall speak for a slow motion Brexit and I am also concerned that there was no mention of immediate immigration controls which means that by the time we are fully out of the EU, on current trends, we could have another million people coming to our country from the continent. And no-one in Britain bar UKIP, my party, is holding the government to account on these issues, maybe because the British Labour Party is a shambles that has let down working class people for far too long. I am, however glad, that the Prime Minister made it clear that we are leaving the Single Market. This would allow us, if the government has the will power to control our own borders, not pay a membership fee or not have to comply with EU Directives and Regulations. So I say to the EU negotiators, now is not the time for empty threats. Britain is not bluffing, Britain will not be bullied. Britain is not some sort of small nation on the peripheries of Europe. We are the United...

Labour’s confusion over immigration

Labour’s confusion over immigration

Jan 17, 2017

Voters blame Labour’s polices not foreigners for the country’s immigration problem In response to the latest YouGov figures which show that 54% of Labour voters want to see immigration controls in the UK tightened while only 30% are happy with the status quo which Jeremy Corbyn supports – UKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, “70% of the country, including a majority of Labour voters, wants to see a serious immigration policy such as UKIP’s Australian points based system. “It is clear that the Labour Party no longer even pretends to represent the ordinary working man or woman in this country on things that really matter to them. “It is a simple truth that today what UKIP is the only authentic political voice for those that Labour’s high command have left far behind. “Voters across the UK already know this. In towns and cities across the country particularly in places such as Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent people will soon have an opportunity to make their views clear. “Labour claim that their own voters are blaming foreigners for their problems. No Mr Corbyn, they are blaming the Labour Party’s tried and failed immigration policies.”...

Response to PM’s Brexit speech

Response to PM’s Brexit speech

Jan 17, 2017

PRESS RELEASE UKIP LEADER COMMENTS ON THERESA MAY BREXIT SPEECH UKIP leader Paul Nuttall, commenting on Theresa May’s Brexit speech, speaking from the European Parliament, Strasbourg, said, “Some of it did sound like a UKIP conference speech and she’s now applying some of the things that we’ve been talking about for many, many years.” “I am concerned that what we’re getting is some sort of slow-motion Brexit where she is speaking about interim measures, or a transitional period, which will only begin after April 2019. She has given no end date to these transitional measures.  “I challenge the Prime Minister; let’s have this all done and dusted before the next General Election in 2020. On a positive note I would probably give a 7 out of 10 today,” said Mr Nuttall, North West Euro-MP.  “Good marks for saying we are leaving the EU’s Single Market and stopping mass immigration. However, the vital issues of leaving the European Court of Human Rights and taking back control of our fishing waters have been left out completely.   “As Justice and Home Affairs minister, Theresa May always talked tough but failed to deliver. I challenge her to change the habit of a political lifetime and actually deliver this time. And I mean on time and in full.” ends...