North West Region

Support the armed forces

Support the armed forces

Apr 17, 2017

Dear Editor, Now that Article 50 has been triggered and we are on course to leave the EU there are many important issues that need resolving. There are further cuts being planned, cuts that will affect most of us and they need immediate attention from the government. One in particular is defence, which should be the first priority of any government. After years of savage cuts under Cameron’s coalition, our armed services suffered severely, while it became set in law that we must give 0.7% of our GDP away in overseas aid, which now equates to more than £13.5 billion each year and continues to grow as our economy grows. Yet, there is speculation that more cuts are in the pipeline for our armed services, in particular for the Royal Marines with their capability reduced and the Royal Navy and their flagship HMS Ocean, which may be sold next year, as well as an exodus from both the army and RAF personnel for a variety of reasons including poor accommodation. The world becomes more dangerous by the minute and with the escalating trouble and rising tensions between Syria, Russia and the US as well as North Korea, it is high time that we invest properly in our armed services and with it the defence of the realm and our interests around the world. As we are about to become an independent nation again it is important that we prioritise what matters most for our future and that the first priority is defending it. Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West...

Greek Tragedy ongoing

Greek Tragedy ongoing

Apr 10, 2017

Dear Editor, We all know that tragedies – terrorist and otherwise – are unfolding every day but one country it is easy to overlook in terms of terrible hardship is Greece. The country is partway through its third eurozone bailout programme and it has come as no surprise to anyone that it has not gone smoothly. It has been teetering on the brink of economic collapse for so long that most people in this country scarcely give it a thought.  The on-going financial crisis has ruined the lives of tens of thousands of ordinary people and while politicians and finance chiefs bicker, residents of the land, famed for being the cradle of Western civilisation, struggle to get by. The future does not look good for Greece and its plight highlights why we were so right in the UK to vote for Brexit and why not joining the eurozone was an immensely sensible decision for us. The EU loves nothing more than meddling in the affairs of its member states, regardless of whether that is best for that country. All that is important to the Eurocrats is that their beloved European Union project continues and to hell with the wishes and needs of those living in the various member countries. Yours faithfully, Paul Nuttall...

Gorton Candidate Announced

Gorton Candidate Announced

Apr 6, 2017

PRESS RELEASE UKIP MANCHESTER GORTON CANDIDATE ANNOUNCED UKIP have announced Phil Eckersley as their candidate in the forthcoming Manchester Gorton by-election. Phil, managing director of a social care company, wants to work with residents to create a better life for them. “I believe that the people of Gorton are looking for a strong and positive voice to stand up for their community. “They are a proud people who deserve the best opportunities to fulfil their potential but have been let down by successive Labour Governments and local Labour representation. “I will be standing to bring back the feeling of pride in Manchester Gorton and work to enable residents to create a better life for themselves and their families.  Labour have had it too easy in Manchester for too long, they have lost the trust of local people.   “Gorton needs something different for real change, Gorton needs UKIP,” said Phil, who was previously a qualified Quantity Surveyor.  Phil, 31, was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester and spent his early years living in Droylesden, Manchester on a council estate. Later he lived in Droylesden and Oldham  and spent most of his time striving to become a professional goalkeeper, having played for Bury FC, Rochdale FC and Oldham Athletic at YTS level. However realising that he would not reach a high enough level of standard in football he decided to concentrate on his studies. He achieved a BSc (Hons) First Class degree after studying Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying at the University of Manchester. He was then approached by Salford University upon graduation to be paid to take his Masters degree in order to continue his dissertation project and research, which he declined to pursue his career. After a total of two years in the construction industry and with the 2008 recession he decided to start up a social care company which he still runs. “I took this decision after having my own experiences of how poor care was being provided in the community and wanted to offer something better,” said Phil. At University he was a member of the Socialist Party and supported the left-wing euro-sceptic NO2EU – Yes to Democracy campaign but his left wing beliefs...

Gibraltar is British

Gibraltar is British

Apr 5, 2017

A solution to prevent Gibraltar being used as a pawn in Brexit talks – UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall • European Parliament, Strasbourg, 05 April 2017 • Paul Nuttall MEP, UKIP Leader (UK Independence Party, North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group – @paulnuttallukip • Debate: Negotiations with the United Kingdom following its notification that it intends to withdraw from the European Union [2017/2593(RSP)]     TRANSCRIPT: “Thank you, I think what we have witnessed over the past week has been the unedifying spectacle of posturing and veiled threats. From the ludicrous suggestion that we will be saddled with a 50 billion pounds divorce bill – although we are a net contributor to the EU budget – to the claim that no trade deal will be negotiated until the end of the Article 50 process. This I guarantee would cause immense damage to the economies of the EU and would result in putting many of your citizens out of work. It is we call in the UK cutting off your nose to spite your face. However, the most offensive positive you have taken is the proposal that Spain will have the right to veto any Brexit deal over the issue of Gibraltar. I want to make it clear in this chamber today that the people of Gibraltar are proudly British. In 2002, 99% of Gibraltarians voted in a referendum against shared sovereignty with Spain and the wishes of the people should be upheld. I do however have a solution that will prevent Gibraltar being used as a pawn in these Brexit negotiations and indeed end Spanish claims once and for all: Make Gibraltar a fully integrated part of the UK. Give her and our other Overseas Territories their own Member of Parliament. Give Gibraltar real influence and a voice in Westminster and send a clear message that Gibraltar is not for sale. In this area, we, the UK, can learn from our Continental cousins, as the French give representation to their Overseas Territories, and I propose that we should too. I have been calling for this for many years and with the unique opportunities that Brexit has given us, I believe it...

Liverpool Region Mayoral candidate

Liverpool Region Mayoral candidate

Mar 29, 2017

UKIP has announced their candidate for the role of Liverpool City Region Mayor. Paula Walters, who is chairman of UKIP Wirral, is standing on the platform of wanting to put power back in the hands of residents. Mrs Walters explained, “ I can’t promise all things to all people but I can promise to make every penny count and listen to what matters to residents of the entire region.  ‘i know there are fears that Liverpool will receive the bulk of investment and resources and I would ensure that they are distributed fairly across the region. “There are many issues that need addressing and I believe that the views of residents, whose lives are affected by each and every decision are vital to those decision making processes. “I will continue my campaign to scrap tunnel fees which I strongly believe should be part of the road network, this is just another tax on the residents both sides of the water.  Others talk of reducing them but frankly that is not good enough and they need to be abolished. “And there should not be tolls on either of the Runcorn bridges when the Mersey Gateway Bridge opens. That will be an unfair tax of both local residents and business. “I would do everything possible to help our small businesses and find it so sad to walk along our neglected high streets, once the heart of our communities, to see premises boarded up, with the the only sign of life charity shops, betting shops and payday loan businesses. “I want to see our young people taken off the scrap heap and into apprenticeships to give them aspirations and a quality of life, not the zero hour contracts that ensure the rich get richer at the expense of our future generation. “The rest is up to each and every resident and I want to be their voice,  a voice that has been shouting for too long but not heard.” Mrs Walters, who is in charge of one of the most thriving UKIP branches in the North West, lives in New Brighton with her family. A civil servant, she has qualifications including a BA in English and BSc...